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Youth soccer team goes undefeated and breaks 44-year record

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Posted: March 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Front row: Player Noah Montebon (in white shirt). Players Mathis Waddell (left), Jayden Barnholtz, Zachary Goss, Christian Aguilar, Cameron Castaneda, Ben Valdez, Trevor Mcmillon, Nick Fowlkes, Michael Lodl, Nico Marquez, and Ben Rice. Back row: Coaches Adam Waddell (left), Joe Goss, Steve Margulies.

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It has been over 44 years since AYSO Valencia’s Region 678 has won a State Championship.

But, on March 15, the talented young boys above who make up the U11 Boys Extra soccer team brought home the title of State Champions.

Valencia United won the State Championship Cup after being together as the Extra Team only since August of 2013.

Winning the State Cup Championship meant everything to these boys and their coaches. It broke a 44-year long absence of a win and validates their hard work and determination.

In addition, the win sets precedence for young soccer players into the future.

With a total of 10 league matches, five regional playoffs and two state final games, the team tracked 17 wins and zero losses, and scored 105 goals with only 20 against them.

Additionally, the team participated in the Camarillo Extra Cup and won their first tournament together going 4-0 including a win against last year’s state champions.

In the 12-month time period between March 2013 to March 2014 their overall record was 53 wins, 3 losses, and 3 ties in age U10 and U11 play with player Noah Montebon. They tallied 317 goals scored with 50 against.

Under the rigorous direction of Head Coach Adam Waddell, Asst. Coach Joe Goss, and Steve Margulies, these 10 and 11-year old boys were selected to be members of the Valencia “Extra” Team.

They went through very competitive tryouts and were evaluated by a panel of judges based on their outstanding athletic skill in the game of soccer. They continuously demonstrate positive attitudes, good sportsmanship, and the desire to develop skills in the sport.

Together the boys attend soccer practice twice a week for two hours with an emphasis of developing skills, technique and teamwork.

The boys of Valencia United are a team of disciplined, athletic young boys with hearts of gold. Not only do they give it their all out on the field, but they go the “extra” mile off the fields as well.

They’ve organized a food-collection to feed the homeless at the local Food Pantry, and most recently collected items from friends and neighbors for the Goodwill Donation Center.

Valencia United Extra Team certainly proved to be an extra-ordinary group of boys.

We are all so very proud of each and every one of these boys: Mathis Waddell, Jayden Barnholtz, Zachary Goss, Christian Aguilar, Cameron Castaneda, Ben Valdez, Trevor Mcmillon, Nick Fowlkes, Michael Lodl, Nico Marquez, and Ben Rice and their coaches Adam Waddell, Joe Goss and Steve Margulies.

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