Breast Cancer Awareness Days
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Ramona Soccer League did their part by encouraging players to wear pink for the first two weekends of October. Players wore pink headbands, face paint, ribbons and even colored their hair pink! Some of the Intra teams stepped it up by purchasing a full set of pink uniforms to really show their support.
Can you believe we're about to start our 35th season of fall soccer? We kick it all off with a big party called Opening Ceremonies on Friday, August 22 at 6:00 PM at the soccer fields. Not only will the teams show off their uniforms for the first time, but there will be plenty of activities and food to keep the whole family entertained!
Food will be available to buy as all our Intra players will be manning their own booths to raise money for their respective teams. The league will also be selling nachos, popcorn, carne asada and more. We'll even have the Kona Ice truck on hand to beat the heat!
For our silent auction, each team has put together a basket of goodies on which you can bid, so there will be many deals to be had, including a $1,000 family picture package!
So grab the whole family and your appetite and we'll see you at Opening Ceremonies this Friday!
Registration for the fall season is CLOSED for all divisions. Here is the schedule for the rest of the fall season...
- Opening ceremonies: August 22
- First game: 8/23/14 (8/24/14 for adults)
- Picture day: 9/6/14 (just prior to your game)
- Last game: 11/8/14 (11/2/14 for adults)
- 12 Games (10 for adults), no games Labor Day weekend
Intra BU14 Tournament of Champions Winners
Marco Sanchez is only in his first year of coaching Intra's Boys U14 team, but so far he's doing an amazing job. This past weekend Sanchez rallied the boys for a trip to La Jolla for the Tournament of Champions. Not only did they end up making their first tournament final, but they won that game and took home the championship trophy!
The team started strong Saturday morning with a 1-0 victory over the Breakers with Dustin Baker scoring the game’s only goal. However, Dustin wasn’t finished scoring for the day. He added another goal in their second game versus Temecula United. Jimmy Cheney and PJ Scholl also added goals to give Ramona a 3-1 win. Sunday morning pitted the team against LA Galaxy South Bay. LA Galaxy got a break with a penalty kick that resulted in a goal and it carried them to a 2-1 win over Ramona. Emerson Fuentes put Ramona’s only goal into the net.
Despite the loss, Ramona still qualified for the finals to be played Sunday evening. The good news is that Ramona would once again be meeting up with LA Galaxy South Bay giving them a chance to avenge their loss earlier in the day. After a long weekend, it was evident that the boys were worn out, but they were able to do just enough to get the win and go home with the championship as Aaron Castro put in the one and only goal of the game to give Ramona a 1-0 victory. The smiles on the boys faces were something to behold as they clutched their medals and trophy and posed for pictures. It’s going to be a great season for the Ramona Intra U14 boys!
Dave Shelton Memorial Tourament
All seven Ramona Intra teams participated in the Dave Shelton Memorial Tournament July 19th and 20th. Dave Shelton was held at Frances Ryan Park in Escondido. This was the first tournament of the season for many of the teams and for a few it was their first tournament as a new team. The teams played a variety of club teams from across San Diego and Orange County.
This is the first time that we can remember that all active Intra teams played in the same tournament at the same location. It was really nice to see the Intra name at so many different fields during the tournament said VP of Intra Leo Landgrave. This is something that we have been working on since last season and it was really great to see it finally happen.
Some teams will continue to do more preseason tournaments through August and Intra’s regular season will begin on September 6, 2014. Intra is very proud of all their players, coaches, assistants, managers and all the volunteers that make Intra possible. We would like to also thank all of those in Ramona who continue their support of these teams.
Intra BU16 Pegasus Cup Finalists
Ramona Intra Boys Under 16 traveled across San Diego County to participate in the 17th annual Pegasus Cup on June 28th and 29th. The first game in Poway against Aztecs FC Rodriguez ended in a 0-1 loss. Manager Leo landgrave said it was a well-matched game and the boys played very well. The second game was against Arsenal FC San Diego Elite and ended in a 0-0 tie. On Sunday Intra headed to Chula Vista and played Aztecs FC Garcia. Intra won that match 4-0. Intra placed 2nd in their bracket and advanced to finals Sunday afternoon. Finals took place at Pershing Middle School in San Diego. The pre-game started with a World Cup style entrance with the refs and both team walking onto the field side by side.
The boys faced Aztecs FC Rodriguez. The game ended in a 1-4 lose for Intra. Coach Ocampo said the boys played very well. We had a few players out with injuries and an undeserved red card from the morning game and we are hoping everyone is healed and ready for the upcoming tournament, which will be the Crusaders Cup July 5th-6th.
