San Ramon, CA | November 2021
Over Thanksgiving weekend, San Ramon FC's 2005B NPL and 2005G NPL teams traveled south to San Diego to compete in the preeminent tournament on the West Coast, Surf College Cup. Billed as a college showcase event, the Surf Cup attracts top-level teams from far and wide. College coaches and scouts from around the country attend the event to evaluate players for their college programs.
The Surf College Cup was held November 26 - November 28, 2021 and is a Class I Tournament open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, USSSA, and FIFA affiliated teams. The Surf College Cup is a tournament that is a nationally recognized premier tournament, rated among the top in the United States.
San Ramon FC's U17 NPL teams (2005 birth years) , Boys NPL team coached by Alex Uribe, and Girls NPL team coached by Jon Lipsitz, applied for and were accepted into the tournament. Each played played three games over three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at the prestigious event.
The San Ramon FC 2005G NPL team competed at the Surf Sports Park complex at Del Mar, playing one game each day over the long weekend. They competed against teams from the clubs Santa Monica Surf, Orange County Surf North, Players North Patriots 05G.
The unique tournament format required a winner for each match, no ties allowed. As such, games that ended in a tie after regulation went to penalty kicks to determine a winner. To keep the tournament on schedule, teams would immediately move to a new location to complete the penalty kick shootout. U17G NPL tied one match 2-2 and lost 5-4 in the subsequent penalty kick shootout.
The San Ramon FC 2005B NPL team competed at the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, playing one game each day over the long weekend. They competed against teams from the clubs San Diego Surf, East Bay Oaks, and Walnut Creek Surf.
As mentioned earlier, ties are not permitted in the standings. The U17B ended up in a penalty kick shootout in each of their first two matches after notching a pair of 0-0 results in regulation. They won the first shootout on Friday but came up short in the shootout on Saturday.