Earlier in the day, Strikers FC-OC coach Craig Bull and his girls watched and cheered as two fellow Strikers FC teams clinched the Boys Under 12 and Under 13 Cal South National Cup Championship. As the third Strikers FC team playing in a final, this one against a fierce So Cal Blues team, they knew the pressure to win was on.
Luckily for them, a single goal in extra time broke through, leading them to the championship title, the third of the day for the Strikers FC organization.
“Watching the boys this morning and watching them win, I think added a little bit more pressure to us to finish off with a Girls victory as well,” said coach Bull. “The guys in the Boys side do a fantastic job as well; I think we build a good platform for these players at a young age and that allows us to provide not just one good team, but throughout all the ages.”
In the start of the year, winning the Cal South National Cup was out of reach. Like many other teams, Strikers FC-OC’s Girls Under 12 needed to adjust to the new US Soccer age group changes, forcing the U11 group that won last year’s Cal South State Cup to disintegrate, with many players moving up or down.
With that, coach Bull knew his new group of girls had to bond and work together as a team to be able to get back to the success that they enjoyed in previous years.
“It took them some time to mesh the group together,” he said. “We’ve managed that and jumped over many hurdles and it’s great to finish the season with a win. Looking at the team spirit and how the team played out there, the chemistry of the group, it makes it all worth it.”