Albion Central California, a Central Coast-based youth soccer club, won the Far West Presidents Cup on Sunday and qualified for the national-level tournament.
Albion, coached by Santa Maria High girls’ head coach Uli Alvarez, defeated AYSO United Arizona 1-0 in the championship game in Phoenix. The U19 team is made up of the best players from the central coast.
Nipomo’s Annette Vargas scored the only goal in Sunday’s league match win.
Albion picked up a major victory over RSL Arizona in the semifinals on Saturday, winning 2-1. Albion lost to Utah Valley United on Friday 2-1, but had already earned their place in the semifinals after a 2-2 draw with Idaho Surf Magic Valley and a 10-1 win over AYSO United Arizona in their opener on June 15.
The team went 3-1-1 in the tournament, beating their opponents 16-6.
Albion has now qualified for the 2022 National Presidents Cup. The tournament will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It takes place from July 7 to 10.
The team has players from across the Central Coast, including Annette Vargas and Alexis Acosta from Nipomo, Natalie Lima from St. Joseph, Emily Orozco from Righetti, Emily Graciliano (Nipomo/Hancock) and, from Santa Maria High, Alyssa Valenzuela, Lizbeth Velazquez, Yvette Abundiz, Citlali Reyes, Anahy Guerrero and Jacqueline Guerrero.
The Kern County team players are Sydney Carreri (Bakersfield Christian), Alyssa Sanchez (Bakersfield), Alison Barrera (Highland), Tara Miller (Garces), Heaven Ratliff (North Bakersfield) and Jennifer Vera (Taft College).
Junior Golf Camps in Rancho Maria
“Big” John McComish is hosting Junior Golf Camps this summer for boys and girls ages 6-16.
Camps are scheduled for July 11-14, July 18-21, and August 1-4.
The cost is $60 per camper and sessions run from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rancho Maria is located at 1950 Casmalia Road in Santa Maria. Contact McComish at (503) 409-9829 or by email at [email protected]
Righetti’s golf coach, Brian Tomooka, will also help with some of the camps. Clinics will work on swing, chipping, putting, rules and etiquette.