SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Central Coast United soccer club, which is comprised of many of the top female soccer players in the county won back-to-back tournaments to end their summer season, including the Surf Cup which is one of the largest soccer showcases in the country.
“This is a club team that is made up of a lot of the best players from all over the Central Coast,” head coach Scott Williams said. “We have players as far south as Santa Maria, as far west as Morro Bay and as far north as Paso Robles. So it is a group that is put together from a lot of different areas and it is a collection of players that have played in different clubs over the years and players that I believe are interested in going on and proving themselves at the next level.”
The Mustangs are a club team that competes in the girls 2000 age group, which makes the players juniors and seniors in high school. Many of the players play for different high schools around the county, and many of them earned all-league honors last year. Central Coast United has the reigning Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Goal Keeper of the Year from the PAC 8 on the team along with five other all-league performers.
The team is mostly comprised of South County players, but also has four players that are from the North County with two current Greyhounds and two Bearcats on the roster in Cairo Murphy, Mackenzie Wright both from Atascadero, and Atiana Stratman and Jordan Bullard both from Paso Robles. The rest of the team includes Corby Burress (St. Joe), Marianna Chaves (OA), Angie Crozier (SLO),
The team began working together in the middle of May and have been competing in tournaments all summer long. The team started slowly before finishing the season on fire with back-to-back tournament wins. The girls competed in the Legends College Showcase in early June in Norco in the Davis Legacy Showcase in mid-July, the Surf Cup in San Diego at the end of July and the SLO Summer Classic last weekend to end their summer season.
The Mustangs kicked off tournament season at the Legends showcase and finished with a 1-2 record, but did have a plus-five goal differential in the tournament. Next, the girls headed to the Davis Legacy Showcase where they won one game, lost one game and tied the other.
The girls saved their best for the biggest and brightest stage, the Surf Cup in San Diego. According to their website, the Surf Cup brings in more than 500 college coaches annually to watch players and scout young players that are soon-to-be college eligible. The Mustangs won four of their five games, including beating two of the biggest clubs in California in the semifinals and the final.
“What made it the coolest is that we ended up playing against two of the biggest clubs in California,” said Williams, who is also the assistant women’s soccer coach at Cal Poly. “We beat what is now the OC Surf in the semifinals, and that is their DPL [developmental player league] team. Then we beat the LA Galaxy DPL in the final. So those are two of the biggest clubs in California and so to be on the field with those groups and to knock them off was pretty amazing for a team from the Central Coast.”
After traveling hundreds of miles throughout the summer the Mustangs ended their season close to home in the SLO Summer Classic last weekend, and cruised to victory, winning all of their games and ending with a goal differential of plus 14, only allowing a single goal in the tournament.
“Mackenzie and Jordan are both defensive studs,” Williams said. “They aren’t going to score a bunch of goals, but they are defensive stalwarts in the back line.”
Many of the girls on the team have already committed to play college soccer while others are gaining a lot of interest. The team will look to pick up where they finished in September when they start their fall season.