Pictured - Top Row: Raul, Andrick Molinero Acosta, Drake Ocampo, Luis Castellano, Alexzander Sanchez-Reyes, Mateo Michel, Eder Landgrave, Cesar Ramos, Coach Gabriel Ocampo. Bottom Row: Leonardo Garcia, Julio Anastacio, Richard Sandoval, Noel Garcia, Israel Torres, Miguel Guerrero, Miguel Garza. Not Pictured: Jesus Gutierrez, Chance Hardin, Nathan Rosenblum, Eduardo Saucedo, Victor Velasco.
Intra GU16 At The Kickin It Challenge
On June 21-22, Ramona Intra GU16 participated in the Kickin It Challenge uniting in the fight against breast cancer. This tournament was their first as a new team. The first game against Temecula United ended in a 0-1 loss with Temecula’s only goal coming from a penalty shot early in the first half. One Intra player was removed from the game with a broken wrist from an early fall. Their second game against AZ Galaxy was a very well-played and strong match that ended in a 2-2 tie. The girls last game on Sunday against Barstow Heat ended in a 0-5 loss. Coach Gabriel Ocampo stated that he was very proud of the girls and what they accomplished as it was their first tournament and they only had about a full month of practice. For some players this was the first time playing on a competitive team, but they played strong and showed their love of the game. The girls next tournament will be the Dave Shelton Memorial Tournament in Escondido.
Photo - Back Row: Christina Brown, Melani Rodriguez, Alondra Ceballos, Caitlyn Cripps, Emily Preciado, Sierra Crenshaw, Chloe Knowd, Olivia Arnold, Sophie Underwood. Bottom Row: Mercedes Cervantes, Katia Flores, Jenni Rivera, Karla Chairez, Chelsea Boos, Nicole Lewis. Not Pictured: Brittany Poler.
Intra BU16 Makes A Splash At Charity Cup
On June 14-15, Ramona Intra BU16 participated in the 2014 Charity Cup tournament with proceeds going to Prayers for Kylie. The first game against the Eagles from Camarillo, California ended in a 2-3 loss. Their second game against Vegas Galaxy was a very well played and strong game that ended in a 2-0 win for Intra. The last game on Sunday against San Marcos Matrix ended in a 2-4 loss. "It just wasn’t our weekend," said coach Gabriel Ocampo. "We have some work to do. With the addition of four new players, the boys are still adjusting and learning to work together." The boys next tournament will be the Pegasus Cup.
Intra BU15 Start Pre-Season With A Trip To The Finals
Ramona Soccer League Intra Competitive Division participated on May 24-25 in the 2014 San Diego Super Cup tournament in Santee. The Intra Boys Under 15 team played their first game versus South Bay Matrix, which ended in a 2-0 victory. Their second game versus TMSFC Aztecs 00/99 from Tucson, Arizona ended in a 1-1 tie. Sunday the boys played Aztecs FC Lizaola and ended the game with a 4-1 win. Intra BU15 placed second in their bracket and advanced on to the finals. The championship game between Intra and TMSFC Aztecs 00/99 was a great game that ended in a 2-1 loss for Intra.
Intra Boys U15's next tournament will be on June 14-15 and will be the 2014 San Diego Charity Cup tournament with the proceeds benefiting Prayers For Kylie. This year the boys will be participating in eight pre-season tournaments before starting their season in the first week of September.
Ramona Soccer League’s spring season is the best ever as over 450 kids and adults have been taking advantage of amazing weather and lush fields to make each Sunday one to remember.
If you're enjoying the spring season as much as we are, head on over to our Facebook page and tell us all about it! You'll also find over 200 photos from this season's games. Is your kid in one of them?
U8 Girls All-Stars Win It All
The RSL U8 Girls All-Star team took their show on the road to an additional tournament and found lots of success! The girls went undefeated at the Scripps Ranch Tournament over the weekend of December 21-22 and grabbed first place!
Pictured: Top row (l to r) - Adalyn Kobs. Addison Cruz, Coach Brian Williams; Piper Williams; Taylor Garner; Bailey Filice; Karlee Larzalere-Higuera, Coach Ashley Cruz, Layla Fait, Head Coach Gavin Bangs. Bottom row (l to r) - Emily Wright, Gabby Ward, Claire Cannon, Dalylah Cruz.
A big shout goes out to all the All-Star teams for practicing so hard and doing an amazing job at the All-Stars tournament in La Jolla on December 7-8! Thanks to all the coaches that put these teams together and coached them up for the tournament. These great teams put an exclamation point at the end of an incredible year for Ramona Soccer League!
