The SFEA 2004 Girls NPL team completed a strong weekend of play by claiming the title at the MVLA Tournament held this past weekend. The 2004 Girls squad. led by SFEA Head Coach Tom Atencio, went 4-0 over the weekend and won the final in dramatic fashion on penalty kicks. On the route to the final, the girls defeated West Coast, the San Jose Earthquakes and South San Jose, scoring 10 goals and only conceding 1, before facing off with the top West Coach team in the final.
Congratulations to the SFEA 2004 Boys for winning the spring 2018 NPL 2 title this past weekend. The boys ended the season with two matches to play on the final weekend, needing good results, and they did not disappoint. On Saturday, at Paul Goode Field, the team won 4-2 versus Star Academy in an exciting match that saw SFEA jump ahead 2-0 only to find themselves 2-2 with just 15 minutes to play. SFEA responded well by returning to its aggressive attacking play and put the match away with two goals to secure the win. On Sunday, SFEA played a great match, defeating third place Sunnyvale 4-0 at Skyline College and sealing their division championship. Congratulations to the entire team and head coach Nick Lusson on a fantastic season!
Congratulations to SFEA's 2003 Boys NPL team that finished a stellar weekend preparing for the upcoming spring season with an impressive runner-up finish at the Juventus Northern California Spring Showcase. The team faced great competition all weekend, and went into Sunday's final with a 1-1 draw against DeAnza Force 03B I, a 1-0 win over Sporting Santa Clara 03B Green, and a 2-0 win over SGV Surf 03B.
In the final they ran up against USA Stars Academy 03B Elite, of Sacramento, who had an impressive 9 goals for and only 2 against in taking three straight wins in group play. The final was closely fought, and although they had their chances the SFEA boys fell 1-0 after conceding a penalty kick. Congratulations to all the 2003 Boys on a terrific weekend and the future is bright for this team as it continues to get stronger.
The San Francisco Elite Academy sent 7 teams to this year's premier national showcase, the Surf College Cup Showcase, and several made a statement about the quality of their team, players and coaches with terrific performances.
Leading the way was the 2001 Boys, which recently qualified for the spring NPL Champions League. The 2001 Boys won two matches and tied one at Surf, meaning they finished first in their group of six teams. During the showcase, seven different players claimed goals and the 2001 boys scored 9 goals over their three matches. Also, doing well in San Diego were the 99/00 Boys and 2002 Girls. Both teams finished third in their groups. The 99/00 boys went 1-1-1 to finish third among six teams, and the 2002 Girls went 2-1 to finish third among eight teams.
Best of all, each of SFEA's seven participating teams (99/00, 01, and 02 Boys, and 01, 02, 03, 04 Girls) got to play in a pristine playing setting that included over 500 participating college coaches. College coaches were regular fixtures along the sidelines of SFEA games and were introduced to SFEA players with team rosters with player information. Congratulations to all our SFEA teams for what was yet another good year at Surf College Cup.
The San Francisco Elite Academy 99-00 Boys NPL team claimed the title of the Premier Division of the 2017 Davis Legacy Premier Cup this past Sunday. The team won the title by defeating San Jose Earthquakes 2000 Boys PDA 2-1 after two first half goals--one from a back post header by center back Chris Miglo and the other from eventual team player of the tournament, Theo Malliaras, on a clever back heel at the near post almost immediately after being introduced late in the first half. After the Quakes got a goal back the game took on an end-to-end style and goalkeeper Armando Malton and his defenders made several key stops to preserve the win and the cup title.
The match capped a successful weekend for team that saw them win against fellow NPL 1 west division rival AFC Academy 2-1 (goals by Nico Petry-Mitchel, PK/unassisted, and Theo Malliaras assisted by Jack Benninger) and defeat Butte United Red 99 by the same 2-1 score (goals by Kol Van Giesen and Alex Bailey, assisted by Chris Miglio and Nicky Brown, respectively).
In the team's only other match of the weekend, on Sunday morning, they were held scoreless and fell 1-0 to the team they wold again face in the final, San jose Earthquakes 2000 Boys PDA, who did not concede a goal in the three games that led them into the final. The Sunday morning match was a hard-fought one that featured multiple chances for both teams as well as long breaks in play from free kicks and referees cautioning or speaking with players. By the end of the stop-and-start match, both coaches were already becoming aware that the morning game would be but a precursor to the afternoon final based on the tournament format and standings.
"We learned a little about ourselves this weekend and got important contributions from everyone," said '99/'00 boys head coach Chris Flanagan. "Our goal was to play in the final and get everyone involved in the games, which is a luxury that we don't always have in NPL 1 league play. I was delighted for Theo, who came off the bench to get two game winning goals, as well as for a number of other guys who played extra minutes or in positions they were less accustomed to. By the end of the weekend we were short on numbers for a variety of reasons but the team dug in and got the victory against a good CV Quakes team that hadn't conceded a goal in the tournament and had to feel confident after beating us in the morning. Before the final I told the guys you don't often get second chances in soccer or life, so go out there and take advantage of every moment."
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