Ethos U11 Boys Blue learns a new style
By Jen Ostrode
The Ethos U11 Boys Blue team has had a tremendous season thus far and has recently played up an age group in two local U12 tournaments. After being accepted into this Thanksgiving’s San Diego Surf Cup, a tournament well-known for being one of the premier tournaments in the nation, the Ethos boys have been in full preparation mode.
Southern California soccer clubs play 11 a-side at the U11 age group and the boys have had to learn a new style of play … one that Coach Danny Cruz has been waiting to help them develop.
Sept. 28 and 29, the boys participated in the Roseville Fall Classic, a tournament where they tested the skills they had been working on. With the addition of three guest players from the Ethos U12 team, and after losing their first game 1-2 to Yuba Sutter Azzurri, the boys rose to the challenge and came out with a 2-0 win over Roseville Youth Revolution. That Sunday morning would prove to be the toughest of the three games and the boys came out on fire — taking shots, passing the ball around and utilizing the space of the entire field. They ended the game 2-2 which put them into the finals. Although they lost 3-1 to the only team that had beaten them in the tournament, Yuba Sutter Azzurri, the boys had a lot to be proud of, most notably a second-place finish. Cruz received a call from their coach complimenting the attitude and style of play that the boys demonstrated.
On Oct. 26 and 27 the boys played up again in the Davis Legacy Lily Nisen Memorial Tournament and wore pink shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They were placed in the U12 Premier Bracket and the Ethos boys were prepared for a tough fight. Overall the U12 teams were bigger, faster and more physical, but the heart that Ethos showed is what really made the difference. With the help of some players from the Ethos U12 team, they lost their first game 3-0 to River City United FC Elite, a very good team that showed poise and strength on and off the ball. But Ethos would not be outdone. The team came back to win the next game 2-0 against Central Marin Arsenal, putting the players in a very good position to get a fourth game in the tournament. They came out Sunday in what would be the most amazing performance they have had all season and tied a premier team, Inter Rage Academy Legends, a team that had outscored its opponents 7-1 and 4-1 in previous games.
Making it to the Consolation Game, Ethos U11 ended in a 0-0 tie and came out of the tournament in third place.
The Ethos U11 Boys Blue team have a lot to look forward to as they finish out the remainder of the season. With two U12 Tournaments and two podium finishes, the players are now preparing for Surf Cup. When asked what they most look forward to besides playing high level soccer they answered, “Thanksgiving on the beach, of course!!”