Season Ends With A Bang
Ramona weather doesn’t get any better than what we saw this weekend for the final games of Ramona Soccer League’s fall season. Teams celebrated the end of another great season with pizza parties, gift bags, cake and, of course, trophies for the top teams. All players went home with something for their efforts. Even if a team didn’t earn a trophy the league provided medals and pins to commemorate a fantastic season.
Some teams knew whether or not they’d be getting a trophy before the weekend started. But for others, they didn’t find out if they placed high enough to get a trophy until the games were played. That made for some exciting finishes and fierce competition. Even the top adult team, White Lightning, lost its first match of the season when the Blueberries got to them Sunday evening and spoiled their perfect record. However, in the end it was all about camaraderie, sportsmanship and fun and that’s where Ramona Soccer League always exceeds expectations.
Ramona Soccer League gave its support to those affected by breast cancer when the league declared October 26th, 2013 "Breast Cancer Awareness Day." We encouraged everyone to accessorize with pink as a reminder of breast cancer awareness and support for ongoing research to find a cure. Thanks to everyone that showed up sporting pink!
RSL in the Ramona Sentinel
Ramona Soccer League is expanding! Thanks to Park Lands Dedication Ordinace funding, RSL is near the top of the priority list to receive grant money for new fields that will be built near the adult softball fields. Click here to read all about it.
Also, we'd like to send out a big thanks to the Ramona Sentinel for the article they did concerning the RSL assets that were taken by some of last year's board members. Don't worry, we won't stop until we get everything back! And be sure to ask questions about tax-exempt status before you give your money to any organization! Click here to read all about it.
Ramona Intra BU10
Ramona Intra BU10 participated in the Hotspurs Labor Day tournament. They beat San Diego SC 2-1, Hotspurs 4-0 and Albion 2-0. They lost in the semis to Crusaders 1-0. Goals scored by Isaac Garcia, Nick Husovsky, Alex Castrejon, Travis Petton and Diego Mejia. Cruz Cannon was a solid goalie making outstanding saves throughout the tournament. This is the team’s first year together and they placed third in the Carlsbad Cup and Dave Shelton (FC Heat) tournaments.
The BU10 team also started their league season this past weekend. Saturday the boys had a 4-2 win against San Marcos Revolution BU10 Green and on Sunday they had a 2-1 victory over Scripps United BU10 Red.
Pictured (top l to r) - Coach Isaac Garcia, Thomas Sapletal, Jake Hayes, Nick Husovsky, Alex Castrejon, Isaac Garcia, Travis Petton and Coach Marcial Castrejon. (bottom l to r) - Diego Mejia, Pepe (Jose) Medina, Cruz Cannon, Josh King, Gage Wilson and Adam Moe.
Ramona Intra BU15
Over the Labor Day weekend the Intra BU15 team played in the Hotspurs Labor Day Tournament. Intra won two out of three preliminary games and placed second in their bracket and advanced on to the championship game. The championship game between Ramona and Poway ended in a 2-4 lose for Ramona Intra. "It was a great way to end the pre-season," said Coach Ocampo. "We would have loved to win, but it was a great game between the two teams."
The 2013-2014 season started September 7th for BU15. Saturday the boys traveled to Chula Vista to play the Aztecs FC and the game ended in a 3-2 loss. On Sunday Intra was at home against Chula Vista Premier FC and ended the game with a 9-1 victory for Intra.
Pictured (top l to r) - Israel Torres Jr., Alexzander Reyes-Sanchez, Drake Ocampo, Eduardo Saucedo, Andrick Acosta, Eder Landgrave, Leonardo Garcia, Abraham Ceballos, Emmanuel Reyes, Nathan Rosenblum and Salvador Castro. (bottom l to r) - Tony Guerrero, Jesus Gutierrez, Chance Hardin, Noel Garcia, Cesar Ramos, Victor Velasco and Coach Gabriel Ocampo.
Ramona Intra BU18
BU18 competed in the La Jolla Labor Day tournament in the BU19 bracket over Labor Day weekend. The team tied the first match 1-1 with a goal from Ryan Gurrola on a penalty kick. The second and third games were lost 6-0. "Our team continues to improve and this tournament allowed us the opportunity to work on passing and squaring up on the ball," said Coach Marco. The BU18 team also started their league season this past weekend and ended their first game against Arsenal FC-San Diego BU19 in a 0-0 tie.
Pictured (top r to l) - Ethan Hatch, Tony Solis, Danny Sanchez, Tanarat Crowe, Erik Meza, Ryan Gurrola, Cesar Sanchez, Carlos Cabrera, Julio Lozano and Coach Marco Sanchez. (bottom l to r) - Angel (Kike) Zepeda, Carlos Morales, Nick Espinoza, Edgar Talavera, Sam Erickson and Mason Pierce.