Wrapping Up Weekend 1 of the soccerloco Surf Cup
As the first weekend of the 2014 soccerloco Surf Cup tournament comes to a close, there is much to be talked about. From the wild weather changes to the highly disciplined action on the field, weekend 1 of the cup this year was full of action and surprises. This year marks the 34th anniversary of the tournament, showcasing some of the best of the best in youth soccer as well as creating networking opportunities with over 400 college coaches and scouts. Not only is this tournament exclusive, but it is an athletic accolade to be able to compete within this level of intensity.
soccerloco Highlights the Tournament Stars
This year we wanted to cover the event differently than ever before. Being the title sponsor of arguably one of the largest tournaments on the West coast, we made a valiant effort to keep the soccerloco social feeds with alive with real time updates on the event. Players, coaches, and college scouts flocked to the soccerloco media coverage tent for a chance to share their thoughts, excitement and words of wisdom during the tournament. We know about all of the hard work that goes into a making a successful season and building a cohesive team. That’s why we sat down with college scouts, caring club coaches, and enthusiastic athletes to talk soccer, strategy, and tournament details.
Our #soccerlocoSurfCup Photo of the Day campaigns were a hit as well, as many spirited athletes uploaded pictures on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with action shots from their matches, group shots with their team and even some landscape shots showing the aftermath of the bizarre thunderstorm to hit on Sunday morning. Two prizes were given away this past weekend, one of which was a Nike Ordem 2 soccer ball.
So Who Took the Finalist Champions Title?
All teams participating in the Cup this weekend have proven time and time again their impressive and well-qualified skill level to compete in a tournament such as the soccerloco Surf Cup. Below we’ve listed some of the teams with players to look out for on college soccer fields in the years to come, as they won their brackets in U17 and U18.
For the Men’s U18 Super, the Placer United 97B Red won 3-1 against the well skilled, Marin FC 97 Blue. Similarly, the Men’s U18 Gold bracket hosted a close call game as the Mustang FC Internazionale team won against the CV San Jose FC Gunners 96, with a final score of 4-3.
For the Women’s U18 Super, the MVLA Mercury 98G Black took the finalist champion title as they defeated their Real So Cal ECNL opponents, with an ending score of 2-1. Such a close game! The Women’s U18 Gold bracket finals champions were the Eastside FC 96 Red as they won against their East coast opponent, the Boston Breakers Academy S, with a final score of 3-0.
As for the Men’s U17 Super Bracket, the Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles rivaled and won against the South Bay Gunners SC Black, with an ending score of 3-1. What a great game to watch it was! The Sporting Blue Valley 97-9 took the Men’s U17 Gold bracket champion title against the Sereno 98 Boys White, with an ending score of 1-0.
For the Women’s U17 Super, the Real So Cal ECNL girls took it all when they challenged and won against their powerful opponent, Mustang SC ECNL, with an ending score of 2-0. The Women’s U17 Gold bracket finals champions were the Legends FC as they won against their tropically located opponent, the Surf SC Hawaii White 98G, with a final score of 4-0.
Don’t Miss Out After the Cup!
If you didn’t already know, a main purpose of the cup is to link stellar athletes to a scholastic and enriching future after high school. The soccerloco Surf Cup hosts many universities throughout the event for scouting and recruiting purposes. But we, at soccerloco, also have an opportunity of our own to give back to youth soccer in America. The registration for the soccerloco National Scholarship is now open and accepting applicants! soccerloco has partnered with the American Business Women’s Association to launch a national scholarship fund and is holding an essay contest to determine the most qualified candidate. The winner of the contest will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship through the ABWA Scholarship Fund.