Blues 02 – Baker Punch Their Ticket to Boise
(San Juan Capistrano, CA – February 8, 2016)
Blues 02 – Baker won 13 straight games en route to a US Youth Soccer California Regional League Championship (CRL) and a berth at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Boise, Idaho, June 20 – 26, 2016.
What began back in August of 2015 with a 10 – 0 victory against CUFC in San Diego, ended the last weekend in February with a 5 – 0 victory against CZ Elite in Temecula. Along the way, the Blues offense performed flawlessly, scoring an astounding 106 goals - good for an 8 goals a game average. The defense was also stellar, only surrendering four goals on the journey and posting ten shutouts.
Coached by Greg and Matt Baker, the Blues 02’s toughest test came against a strong and talented Surf team on the penultimate day of competition. A win or tie would see the Blues through, a loss would mean Surf could take the league. An 8 a.m. start saw the Blues jump out with a quick strike goal within five minutes. Both defenses would stiffen and the Blues took a 1-0 lead into the half. The other side of the break saw a Surf blast tie the score at 1, but the tie would not last long. The Blues girls took the ensuing kick-off to the house, side netting a scorcher and the Blues retook the lead. After numerous skirmishes, Surf netted a second, once again tying the score. The Blues responded. A byline pass, a flick-on and a smash finished off Surf and the scoring, 3 - 2 for the Blues.
Next up, the 02 Baker girls put their winning streak on the line at the National Cup tournament which begins in late February. Regardless of their National Cup finish, the Blues will make their way to Boise in late June, hoping to win a spot to the US Youth Soccer National Championships later this year.