U9/U10 State Cup Semifinals/Finals This Weekend in Manteca
In a weekend packed full of events all across the state, perhaps none are as exciting as the conclusion of the U9/U10 NorCal Premier Soccer State Cup, set to take place Saturday and Sunday at Woodward Park in Manteca.
Overall, 232 teams are competing for their respective division titles, with a win or go home semifinal matchup Saturday. On Sunday, NorCal will recognize 60+ different champions, with the top teams in each age group earning the right to call themselves State Cup champions.
While most of the attention will be directed towards Manteca, four other sites around Northern California will play host to the younger State Cup’s U11-U13 gold, silver, and bronze divisions.
Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon will play host to the U11 State Cup round of 16 and quarterfinals Saturday before hosting the same stages of the competition for the U12 age group Sunday.
The U13 State Cup will be split among the remaining three venues — River Islands Park in Lathrop, Granite Park in Sacramento, and Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward will feature round of 16 and quarterfinal games.
A select few U12 games will also be played in Lathrop.
The winners from the U11-U13 gold, silver, and bronze divisions this weekend will move onto the semifinals and finals December 11 and 12 at Mary Grogan Park in Modesto.
U9 Boys: Monterey County Soccer ECFC – CV Futbol Academy
11/14: 10:10 a.m. @ Woodward Park Field 1
Few teams have scored more goals in the State Cup than Monterey County Soccer ECFC. After scoring 12 in the group stages, MCS put 14 past their opponents in two knockout round games to advance to the final. In the championship, they’ll meet one of those few teams who have scored more — CV Futbol Academy also scored 12 goals in the group stages, but hit the back of the net 15 times in the knockout rounds en route to the title game.
U9 Girls: Marin FC – San Juan SC
11/14: 10:10 a.m. @ Woodward Park Field 3
Despite losing their first group stage game 5-2, Marin FC rebounded to finish second in Group B before dominating the knockout stages of the competition. In the elimination rounds, Marin have yet to allow a goal while putting five in the back of the net themselves. In the final they’ll meet San Juan SC, who have won a perfect five games out of five thus far in the competition. The Sacramento-area club have been impressive so far, scoring 15 goals while allowing just four in State Cup play.
U10 Boys: Monterey County Soccer ECFC – FC Bay Area Surf
11/14: 11:50 a.m. @ Woodward Park Field 1
After topping Group A with seven points, Monterey County Soccer ECFC started banging in the goals in the knockout rounds, scoring a total of eight in the quarterfinals and semifinals. MCS reached the final after defeating FC Bay Area Surf on kicks from the mark. In the championship, they’ll meet another FC Bay Area Surf side, one that finished second in Group E before winning each of their knockout round games by a solitary goal.
U10 Girls: San Francisco Elite – Modesto Ajax United
11/14: 11:50 a.m. @ Woodward Park Field 3
After storming through Group B with a perfect nine points, Modesto Ajax United found success easy in the knockout rounds of the tournament, winning their two knockout round games by identical scores of 4-0. Also coming out of Group B was San Francisco Elite, who fell 6-1 to Ajax in the first group stage game but rebounded to finish with six points and then defeat both of their elimination game opponents by a solitary goal.
To submit your entries for our State Cup Goal of the Weekend contest, upload a video of a goal scored this weekend and use the hashtag #StateCupGotW. The finalists will be announced 11/15 and put to a vote on social media during the week.
U9/U10 schedules can be found here.
U11-U13 gold, silver, and bronze schedules can be found here.