Cal South’s Boys 2001 and Girls 2000 and 2001 ODP teams are in Phoenix to proudly represent the Southern California region at the 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships that will kick off this Friday, March 3 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex.
The competition will kick off with a knockout Semifinal match between teams. The winning teams will move on to Sunday’s final, while the remaining teams will play consolation games also on Sunday.
In early January 2017, a total of eight Cal South ODP teams were crowned champions at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships that also took place in the same location. Only the 2000 and 2001 age groups would move on to the national championships where they will face their Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, New York West, and Iowa ODP counterparts.
In 2016, Cal South clinched three ODP National Championships, with Cal South’s 2000 Girls team with the opportunity to clinch their second consecutive national title. In the tournament’s history, Cal South has claimed a total of 34 ODP National Championships.
The following is the schedule for the group phase of the tournament. Stay tuned for more news and game schedule.
|SEMIFINALS: FRIDAY, MARCH 3|
|1:00 PM||2002G||New York West||-||Cal South|
|1:00 PM||2001B||Florida||-||Cal South|
|8:00 PM||2000G||Cal South||-||Virginia|
Eight Cal South PRO+ | ODP Teams were crowned champions on Sunday morning at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships that took place at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Last year’s Regional and National Champion, the 2000 Boys Team, fell 1-0 to Oregon in the final, while the 2002 Boys team fell 3-1 in the Semifinal against Utah.
With the eight titles earned this year, Cal South now sums a total of 71 US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships throughout history.
Southern California’s 2000 and 2002 Girls, and the 2001, 2003 and 2004 Boys and Girls Teams were crowned champions in their respective age groups after four consecutive days of action.
With the win, the 2000 Girls, 2001 Boys and Girls will now move on the 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships that will take place in the same location starting March 2-5.
Early in 2016, Cal South claimed five of the 10 titles up for grabs in last year’s edition, with the 2000 and 2001 Girls Teams being consistently at the top for the past four tournaments; Cal South’s 2000 Girls Team can repeat as National ODP Champion, should they win in the upcoming edition.
The following are match highlights of the final games, provided by US Youth Soccer Communications:
A strong start helped Oregon come away with a 1-0 win over Cal South and claim a spot in the 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships. Oregon’s Zachary Velasco put the ball in the net in the 24th minute for the lone goal of the game. Oregon had a strong defensive presence in the second half to prevent an attacking Cal South from tying up the game.
In the 2000 Girls age group, Cal South edged out Washington 3-1, and earned a spot in the 2017 ODP Championships. Helen Burke scored first for Cal South in the 19th minute and her teammate Amber McCorkie doubled the lead in the 41st minute. Washington’s Makenna Carr scored her eighth goal of the event in the 64th minute and Jenna Nighswonger put the game out of reach in the 77th minute to bring the final score to 3-1.
In the final game of the 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships, Cal South defeated Arizona Red, 3-0. Diego Aragon found the back of the net in the 15th minute, and his teammate Brandon Garcia scored in the 25th minute. Soon after the second half started, Daniel Martinez netted the final goal for Cal South.
The Cal South 2001 Girls wrapped up an undefeated tournament with a close 1-0 victory over Utah. The first and second half were scoreless for both sides, but Samantha Williams added a late goal in the first set of extra time to grab the victory. Despite a strong attacking presence from Utah, Cal South was able to hold onto its lead until the final whistle blew.
In a matchup between Washington and Cal South, it was Cal South who came out on top 3-1. First to score for Washington was Zoe Burns with the only first half goal for either team. In the second half, it was all Cal South. Cal South’s Cordeila Cross found the back of the net in the 63rd minute and Nya Harrison scored twice in extra time, just two minutes apart, to give Cal South the final 3-1 edge.
A late goal helped Cal South earn a 2-1 win against Arizona to claim the 2002 Boys ODP Region IV Championship title. Joshan Darji scored the lone goal in the first half to send Cal South into halftime with a 1-0 lead. Arizona’s Alexander Kessler scored his fifth goal of the event in the 62nd minute to tie the match, but it was Eduardo Villeda’s goal in extra time that gave Cal South the final edge.
