The true measure of a team comes from their character on and off the field, how they deal with adversity, and their ability to come together as a unified group. The improvement and quality of play should always come first before win/loss records and this is something that Frank Lopez, coach of the Total Football Academy S.E. LA ’05 girls team, often stresses with his squad. However, not only has the level of play improved for the TFA girls, but the results have been seen in their success on the field.
The U-11 TFA girls team have played in 6 tournaments so far this year, finishing in 1st place in 5 of them. Tournaments won include the Southwest Soccer Club Elite Summer Classic in Temecula, the Nike Pyramid Cup in South Bay, YVYSO Spartan Cup in Yucaipa, CSL Cal Cup and Celtic Cup in San Bernardino. They were also finalists in the Cerritos Memorial Cup, the only tournament they didn’t win.
The U-11 TFA girls have also been recognized nationally for their success on the pitch. They are currently ranked 8th in Cal South and 133th nationally among club teams in their age group. Three athletes from the ’05 TFA S.E. LA team currently train at Champion’s QUEST on a weekly basis and have made significant improvements in their athleticism and technical ability. These athletes are Sherry Diep, Vivian Lopez, and Kristin Mijares.
Keep up all the hard work girls and I’m looking forward to many more championships!
About the Author:
Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, CSCS USA-W USSF
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