Surf Cup recap - Winners + Standouts

by J.R. Eskilson
July 30, 2021
Surf Cup recap - Winners + Standouts

The 2021 Surf Cup wrapped up on Monday with the championship games from Southern California. Crossfire Premier ECNL put in a dominant performance in the U19 Boys Best of the Best bracket for the week. Crossfire went through the competition without conceding a goal, and scoring 20 goals. Crossfire claimed the title in that age group with a 1-0 win over Atletico Santa Rosa Manchester United. 

Among the other noteworthy stories from the tournament, Access U YSF won the Boys U17 Black championship. Access U YSF is a combination of two programs that were brought together to help a group of players get exposure at Surf Cup. ACCESS U Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to inform underserved Hispanic & Black players and their families about collegiate athletic scholarship opportunities and the college recruiting process to help them achieve their educational goals. Since its launch, ACCESS U Foundation has supported more than 60 players in their college recruitment and mentorship process. Yours in Soccer Foundation’s (YSF) mission is to empower exceptional scholar athletes from underserved communities by leveraging the potential of sports to realize their college dreams. The team went through the event with five wins, 16 goals scored, and 0 goals conceded. 

Check out the standouts and highlights from the other age groups at the Surf Cup older weekend. 

Boys U17 

RSL-AZ ECNL defeated De Anza Force MLS Next 1-0 in the Best of the Best Championship. RSL-AZ went through the competition without conceding a goal, which included four wins over fellow ECNL sides before topping the MLS Next club from Northern California in the championship game. 

Washington Premier ECNL won the title in the Super Black bracket. Steel United won the hardware in the Super White bracket. 

Boys U16

De Anza Force topped Strikers FC in the U16 Best of the Best championship. De Anza only conceded one goal during the tournament. John Nicolson was in goal for De Anza. Eli Wachs led the team in scoring with five goals. Legends FC beat Riverside City FC in the Super Black bracket. Silicon Valley Soccer Academy MLS Next won the Super White bracket in this age group. San Jose Surf won the Black bracket.

Boys U15 

San Diego Surf ECNL won the Best of the Best bracket in the U15/2007 age group. Surf rolled to the title with a 5-1 win over De Anza Force. Boca OC won the Super Black bracket with a 1-0 victory over Crossfire Premier ECNL 2 in the championship. Rebels SC Elite won the Super White bracket with a 1-0 victory over Hawaii Rush. WSC Crush defeated San Jose Surf NPL in the Black bracket championship. 

Girls U19

Legends FC ECNL defeated Slammers FC 1-0 in the Best of the Best championship game. Marin FC won the Super Black bracket with a 1-0 victory over Heat FC in the championship. Grace Thao had a strong showing for West Coast FC as she had three goals and two assists in three games. Hawaii Rush won the Super White bracket in a PK shootout over Clovis Crossfire. 

Girls U17 

LAFC Slammers Koge continued their dominance in this age group with a championship in the Best of the Best bracket. Slammers beat Beach FC 5-2 in the championship game. Real So Cal beat Hawaii Rush 4-1 in the championship game of the Super Black bracket. Jamie Campbell was a standout in goal for Real So Cal with four shutouts from the five games. Rebels SC topped DMCV Sharks in the championship game in the Super White bracket. 

Girls U16 

San Diego Surf cruised to the title in the U16/2006 age group. Surf beat Slammers FC Koge 3-0 in the championship of the Best of the Best bracket. LA Breakers were the top team in the Super Black bracket. Breakers topped Hawaii Rush in a PK shootout in the semifinal and then defeated Rebels in the final. 

Girls U15 

San Diego Surf also won the Best of the Best bracket in the U15/2007 age groups. Surf defeated Crossfire Premier 4-1 in the title game. ISC Gunners won the Super Black bracket championship in the U15 age group over Seattle United.