The U-13 Sharks 00 Blue, a wildcard team called to compete at the last minute as a finalist in the Northern California Region IV Presidents cup, fought valiantly through six games -- winning two in round-robin play against Oregon and Alaska, then beating Colorado in the Quarterfinals and Idaho in the Semifinals to reach the Finals Sunday morning against the HG Eagles from Cal-South.
The Sharks scored first on a penalty kick by Jonathan Sherwood-Flett in the 19th minute. Cal-South answered in the 60th minute, sending the game into two overtime periods. A goal by Cal-South in the 80th minute gave them the win. Cal South moves on to the National President’s Cup in South Dakota.
The Sharks, a Santa Cruz City YSC team, were coached by German Plaza and Thanasis Kottas. The Sharks’ Travis Hatcher was a top goal scorer in the tournament with a total of 5 goals.