On Saturday, a large number of SFEA players--boys and girls--will be playing for their respective high schools in sectional finals. In fact, a whopping 18 players across SFEA's 2002 and 2001 boys teams alone will be competing for sectional titles tomorrow.
The San Francisco Elite Academy wishes all of our players still playing high school and their respective teams the best of luck as they wrap up their seasons. Many will be going on to next week's Norther California Regional Championship and we will keep you posted.
On the boys side, University High School 17-5-2 (featuring 7 SFEA boys players) will be playing Marin Academy 14-4-3 (with 2 SFEA boys) for the North Coast Section, Division IV title at 2pm Saturday at Paul Goode Field in the Presidio. University High School players include Luke Bronson, Henry Gorelik, Max Edelstein, Zeke Ume-Ukeje, Owen Flanagan, Nic Galleno, and Rocky Versace. Marin Academy features SFEA players Eli Swagel and Owen Swagel.
University High School and Marin Academy will be playing for the fourth time this winter, and University will be trying to back up its league season and league tournament championships while Marin Academy looks to avenge a heartbreaking loss on penalties in the league tournament final just two weeks ago.
Mission High School, at 13-1-3 will be playing for the San Francisco Section title against Washington High School 8-7-3 at 11am at Boxer Stadium. Mission features Mak Lau and Mike Larson while Washington has Michael Herrera and team captain Diego Vazquez-Diaz. The teams split their encounters this season and the section final should be a good one.
Additionally, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep 12-7-3 (with 6 SFEA players) will be playing Wilcox in Santa Clara for the Central Coast Sectional, Division III title. Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep is coming off an impressive 2-0 win over number one seeded Pioneer in the section semi final. SFEA players include Alec Perliss, Eli Streicker-Hirt, Ellis Brenneman, Alex Bonville, Connor Coyle, and Kian Jones.
On the girls side, SFEA players Lucinda Anderson, Grace Grassi and Sydney Ghobadian represent a Marin Academy girls team looking to put yet another feather in their cap. Sitting on a stellar 19-1-1 record, having won league and league tournament titles, Marin Academy will be playing Saturday against Cardinal Newman, the team that handed MA their only loss of the season in what was the very first game of the season. The final will be held at Santa Rosa High School at 7pm.
Since its inception, the San Francisco Elite Academy’s goal has been to raise the bar for San Francisco soccer and celebrate the success of the city’s most talented and dedicated soccer athletes. We are proud to see that goal realized, in part, through the year on year success of not only our club teams but those high school programs featuring our talented players as well. Again, best of luck to these players and their teams.
Tomorrow, Thursday February 7th, NorCal will be conducting the playoff draw for the finals of the 2018-2019 State Cup for U14-U19 Boys and Girls. The San Francisco Elite Academy has all of its 10 age-group teams (across genders) still in the competition, and eight of those teams (U19B, U17B, U16B, U19G, U17G, U16G, U15G, and U14G) will be playing in the final 32, the State Division, the highest division of State Cup play. Our U15B and U14B teams are in the Premier division or second group of 32 teams.
Congratulations to all of our teams on pushing into the elite bracket and good luck in the matches ahead!
The draw can be followed live on NorCal's Youtube page. And you cam read more about the draw on the NorCal website.
The San Francisco Elite Academy, along with so many others across the nation, are mourning the passing of a San Francisco soccer legend. Steve Negoesco, former University of San Francisco Men’s Soccer coach and winner of four national championships and 22 conference championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 93.
Coach Negoesco, for whom the University of San Francisco’s soccer field is aptly named, positively impacted so many players, coaches and people that it’s impossible to measure. Since its inception, the San Francisco Elite Academy has enjoyed a unique and close partnership with the University of San Francisco men’s and women’s soccer programs, and we are acutely aware that the relationship exists in no small part to the amazing work and accomplishments of Coach Negoesco. He will be truly missed but forever remembered.
A bay area soccer icon in his own right, John Doyle--former USF Don player, US National Team player and longtime professional player and coach--shared his thoughts about Coach Negoesco. “It’s a sad day when a man who was so influential to so many ways passes away," said Doyle. He had extraordinary real life experiences and he was always willing to take the time to share them with us. He gave me a chance at my dream school and always let me do what was best for my career, not always the USF soccer team. He said to me that what was good for you is good for the school. Many college coaches never let their players have that opportunity. I owe Steve a huge debt of gratitude in forming my career. Thank you, Steve. You are a legend and you will never be forgotten.”
Please read more via the links below on Coach Steve Negoesco and the many beautiful tributes being shared by those now honoring his memory.
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Soccer America (subscription)
The SF Elite Academy
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