I asked Coach Martin (Marty) Rodriguez a couple of questions about the team and the path to victory.
WR What's the name of the team?
MR The team is called United Academy. We are made up of girls from Wildomar and Lake Elsinore combined.
WR Tell us how this year started.
MR Our fantastic voyage started in September during our rec season, where the team went undefeated. That allowed me to fortunately become the head coach for All Stars. Then we had a tryout from all the teams, and picked the 14 girls to represent the United All Star U12 Girls Team.
WR How did the girls gel once the were picked for the United All Star U12 Girls Team?
MR The girls came together quickly, like they have been playing together for years. We went to the President's Tournament in Eastvale, Ca and played other teams from our district. The girls played awesome and had two shut out games and a tough loss due to a rain out, but they qualified with enough points to make it to The TOC Tourney in Palm Desert.
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WR Tell me a little about the tournament.
MR In this tournament, they send the top 8 teams from the President Cup to play each other. Again, the team played unbelievable. They won the first game 3-0, second 2-0, and the third Tied 1-1, which meant by point system we made the Championship Game.
During that game the girls, played their hearts out. We were able to score in the first half and then shut them out the rest of the game to win 1-0.
WR Who are the key players on the team?
MR I can't say 'I had just a few girls stand out', because they all played great and stepped up when needed. Between both tournaments we only allowed 4 goals and had 5 shut out games out of 7 games.
WR Say a few words about the team and what it was like to be their coach.
MR These girls worked hard at practice and games and had unbelievable support from packed sidelines from family, friends, and other teammates from the league cheering for them. It has to go down as one of my greatest moments ever in my coaching career. I couldn't be any prouder of these girls.
Way to go team and coaches
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The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.
― Howard Cosell
― Howard Cosell