San Diego Surf Girls Under 10 Premier team tops in division at tournament

Back Row: Annabelle Pham, Charli Adams, Nica Zsiros, Makena Crimaldi, Coach Gabe Arrendondo, Karly Reeves, Sarah Footer, Abigail Dunbar, Amy Flather; Front Row: Annabelle Mitchell, Maggie Bischoff, Mia Grust.

The San Diego Surf Girls Under 10 Premier team won the Silver bracket at the 4th Annual Kick for Hope Soccer Tournament held in San Diego the weekend of July 7-8. Coach Gabe Arrendondo led the girls to a 2-0 victory in the championship game against Chula Vista YSL Pumas at Hickman Field in San Diego. Midfielder Charli Adams’ magic footwork led her to scoring both goals, with able assistance from Karly Reeves, Annabelle Mitchell and Amy Flather. The game was an improvement over the team’s first match with Chula Vista in round robin play, where one goal sufficed to defeat them.

The team was on fire against the Bonita Rebels in the last game on the 7th, beating them 5-1, with Annabelle Pham scoring two goals as well as performing dominating defensive play. Surf tied its last preliminary match against the SDSC Orange team, having already ensured the top score in the bracket. Outstanding performances were demonstrated by all the girls, with standout play by Makena Crimaldi, Abigail Dunbar, Nica Zsiros, Maggie Bischoff and Sarah Footer. Particularly spectacular all weekend was the keeper, Mia Grust. An excellent beginning for the team as it absorbs Coach Gabe’s emphasis on footwork and developing “magic.”