Pictured: WCS U18G Wild (top), U18G Katz (bottom left), U16G Wildfire (bottom right)
West Coast Soccer ended 2015 on a high note. Three competitive West Coast teams traveled down to San Diego as a club over thanksgiving weekend to compete in the top soccer College Showcases in the country. The oldest recruit able age team West Coast U18 Wild played at the World Famous Surf Cup where they went toe to toe with the very best. This is the Wilds fourth trip in a row to Surf, with a solid team performance Wild finished second in their Seaside bracket earning 17 points. “Most of our WCS players on this team are college committed already so this is a time for us to expose some of our younger players in the club to Surf” says Coach Troy Dayak, “The Surf soccer experience is the top honor for a youth soccer player that you can have, to play in Surf Cup is to play against the best, 164 Olympians and 135 World Cup competitors walked through the gates at Surf to compete some of our countries greatest male and female athletes such as Mia Hamm, Landon Donovan, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and many more walked through the gates at Surf and competed in this tournament,” – states Captain Megan Amick. Just up the road West Coast had two teams competing in the November Nights tournament where many college coaches come to see teams and players play in evening games under the lights. West Coast U17/18 Katz showed well finishing third in their group play and had multiple college coaches recruiting them at each game. “The amount of college coaches at our games was incredible, there were so many coaches there watching us it was nerve racking but our coach helped us calm down and play great soccer. I had three offers from different college programs during the weekend, I’m so excited!” said Sydney Toranno form West Coast Katz. Perhaps the most incredible thing that took place over the weekend happened to West Coast youngest team the U16 Wildfire. After a special call from West Coast DOC Troy Dayak to his friend at UNC- University of North Carolina the head recruiter from the 21 time NCAA National Champion program, showed up to only West Coast Soccer games that weekend to see what coach Troy was talking about. “I made a call to my friend Chris (UNC Head Recruiter) and asked him to come see my young team and players and that one could potentially be a good fit to play at UNC the most successful college soccer program this country has ever seen.” Not only has UNC dominated the NCAA College Cup with 32 NCAA Appearances & 21 National Championships but also developed some of our National teams greatest stars. “UNC has already called me first thing on Monday morning to talk about a player and made it clear that she is the type of player they are looking for” says Troy Dayak DOC of West Coast Soccer “we are already in talks with getting her in on the youth national team pool as well” The last player to come out of Northern California to play for and win a NCAA Title with UNC was Courtney Jones the daughter of the 49er great Brent Jones. West Coast Soccer has multiple avenues for their member athletes to climb to the top of the sport, an affiliation with the San Jose Earthquakes has a direct link to the local professional franchise on the boys side and their own WPSL franchise (the Wildkatz) on the Women’s side, West Coast Soccer looks to be doing the right things in showcasing and developing their soccer players.