A faceoff between two tough teams in the 2003 Girls division led to a 2-0 win for Cal South against Washington. Velize King was first to score for her team in the 17th minute, and just nine minutes later her teammate Kayla Colbert found the back of the net for the fourth time in the ODP Region IV Championships. Cal South played an impressive defense in the second half to give them the final 2-0 advantage.
In a winner-take-all matchup, Cal South defeated Arizona, 3-0. Cal South’s Stefano Brunetto had two goals in ten minutes to open the half and Cal South didn’t look back from there. Cesar Bahena added his third goal of the event in the 67th minute to increase the lead, and that was enough to give Cal South the final advantage over Arizona.
Two back-to-back goals from Cailey Jackson in the first half of play was enough to jumpstart Cal South to a 4-0 victory over Nevada. Alyssa Thompson also added a goal in the 27th minute, and to close out the second half, Ally Lemos netted the fourth and final goal for Cal South.
Cal South held its 35th Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon and Awards Ceremony last Saturday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach to honor the top teams, coaches, players, referees and administrators throughout Southern California.
Over 400 guests came together at the Bixby Ballroom to pay tribute to those that excelled in their respective positions throughout the 2016 season. Among the invitees, US Youth Soccer Director of Event Management Angie Eliason and Region IV Chair Ric Listella joined Cal South to celebrate its honorees.
This year, Cal South inducted former Treasurer Ken Goldman, as well as former MLS and US Men’s National Team player Landon Donovan into the 2017 Cal South Hall of Fame. The two now join a list of Hall of Famers that include Amy Rodriguez, Carlos Bocanegra, Eric Wynalda and Marcelo Balboa.
Another former US Men’s National Team player Paul Caligiuri was also honored on Saturday night, being awarded with the President’s Award by Derek Barraza. All coaches who won a National President’s Cup title or National Championship were also present along with their teams, with coaches being awarded the Excellence in Coaching Award.
The following is a full list of the honorees:
President’s Award: Paul Caligiuri, Gary Sparks
Youth Male Player of the Year: Diego Caballero
Youth Female Player of the Year: Ashley Sanchez
Adult Team of the Year: La Maquina FC
District 1: Manny Neves
District 2: Ryan Gold, Brad Ackles, Traci Trask, Skye O’Grady
District 3: James Harmon, Shreene Walter, Peter Carey
District 4: Robert Friedland
District 5: Cathy Reynosa, Graham Holmes
District 6: Andrew Kendall
District 7: West Valley Soccer League, Santa Barbara Soccer Club
TOPSoccer Coach of the Year: Jean-Marie Barbara
TOPSoccer Volunteers of the Year: Petra Azar, Doug Lange
Excellence in Coaching Award: Carl Higham, James Murphy, Randy Dodge, Robert Friedland, Charles Gordon, Leo Ledezma, Carlos Basso, Rudy Ybarra
Male Youth Referee of the Year: Matthew J Schumacher
Female Youth Referee of the Year: Maria Cruz
Male Adult Referee of the Year: Osvaldo Delgado-Landeros
Female Adult Referee of the Year: Samantha Martinez
Class of 2017 Cal South Hall of Fame inductees: Landon Donovan, Ken Goldman
Cal South’s 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Boys and Girls ODP teams are in Phoenix ready to represent Southern California at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships that will kick off on Thursday, January 5.
Early in 2016, Cal South’s 1999 Girls, 2000 Boys, 2000 Girls, 2001 Girls, and 2002 Boys Teams claimed five of the 10 titles up for grabs at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region IV Championships that also took place at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The teams then moved on to the ODP National Championships where they clinched three titles.
The following is the schedule for the group phase of the tournament. Stay tuned for more news and game schedule.
|THURSDAY, JANUARY 5|
|8:00 AM||2002B/A||Cal South||-||Washington|
|8:00 AM||2003B/A||Idaho||-||Cal South|
|8:00 AM||2004B/D||Arizona WC||-||Cal South|
|10:00 AM||2000B/C||Idaho||-||Cal South|
|10:00 AM||2001B/B||Cal South||LIVE||Arizona|
|12:00 PM||2000G/A||Alaska||-||Cal South|
|12:00 PM||2003G/B||Hawaii||-||Cal South|
|12:00 PM||2004G/A||Cal South||-||New Mexico|
|2:00 PM||2001G/C||Cal South||-||Nevada|
|2:00 PM||2002G/B||Cal South||-||Alaska|
|4:00 PM||2000B/C||Cal North||-||Cal South|
|4:00 PM||2001B/B||Idaho||LIVE||Cal South|
|4:00 PM||2002B/A||Cal South||-||New Mexico|
|4:00 PM||2003B/A||Cal South||-||Oregon WC|
|4:00 PM||2004B/D||Nevada||-||Cal South|
|FRIDAY, JANUARY 6|
|8:00 AM||2000G/A||Cal South||-||Arizona|
|8:00 AM||2002G/B||Arizona||-||Cal South|
|8:00 AM||2003G/B||Cal South||-||Utah|
|10:00 AM||2001G/C||Idaho||-||Cal South|
|10:00 AM||2004G/A||Oregon||-||Cal South|
|12:00 PM||2002B/A||Oregon||-||Cal South|
|12:00 PM||2003B/A||Alaska||-||Cal South|
|12:00 PM||2004B/D||Cal South||-||Montana|
|2:00 PM||2000B/C||Utah||-||Cal South|
|2:00 PM||2001B/B||Cal South||LIVE||Eastern Washington|
|4:00 PM||2000G/A||Eastern Washington||-||Cal South|
|4:00 PM||2003G/B||Idaho||-||Cal South|
|6:00 PM||2001G/C||Colorado||-||Cal South|
|6:00 PM||2002G/B||Cal South||-||Washington|
|6:00 PM||2004G/A||Cal South||-||Arizona|
Fifty-four Cal South players were named to US Youth Soccer ODP All-Tournament Teams for the 2017 ODP Region IV Championships, which took place from Jan5-8 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. In the regional competition featuring elite players in the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 age groups, Cal South returned to Southern California with eight of the possible 10 titles.
Cal South’s 2000 Girls and 2001 Boys and Girls will now represent Region IV at the ODP National Championships at the end of February.
The All-Tournament Teams were selected from US Youth Soccer Regional Coach evaluations. Throughout the event players attended training sessions and competed in matches in front of collegiate coaches for the opportunity to be selected to a higher level of play.
The following are the 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships All-Tournament Teams by age group:
|2000 BOYS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Harrison Kepp||Cal North|
|Yohannes Kalonji||Cal North|
|Javier Sanchez||Cal South|
|Praise Maduekwe||Cal South|
|Jack Monach||Cal South|
|Diego Caballero||Cal South|
|Andy Garcia||Cal South|
|Christian Zavala||Cal South|
|2000 GIRLS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Julianne Dominguez||Cal South|
|Sierra Enge||Cal South|
|Zoe Hasenauer||Cal South|
|Amber McCorkie||Cal South|
|Molly Myers||Cal North|
|Jenna Nighswonger||Cal North|
|Kailey Smith||Cal South|
|Sydney Sparks||Cal South|
|Mattison Interian||Cal South|
|2001 BOYS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Brandon Garcia||Cal South|
|Frank Daroma||Cal South|
|Eugene Von Der Watt||Cal South|
|Julian Araujo||Cal South|
|Buba Fofanah||Cal South|
|Diego Aragon||Cal South|
|2001 GIRLS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Janae DeFazio||Cal North|
|Alead Treiterer||Cal North|
|Clarissa Ramirez||Cal South|
|Chloe Ragon||Cal South|
|Lilli Rask||Cal South|
|Kennedy Wesley||Cal South|
|Kate Wiesner||Cal South|
|Sarai Zedingil||Cal South|
|Marissa Bankey||Eastern Washington|
|Alisa Crooks||Eastern Washington|
|2002 BOYS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Aaron Edwards||Cal North|
|David Mitzner||Cal South|
|Diego Rivera||Cal South|
|Michael Salceda||Cal South|
|Tyler Oakson||Cal South|
|2002 GIRLS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Alexa Gonzalez||Cal South|
|Nya Harrison||Cal South|
|Lucy Hayward||Cal South|
|Sharya James||Cal North|
|Isabel Loza||Cal South|
|Haley Mossmer||Cal South|
|Alyssa Romero||Cal South|
|Brooke Shultz||New Mexico|
|2003 BOYS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Tyler Reavis||Cal North|
|Felix Barajas||Cal South|
|Eduardo Villeda||Cal South|
|Joshan Darji||Cal South|
|Saul Gomez||Cal South|
|Fletcher Banks||Cal South|
|Finn Mahoney||Cal South|
|Jamin Gogo Peters||Oregon|
|2003 GIRLS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Madison Goldberg||Cal North|
|Mia Solorio-Smith||Cal North|
|Camille Garcia||Cal North|
|Kira Ybarra||Cal South|
|Courtney Boone||Cal South|
