The RSC BU16 played their first tournament of the summer with tremendous amount of determination all weekend. They squared off versus Pumas Premier FC White which turned into a very competitive match from the opening whistle going into the half 0-0. Coach Felix was impressed with how well his new additions played on the back line together, "they played as a cohesive unit and pressured the ball very well together." The second half continued with both teams creating a flurry of chances. With nearly 10 minutes left to play, RSC turned over the ball in their own half, which proved to be costly as Pumas Premier FC scored the decisive goal late in the game.
The team had little time to waste worrying about the result from their first match, and immediately took control of the game versus CV Matrix. The BU16 scored first and never looked back taking the second Match 5-2. “The team really rebounded and executed the game plane, connecting passes and building the play from the back line. I was pleased with the contributions of all 18 players,” said, Coach Felix.
Taking second place in the group, the BU16 played CV Pumas Premier in the Semi-final. The CV Pumas opened the game having the run of play, while Riptide stayed off there attacks and pressure, taking a 0-0 game to half. With a few adjustments made by Coach Felix at the break, the boys responded and were rewarded for their efforts with two goals by Patrick Abel. Riding the wave of momentum RSC was closing on their first appearance in the finals. Despite a late goal from CV Pumas, Riptide refused to buckle under the pressure. Anfernee Ramirez scored a brilliant free kick with minutes to go sealing the BU16 trip to the finals.
The final was nothing short of spectacular. The RSC BU16 earned a rematch with Pumas Premier FC White. Riptide started the match off slowly; they appeared to be physically, emotionally, and mentally drained from their semifinal match. With the Pumas team knocking on the door Coach Felix changed the some of the players and his formation figuring he would be able to slow his opponents down. Instead, the climate of the game changed dramatically in the favor of Pumas when a RSC midfielder receives a red card for a late tackle. Riptide was able to stay in the game and prevent them from scoring. The game continued on into the second half 0-0, and Coach was preparing for penalty’s when Riptide was able to create a promising attack. With 10 minutes Riptide drew a foul from 25 yards out; Anfernee Ramirez delivered a stunning free kick that proved to be the game winner.
Coach Felix shared his thoughts on the final, “We played Awesome! Thank you to all the boys that participated, work hard and trained hard over the last few months! Thank you parents for your support and attendance. Thank you to the PUMAS organization for a wonderful final!”