The coastal bend has proven that we do have talent. At this past weekends STSYA Fall State Championships, two teams from the coastal bend came away with state titles. The VYSO U19 Girls won the Super II state title while the Santa Fe U14 girls won the D2 state title. Now I realize that some people may think that a Super II or D2 title is not that big a deal (it isn’t D1 or ECNL). However, for an area like ours that gets little to no respect from other parts of the state, it shows that we do have the talent to compete. It also reinforces my argument that we need to join forces and combine our efforts. The coastal bend sent 17 teams to the Western district playoffs and 3 teams advanced to state playoffs. Of those three, 2 came away as state champs. I still believe that we can have a better advancement rate, if we come together and bring all of our best talent together. For now, that still appears to be a pipe dream. Hopefully, the accomplishments of our local teams will not only show those around the state that we have talent, but will send a message to the Coastal Bend as a whole, that if we came together, we could do even better.
The Coastal Bend sent 17 teams to WD playoffs this past weekend. Two of those teams came away with championships. The VYSO Heat 95 won the girls’ U18 Super II Championship and the Santa Fe Revolution won the girls’ U14 Championship. Both teams will be traveling to state playoffs this weekend. Good Luck to both of you. Here is a breakdown of the teams that went to playoffs (based on my reviewing the playoffs page, I apologize if I missed anyone) Padre – 8 teams; VYSO – 4 teams; Santa Fe – 2 teams; Tri City – 2 teams; and Gregory Portland – 1 team.
For everything that I would like to change about Coastal Bend soccer, the one thing that I would NEVER touch is the yearly Thanksgiving tourney.. This year is the 32nd annual CBYSA Thanksgiving Tourney. For 32 years players have converged on the Coastal Bend to play soccer. I played in the first annual Thanksgiving tournament all those years ago and then was a referee in later years. I am thankful that the tradition continues every year and teams from across South Texas have this option.. The number of teams may have dropped as competition from other tourneys has arisen but throughout the years, the powers that be (whom I usually question) have ensured that this tradition of Coastal Bend soccer carries on. For that I say thank you. I also appreciate fact that the tourney is “unrestricted” and open to anyone who wants to bring a properly registered team. I invite anyone looking for a tournament to take a serious look at coming to Corpus this Thanksgiving.
I have been very outspoken with my displeasure with the state of soccer in the Corpus Christi area. I have gone so far as to post an open proposal to my peers in Corpus with a plan that I feel can start us moving in the right direction. However, I feel that to really bring Corpus soccer to the level it should be is a three step process. Here they are.
First, the clubs in the Coastal Bend need to merge into one club. We do not have the population or player pool for our area to try to field teams from seven different clubs. One unified club would allow us to put together teams of the best players from our area and compete on the level that we are capable of. Also, one unified club would allow us to hire a professional DOC who would assume responsibility for the tryout process, player development, and tournament selection. A unified club would also give us enhanced purchasing power and a better chance at getting our city to help out.