On Saturday, a large number of SFEA players--boys and girls--will be playing for their respective high schools in sectional finals. In fact, over 30 San Francisco players from SFEA's senior boys and girls teams will be playing tomorrow to bring their high school championship glory.
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, Lowell makes another late season run at championship glory by playing in the San Francisco Section final tomorrow versus Mission at 1.30pm at Boxer Stadium. The Lowell girls are 13-2-1 and feature a host of SFEA players--including Hannah McCord, Mariko Hokamura, Kalea Papandrew, Shannon Li, Camila Bodden, Sarah Ginsburg, Simone Wesley, Natalia Potente. On the 8-2-1 Mission side of the championship tilt is SFEA player Raquel Lau.
In addition, 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.
Congratulations to the SFEA 2002 Boys, as well as the 2003 and 2005 Girls' teams, for claiming NorCal Champions League spots for the spring of 2019. Champions League divisions represent the highest level of play in northern California outside U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. All three teams had remarkable fall seasons that ended with them being in the critical top spots of their NPL 1 divisions.
For the 2002 Boys, NPL Champions League was our team goal for the fall," said Bobby Quinlan, head coach of the SFEA 2002 boys. As a group we created a set of values and expectations and it included Champions League play as a critical goal. I'm very proud of the team for working to be better each day, and now we look forward to competing for Champions League and State Cup titles this spring."
For the 2003 Girls it will be a second Champions League qualification in a row. Nonetheless, head coach Jeff Wilson knows that his 2003 girls cherish the high level competition. "The 2003 girls love competing against the very best players and clubs throughout Northern California. Like their accomplishments on the field, these girls are also successfully excelling in the classrooms of some of the most prestigious high schools in the bay area. They've learned to balance daily schedules filled with college preparatory courses as well as competition against the most accomplished soccer players around. It all adds up to these 2003 girls being prepared for many great things ahead."
Currently, the 2002 Boys and 2003 teams are on a winter break while most of their players participate in high school play. The 2005 girls, who have also qualified for Champions League, are continuing to train together as a group over the winter. "The 2005 Girls have really benefited with our club philosophy of mixing some training and play opportunties across age groups," said Tom Atencio, head coach of the 2005 Girls. "They go against the 2004 Girls quite often and that highly competitive environment carries them into games and in turn the Champions League for spring as well as our great results at 2018 Surf College Cup. In fact, across the 2004 and 2005 teams we have 8 players on the state PDP team, which is comparable to the very best ECNL teams in northern California. It's a credit to the girls themselves as well as the carefully considered training environment we've established to help them be the top players they want to become."
Good luck to all three teams this spring as they compete in the very highest divisions of Norcal play available.
Congratulations to the following 10 of our 13 SFEA teams for making the round of 16 in Norcal State Cup!
2003 Girls NPL
2003 Girls Norcal
2004 Girls NPL
2006 Girls Norcal
2004 Boys Norcal
These teams will resume play on April 14th and 15th, and be fighting for a coveted spot in the final 8 teams of their age group and cup divisions.
As the premier destination for the city’s top soccer players, the San Francisco Elite Academy is proud of its many high school boys and girls players. On the boys’ side of our program, over the next week, a large number of SFEA players and coaches will face one another in high stakes games for the San Francisco high school, boys’ winter soccer playing season.
On Friday 1/19, at 3.30pm at Paul Goode Field, University High School will host Lick-Wilmerding and the match will host some 15 SFEA players and two SFEA coaches. University’s varsity team features 7 SF Elite Academy boys players--Nico Petry Mitchell, Luke Bronson, Henry Gorelik, Zeke Ume-Ukeje, Max Edelstein, Owen Flanagan, and Nicolas Galleno. On the Lick side, there are also 7 players from the SF Elite Academy--Nathan Logam, Will Roos, Harrison Gable, Max Beldner, Wyatt Young, Zeke Ruben-Moore, Ruben Rathje and Alex Koh-Bell.
It’s not just players going head to head. Chris Flanagan, SFEA’s Director of Soccer Operations and U19 coach, is the assistant coach at University. And Lick is led by Barry McCabe, SFEA’s Director of Athletic development and injury prevention.
The following Wednesday, on 1/24 at Kezar Stadium at 7pm, the intense sporting rivalry between Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep and St. Ignatius Prep continues when the teams meet in soccer. Beyond Sacred Heart longtime head coach, Jeff Wilson, SFEA’s Technical Director for Girls as well as head coach of two SFEA teams (2003 Boys and 2003 Girls), there will be some 16 SFEA players seeking honors in this annual rivalry match. SFEA players at Sacred Heart include Theo Malliaras, Parker Whitcomb, Ian Eadie, Luke Belber, Alec Perliss, Dash Biesemeyer, Eli Streiker-Hirt, Ellis Brenneman and Alex Bonnville; and, on the St. Ignatius side of the field Alex Bailey, Nick Brown, Kol Van Giesen, Chris Miglio, Armando Malton, Eric Connell and Reid Pollino will feature.
If you’re a fan of San Francisco youth soccer don’t miss these two rivalry high school matches and the chance to see some great winter soccer.
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