U9/U10 State Cup Champions Crowned
After a long and arduous, but fun, process, the U9 and U10 State Cup concluded this past weekend on an overcast day at Woodward Park in Manteca.
While more than 60 champions were crowned across all of the divisions, four teams stood out in winning State Division titles in the coveted NorCal Premier Soccer State Cup.
Four different clubs claimed championships and the eternal glory that comes with them — San Juan Soccer Club, CV Futbol Academy, Modesto Ajax United, and FC Bay Area Surf all proved victorious on the day.
Meanwhile, each finalist qualified for the first-ever edition of the California Cup, meaning that the above four clubs will join two MCS ECFC teams, as well as Marin FC and San Francisco Elite Academy in a competition where they’ll ply their trade against the best from Southern California on the weekend of March 26-27 next year. For more information about the California Cup, click here.
Congrats to all the champions! Here are the recaps for all four of the State Division championship games:
U9 Boys: CV Futbol Academy 4 – MCS ECFC 1
In a passionate matchup between two sides that couldn’t stop scoring goals in the early stages of the tournament, CV Futbol Academy scored early and often to win the U9 Boys State Cup final over MCS ECFC. While several members from the Central Valley side stood out, perhaps no star shone as brightly as Sebastian Margison Allen, who scored a hat trick to help win the game for his side.
U9 Girls: San Juan Soccer Club 2 – Marin FC 1
In a tight game between two of the perennial contenders in State Cup, it was a pair of defenders who made the difference as San Juan Soccer Club defeated Marin FC via a 2-1 scoreline to claim the U9 Girls State Cup title. Avery Bowers and Sydney Outslay, both backs by trade, each scored on runs forward and then held Marin FC to just a solitary goal to make the difference in this game.
U10 Boys: FC Bay Area Surf 2 – MCS ECFC 0
In a back-and-forth matchup that featured excellent goalkeeping, FC Bay Area Surf bookended an otherwise even game with goals to take home the U10 Boys State Cup title by defeating MCS ECFC 2-0. Both strikes came from the same source: center forward Jayden Wu, who hit the back of the net almost immediately after the kickoff, then chipped the insurance goal home shortly before time expired.
U10 Girls: Modesto Ajax United 5 – SF Elite Academy 3
In the highest-scoring State Division final of the day, Modesto Ajax United powered their way to the U10 Girls title via a 5-3 scoreline against SF Elite Academy. Jordan Thompson took little time opening up the scoring on a long free kick before finishing her hat trick for Ajax, while teammate Addison Leigh added a brace to help her side lift the trophy.