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.
On Saturday, three San Francisco schools with a multitude of SFEA players participated in CIF's first Northern California championships for boys and girls soccer. St. Ignatius College Preparatory sought a boys Division I title; University High School chased a boys Division III title; and Lowell High School took the field seeking a girls Division IV title. While University came up just short, losing on a golden goal, both St. Ignatius boys and Lowell High School girls won their championship games on golden goals. In both SI's and Lowell's case, the golden goal was scored by an SFEA player–Alex Bailey netted for SI and Sarah Ginsburg for Lowell.
Each of the teams' rosters were littered with San Francisco Elite Academy players, who used their break from club play in the winter to lead their respective high school teams. St. Ignatius boys soccer features 7 players from SFEA, University High School boys 6 players, and Lowell High School 10 players. The large number of SFEA players in these dominant programs and others making a splash in San Francisco (like Sacred Heart that claimed a CCS section crown for both its boys and girls programs this year) is a testament to how the SFEA has helped elevate the level of soccer in the city.
"Our soccer program supports high school soccer," said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. "While we are well aware that college recruiters lean heavily on club play as a measuring stick for a player's potential, high school soccer remains a unique and valued playing environment that affords the player a chance to stay sharp in winter and make memories that last a lifetime. And, critically, we have a number of really terrific high school programs in San Francisco led by very capable and accomplished coaches."
Congratulations to these programs and the many others here in the city that had terrific high school season.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat on the Boys Division I title game.
The Manteca Bulletin on the Girls Division IV title game.
The San Francisco Elite Academy congratulates all of our high school players on their respective seasons. Today, we'd like to offer a special shout of praise to the many girls in our program who have taken their soccer skills to their various schools and enjoyed a great winter playing with their classmates. And we'd also like to share that two schools, Sacred Heart Cathedral (SHC) and Lowell High School, both schools are still playing—in the CIF Northern California Regional Girls Championship—feature 19 girls who pay club soccer with the San Francisco Elite Academy.
Sacred Heart Cathedral won the CCS Div 2 championship with a 2-0 win over Terra Nova last Saturday, earning themselves the #2 seed in the Division III NorCal Regional Championships. In Round 1, SHC beat Campolindo 3-2 with Senior, Paivi Miller putting in yet another mercurial performance in midfield (1 goal, 1asst), and Freshman standout Maggie Altman continuing her great run of form up front (1 goal). On Thursday, March 8, #2 SHC will face #6 Cardinal Newman, 6:30pm at Kezar Stadium.
SFEA Players at SHC include Catriona Black, Paivi Miller, Miriam Streicker-Hirt, Allison Phillips, Alyssa Forsman, Sophie Rodil, Gabby Rodil, Simone Barragan-Shaw, and Maggie Altman.
Lowell started the season with two wins in five games, before going on 14 game winning streak en route to their 21st consecutive league title, earning themselves the #4 seed in the Division IV NorCal Regional Championships. In Round 1, Lowell were able to grind out a 1-0 against #5 Oakland Tech. Lowell’s young team will face their toughest test yet on Thursday, March 8 at 4:00pm, when the face #1 University Prep in Redding, where they are 10-1 this season.
SFEA Players at Lowell include Ellie James, Camilla Bodden, Lea Thauvin, Mariko Hokamura, Hannah McCord, Kalea Pappendrew, Shannon Li, Sarah Ginsburg, Natalia Potente and Siena Stueland.
Good luck to all these girls and their school teams as they chase their respective regional titles.
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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