The U16 Folsom Lake Earthquakes recently won the San Diego Surf Cup. Courtesy photo

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Earthquakes win prestigious West Coast tourney

By From page A3 | August 30, 2017

The internationally recognized San Diego Surf Cup has been the summer showcase for youth soccer’s best of the best for more than 30 years. The tournament draws the attention of thousands of spectators and attracts more than 450 college coaches and scouts. 

This year spectators and coaches watched as the U16 Folsom Lake Earthquakes won it in the highest bracket.

“They are just an incredibly talented, supportive and hard working group of athletes,” said coach Danny Cruz. “When they aren’t playing soccer, they are giving back to their community. They are great kids and deserve all of their success.”

And what a string of successed the Earthquakes have had. The team has won almost every elite tournament in California, including Juventus TDP, Western Regionals, Davis Legacy Showcase, Mustang Stampede, North Huntington Beach Cup, NorCal premier fall league and the CRL showcase — all in the athletes’ first year and a half of playing together.

But success doesn’t come without hard work and sacrifice. Many players travel an hour each way just to attend practice three nights a week. In addition, the cost of play has increased dramatically since the team now must travel to other states for games and tournaments. But Coach Cruz said he knows from his experience that if these boys want to continue their soccer careers in college they have to be at these showcase tournaments to be visible to scouts.

The team is pursuing many different ways to fundraise, including a gofundme.com page entitled “02 Earthquakes Soccer Travel” for anyone wanting to support them.

The Folsom Lake Earthquakes will travel next to a national tournament in North Carolina.

Special to Village Life

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