Over two successive weekends in January, All Stars soccer players from across East County competed in a series of matches to determine which teams would win the area championship and travel to sectional playoffs in Garden Grove, CA.
All-Stars players, ranging in age from 8 to 13, are selected based on skill and ability in November. The teams often play in several local tournaments to give additional play experience with the goal of winning the annual AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) Area 11v All Stars Tournament in January.
After several challenging and competitive games, the La Mesa AYSO Boys Under 12 and Boys Under 14 teams, coached respectively by Steve Sneed and Steve Cashman, emerged as the first place victors in each of their divisions. One of the Girls Under 10 teams, coached by Rob Coppo, came very close and won a 2nd place medal for their division. The games for the boys and girls under 12 divisions were played at the La Mesa Middle School fields.
Next stop will be the Section 11 All-Star Tournament, held in Garden Grove on February 16 and 17.
Information about Spring Season offerings from La Mesa AYSO can be found here: