Surf SC at #USYSNationalChampionship
With 10 national championships to their name, San Diego Surf SC is a well established premier youth soccer club that sets the standards for youth clubs across the nation.
This year, Surf SC 03s DA team competed in the inaugural Girls’ Academy Championships in Kansas City and scored the 3rd place in the Nation. The Surf 02s ECNL team earned a spot in the Final Four at the #ECNL Finals and walked off as Finalist. Now, the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Champions — Surf SC 05s — are off to US Youth Soccer’s National Championships to compete.
Youth Soccer News: Surf SC is well known as one of the very best youth soccer clubs in the country. This summer, the super talented Surf SC girls program had players competing in the ECNL Final Four, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship and now has a team off to test their skills in the US Youth Soccer Championship.
With three Surf SC Girls teams punching their tickets to the highest level national competitions in their leagues, the club’s dedication to player development has certainly proved its success.
Part I highlights Surf’s ECNL team in the #ECNLFinal and Part II highlights Surf SC 03’s punching their ticket to Kansas City for #DAChampionship Here is Part III highlighting Surf SC’s team coached by Craig Barclay punching their ticket to US Youth Soccer’s National Championships
National championships in any sport are rare and hard fought. Being among the best players in the country is a great honor and Surf SC 05’s Girls Academy team will soon be competing at the USYS National Championship in the hopes of being crowned National Champs.
Competing for the honor of National Champions as 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Champions does provide an edge — after all, being the best of the 14 western states is a great accomplishment and one that took determination as well as skill, technique, and focus.
As Cal South’s coverage reports, “After finishing in second place in the 2016-17 California Regional League, San Diego Surf’s Girls 2005 team decided that the following year would be different. And so they worked tirelessly with coach Craig Barclay to make it happen. One year later, all their hard work, dedication and desire to lift the trophy paid off as they clinched the top spot of the competition with 32 points and going undefeated throughout the entire tournament.”
“Word’s can’t describe how proud I am of this team,” said Craig Barclay, Surf SC Girls Director of Coaching, Zone One.
“Over the last three years, I’ve been lucky enough to watch these girls grow as players and people and couldn’t be prouder of their journey and development,” added Barclay.
It has been a youth soccer season of great accomplishments for this young and highly talented team. These Surf SC Academy players were proud when they won Cal South’s CRL earlier this year and advanced to compete for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Looking back at the start of the 2017/18 season we always knew we had a chance of competing for a national championship,” said Barclay. “Throughout the year, we spoke about climbing the ladder towards the National Championship and knew that every moment we stepped onto the fields was a moment for us to improve and would be the moments that define our success.”
“As 12 and 13-year-old girls, their ability to stick to their style of play and execute when the pressure was on proves what a special group of young players are on this team,” said Barclay.
Surf SC went undefeated at USYS Far West regionals – Here is a Recap of the Final Scores:
- Valley Revolution (AK) 0-9. SD Surf
- CCV Stars (AZ) 1-7 SD Surf
- SD Surf 3-0 Rush (HI)
- SD Surf 4-2 Crossfire United (OR)
- SD Surf 4-0 Surf Hawaii 05 (HI)
- SD Surf 1-0 Rush 05 (HI)
The road to any National Championship is never smooth. The team did experience adversity and stumbling blocks through the year — competition in the Southern California region is tough. The team’s biggest loss was in the National Cup but they turned that into fuel for success.
“It was moments and setbacks like these, that kept us grounded, motivated and hungry to work even harder.”
Our goal has always been to develop our players and improve as a team,” said Barclay. “These players have amazing dedication and commitment and are ready to compete for a chance to become National Champions. I know this experience will only strengthen the girls’ relationships with each other and allow them to create memories that will last for a lifetime.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with this team for the last three years. Their growth and success as players and people is undeniable,” said Barclay. “I can’t wait to see where their continued hard work and dedication will take them next.”