Pateadores LA (CA-S) qualified for the Under-13 Boys finals of the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard after a second straight dominating performance.
"Every game is different, and we have been trying to get goals anyway we can," said Pateadores head coach, Juan Guerrero. "This is a good group of kids, and it is great for their confidence to get these goals."
Holcomb started things off in the fourth minute when he received a pass from Jason Pacas on the left flank. Holcomb took a touch before smoothly slipping it past the keeper and into the back of the net. Pacas would be instrumental in Holcomb’s second goal after his strike bounced off the post right to a waiting Holcomb, who calmly nabbed his second goal from point blank range.
Pacas would add two of his own goals to put him at four in the tournament, and Brian Perez also scored two goals, after scoring one on Tuesday. Pateadores now has the top three scorers in the Under-13 Boys age group.
"Our play was decided by theirs. They are a very technical and physically mature team," FSA head coach, Steve Stokoe said. "They are an exceptional team, and we don’t usually give up very many goals. I think we gave up a lot of poor goals from our perspective, but again that was a testament to how they played."
However, FSA had no intentions of going down without a fight. Down 5-0 in the opening minutes, Zachary Lopes netted two goals in less than four minutes to give some life to a previously disheartened FSA team. Lopes first got FSA on the board in the 38th minute when he took advantage of Pateadores keeper charging by curving his shot over the keeper and into the net. Lopes would then head in a cross from Anthony Melody to make it 5-2.
Melody was the hero for FSA on Tuesday when they rallied from a 2-0 deficit against United FA 00 Elite (GA). Melody scored two goals in the second half, including one in the 68th minute to secure a tie. However, a comeback was not in the cards today as Pateadores responded with three goals in seven minutes to end any hope of a comeback.
"We still have plenty of things to work on, and we always want to be improving," Guerrero said. "But I am very proud of the way we played. "
With Pateadores qualifying for the finals, the second spot is still up for grabs. Pateadores will take on United FA, and FSA will face off against Raiders tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, July 25th. FSA will play on field 11, and Pateadores will play on field 12.