|Kayla Colbert||Cal South|
|Simone Jackson||Cal South|
|Phoenix Dawn Miranda||Hawaii|
|2004 BOYS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Stefano Brunetto||Cal North|
|Alex Medina||Cal North|
|Marcus Flores||Cal North|
|Gustavo Ledesma||Cal North|
|Alejandro Cano||Cal North|
|Miguel Hernandez||Cal South|
|Francisco Castrejon||Cal South|
|Jonathan Martinez||Cal South|
|Jonathan Santillan||Cal South|
|2004 GIRLS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|Ashleigh Garcia||Cal North|
|Emma Corcoran||Cal North|
|Brooklyn Antonucci||Cal South|
|Danielle Pineda||Cal South|
|Ally Lemos||Cal South|
|Alyssa Thompson||Cal South|
|Lindsay Chau||Cal South|
Finding something to do at any given moment is easy, but finding something enjoyable is a different task. For the then 13-year-old Petra Azar, finding something she enjoyed doing on a Friday night was difficult. That was until she found out about the TOPSoccer Program.
During a conversation, a family friend suggested to Petra that she join one of the many TOPSoccer Programs there are throughout Southern California. The Santa Ana native knew she liked working with kids, and to mix in soccer, a sport she had been playing since she was a toddler, it was a no brainer.
“We researched it, emailed Orange County, and Yorba Linda,” said Petra’s mom Vina Azar. “We heard about through a friend without an explanation, we didn’t know much about it, but she thought, ‘soccer, kids, why not?’”
According to the Cal South TOPSoccer Chair Sandy Castillo, Petra reached out to two programs without hearing back. After seeing Petra’s eagerness to join the program, she decided to take her under her program at JUSA.
Three years and endless of memories later, Petra has been named the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region IV TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year, and she will be honored at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Gala that will be taking place on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“We were kind of lost until Sandy called us because we got a letter and we thought she was volunteering up in LA,” her mom admitted.
“Honestly, it means the world to me!” Petra said about being named Region IV TOPSoccer Buddy. “I did not expect this. I just went to TOPSoccer because I loved it. I did not even know they gave Buddy of the Year awards.”
With her naming to the regional award, Petra is now eligible to win the national award, which will also be named during the January Gala.
“My experience has been fantastic!” Petra exclaimed. “It’s been difficult at times but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. I love every minute of it.”
Like many teenagers, Petra’s life involves numerous events – from being a member of the National Honor Society at El Modena High School to soccer practice with her Albion OC team to volunteering with the City of Anaheim. But even though her life may be busy, the one thing she always looks forward to during the week are Fridays because that only means that she’ll be going to the TOPSoccer Program where she will help others have an enjoyable experience, while creating memories of her own.
“It’s the little things – the high fives, the hugs. It’s honestly all the little memories and whenever the kids do something, they always ask me for piggy back rides, which is difficult on my knees but I still manage it,” she joked.
“What I loved the most is that she got in the car and she would tell stories, mention the kids’ names and he did this and she said this, and this is what we did, she was talking all the way home, which was a 20-minute drive,” Petra’s mom said. “She was talking about what happened in the practice or the game, or who gave her a hug. She was always excited about telling me about the afternoon.”
Although Petra and her family have earned a great experience through her being part of the TOPSoccer Program, the participants have also gained a great experience thanks to Petra.
“Petra really is an amazing TOPSoccer Buddy and such a sweetheart!” Sandy said. “She has great relationships with all players and coaches, and she has such a passion for the sport and the program.”
On behalf of Cal South, congratulations to Petra Azar on her commitment and accomplishments with the TOPSoccer Program!
Click here if you would like to learn more about the Cal South TOPSoccer Program.