The Road to State Cup
Norco, a quick 67 miles north east of Oceanside; the home of the Silverlakes Sports Complex, and the host field for the first round of Cal South’s State Cup tournament for the 2006 age bracket. The B06 Black team have been training hard, on what is to be their last State Cup run together under the only coach, some of these boys, have ever known, Coach Bert. As eventful as State Cup is to everyone who plays in Cal-South’s State Cup tournaments, these boys have had the beginnings of what can only been seen in fairy tales. On this windy Saturday, they had no idea they would meet their #1 fan JR, and soon proved to be the team’s good luck charm!
After some great match ups against some of Cal Souths best in Saturday games, they just happened to have met JR during a dinner after their game. JR instantly became drawn to the boys in their soccer uniforms. After approaching the boys, they all quickly became friends with the young JR, who was born with a health condition which eventually lead to him having a bone marrow transplant. That surgery gave him a relatively healthy life. Unfortunately that all changed 2 years ago. One day during recess at school, JR was involved in an accident, he had hit his head so hard it caused him to stop breathing. Fortunately, a teacher stayed calm and was able to resuscitate him by performing CPR. Since the accident, he has had numerous surgeries, 2 of which were fusions on his neck. JR instantly loved the boys, as he loves soccer and hopes to one day play soccer again. The boys loved hanging out with him and invited him and his family to watch their final game of the weekend. The next day, JR and his family took them up on their offer, and showed up to cheer on their new friends, the Oceanside Breakers. Coach Bert met JR with an honorary jersey and allowed him to join the boys on the bench.
Coach Bert recalls a moment in the game that he will never forget, “JR is a special young man. He came into our lives in a moment we needed something special. With so much joy & fearlessness. Here I was worried about a game & all he wanted to know was where Isaac was, I told him that he was playing. JR said “tell him to come here I need to tell him something”. So I asked him what he needed to tell him? He said “to tell him that his sister was pretty”. After that moment a soccer game didn’t mean so much. That calmed me down so much.” Little did JR know how special he was to these boys.
The makings of something special…
This will be the boys last state cup with their coach who they have had for the last 5 years, and it’s as storybook as it can get! While the opening round of state cup may have only 2 weeks ago, the boys are playing with some unstoppable tenacity right now! They have now found themselves in the quarterfinals of Cal-South’s 2017 State Cup!! Coach Bert has this to say about his B06 Black team, “For my boys, I am so proud of them for what they are accomplishing. For the ones that have stuck with me from the beginning when we were losing a lot of games to teach them to play the right way; to the new additions to the team, thank you to you guys & the parents for trusting me. These young boys will become great men because they learned how to struggle & work hard for what they want. That no matter what struggles they go through in life; with hard work they can come out on top. Even though it’s my last year with them, please know that coach Bert loves you & will always be keeping an eye on you!”
The boys will play Saturday morning in Norco again, keep an eye on our social media sites to follow along on their incredible state cup run!
Good Luck boys and Coaches, we are cheering you all on!!