Last Updated on Friday, 29 March 2013 23:15
New Coach Anthony Grillo guided the Central Coast U16 boys team to victory in the Las Vegas Players College Showcase. They maintained focus and determination to go undefeated in the tournament. The team scored 10 goals while only allowing two throughout the weekend. Catch the team in action at the Eagles Spring Classic as they continue to prepare for National Cup in April.
The Eagles Central Coast Boys '96 team has had very good success in their first year together. We have managed to get to the finals of the Eagles Classic and Copa Del Mar Invitational. The boys also took 2nd Place in league this year in the Coast Soccer League and will be promoted to the Silver Division for next season. We were also able to make a good run through League Cup, which is an inter-divisional tournament for all teams in the Coast Soccer League and made it through to the round of 32. Through all of our accomplishments this inaugural season, we have been ranked 38th in the state out of a total of 263 teams.
Much of our success has been attributed to our work on the practice field. Trainings always have a high physical and technical demand as well as a tactical implication. These boys are constantly challenging each other to become better teammates and better soccer talents on and off the field of play.
We have gotten many compliments this season on the style of soccer that we play. We put a large emphasis on ball movement, possession and combination play. This team will be one to watch for years to come as they are beginning to mesh well together as a team and soccer family.
There are currently three players that are recognized in all Cal South ODP State Teams that live north of Santa Barbara. Lukas Holocher (San Luis Obispo, ‘96) and Francisco “Kiko” Ayala (Santa Maria, ‘97) represent two of the three, and they both play for the BU13 Eagles on the Central Coast.
Both Lukas and Kiko were invited to the ODP Tryouts down in Los Angeles over the last month, and both players were named to the top 18 in their respective age groups.
Both players showed their versatility during the course of the tryout process. Kiko, a former center defender and current forward/attacking midfielder, was placed at an outside midfielder position during his trial and proved to be one of the best in the state there as well. With his strong physical presence and speed, combined with technical flare, Kiko entered the trial as a nobody and came out a force to be reckoned with. “He has the ability to play, compete and excel against anyone in the nation,” says Eagles BU13 coach Mark Jones. “I hope this experience proves to him that I am not the only one that believes it.” Kiko will be attending the Nike Friendship Cup in Oregon at the end of the month. Lukas Holocher, son of Cal Poly Head Coach and former MLS player Paul Holocher, was also placed in a position which he was unfamiliar with during his trial. A current outside midfielder/attacking midfielder/forward, Lukas began his trial playing outside back. The coaches were truly impressed with his natural instinct to attack out of the back and push forward. It only took one weekend for Lukas to be given the honor of representing his state in this summer’s Region IV ODP Camp. “Lukas sets an example every single day. His work rate and competitiveness defines his most dominant characteristic: reliable. This is not the first time you will hear the name Lukas Holocher,” says coach Mark Jones.
These two players represent a very important link to the Central Coast. They have now been given the job to pave the path for future players from the area and from the Eagles Soccer Club. For this we are all truly thankful for their dedication on and off the field to the sport.