It may not have been a storybook ending for three Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club (AFSC) teams at last weekend’s state tournament, but that doesn’t mean the future for local teams is anything less than bright.
And, as the president of AFSC said, it is becoming a strong feeder system for the Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe high school teams as well.
The three teams — made up of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls — each lost their individual semifinal game on Saturday, and their subsequent third place match on Sunday. The three teams each finished fourth place in the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) 2012 State Championships.
“They played their hearts out on Saturday,” said Alec Gefrides, president of AFSC. “They left it all on the field. And to come back on Sunday and not win, that was tough too, but I think the day before took a lot out of them.”
The Ahwatukee under-12 team lost to a San Tan Legacy club team, 1-0, in the semifinal round and then to a Desert Elite Soccer team, 2-0, in the third place game.
The under-13 team lost to a Sereno team, 1-0, on Saturday and lost to a SC del Sol soccer club team for third place on Sunday.
The oldest team to make it to the semifinals, the under-14 team, lost, 2-0, to a Banat Soccer Club team in the semifinals and lost, 1-0, to a Scottsdale Soccer club team in the third place game.
“They pretty much lost every game by one goal in the semis and the third place games,” Gefrides said.
Two other teams from AFSC made it to the quarterfinals of the state tournament, but could not advance.
The club has teams that start forming for those under-7 on both the boys and girls side. There are three coaches from Brazil and one from Trinidad and Tobago. Others included the varsity coaches from Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe’s varsity girls teams.
Desert Vista’s Marvin Hypolite coaches the under-11 girls team and Mountain Pointe’s Mark Wilson coaches the under-12 girls team. Patrick Andrew, head coach of Horizon Honors High School girls varsity, coaches the under-12 boys team for AFSC.
“The program is as good as it is because of our coaches,” Gefrides said. “The next generation of high school players is coming up and getting exposed to Ahwatukee Foothills high school coaches.”
The AFSC offers both competitive and recreational leagues for new or experienced players. Tryouts and more information can be found on their website, www. afscsoccer.org.
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