Several players from Quartz Hill AYSO got to participate in the AYSO Hawaii National Games from July 2-July 7 in Oahu, Hawaii.
But the Quartz Hill 10-and-under boys team had possibly the best time, finishing fourth out of 24 teams in the tournament.
“They really played hard,” said QH 10U coach Doug Mosman. “They did really well all year.”
The team went 4-1 in pool play to win their pool. They posted a 3-1 win over West Oahu, 6-0 wins over Hickam and Knoxville and a 3-1 win over Honolulu before falling to Pearl City 3-2 in the final pool play game.
Quartz Hill then went to the quarterfinals where they suffered a 3-2 loss to Diamond Head on penalty kicks. The PKs had to go to a sixth kick.
Quartz Hill then defeated North Hawaii 2-1 in consolation play and lost to Claremont 2-0 in the third-place game. Three of the final four teams were from California.
The boys earned medals for finishing fourth.
“They were stoked,” Mosman said.
Quartz Hill outscored their opponents 18-10 in eight games.
“A lot of the boys played really, really well,” Mosman said. “Our defense was very strong. We definitely played good offense and really good defense. That’s what we hung our hat on all year was our defense. We probably tripled our goals for to goals against, for sure.”
The players got to go to a luau at opening ceremonies and also split up to play in two jamboree games before pool play started. They also traded pins with a lot of the teams at the tournament.
The team members are: Daniel Adebobola, 9, Cole Gregory, 10, Isaac Huitink, 10, Owen Mosman, 9, Jayden Porter, 10, Tony Sanchez, 10, Lincoln Schreibfeder, 10, Mezulu Ugochukwu, 10, Conner Van Weelden, 10, and Alex Zamudio, 10.
The 10 players were chosen for the Select Tournament team in October. Since then, they had practice two days a week and two tournaments a month. Some of them also played on All-Star teams.
“Most of the boys on this team also played on All-Star teams,” Mosman said. “They get voted onto that team. So, 80% of my boys made All-Star teams. So, they’ve been playing a long time.”
Before heading off to Hawaii, Quartz Hill won the Quartz Hill Shootout, took second in the Lancaster tournament and third in the Bullhead Tournament near Laughlin, Nevada.
“It was a great experience, a long experience all the way from October getting ready,” Mosman said.
Mosman said he was thankful to his assistant coach Kerry Porter as well as team mom Betsy Sanchez and all of the supportive parents and sponsors.
“Thank you to all the sponsors that helped the kids out to offset costs,” Mosman said. “That’s always great.”
The players now go their separate ways for the new season, which starts in 45 days.
“These boys turn around and start Core in another 45 days,” Mosman said. “They start on another team in 45 days and hope to come back together as a tournament team after the season. So, they have a chance to come back together and do it again next year.”
The Quartz Hill 12U team also played in the tournament and included Mosman’s older son.
The 12U team went 4-1 in pool play, defeating Aiea 3-2, West Oahu 6-1, Diamond Head 1-0 and Foster City 1-0, while losing to Diamond Bar 6-0. They fell to West Oahu AIU 5-0 in the quarterfinals and dropped their consolation game 9-1 to West Oahu Camerrer.
Three Quartz Hill AYSO 19U girls players also got to compete in the tournament with Culver City, which finished 1-3-1 in pool play.