April 30, 2019
Casa Grande, Ariz. – Barça Residency Academy’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams traveled to San Diego, Calif. to take on Surf Soccer Club at the University of San Diego in the club’s second DA Southwest Division matchup of the year. The U-15s fell 3-1, the U-17s dropped a close one 2-0 and the U-19s rounded out the day with a resounding 5-1 win behind a hat-trick from Matthew Hoppe. The U-19s extend their win streak to five games as they prepare for the DA Playoffs.
The U-19s are currently the No. 4 team in the country and third in the DA Playoffs rankings with just two games remaining in the season.
Barça Academy U-19 vs. Surf Soccer Club
The U-19s put together a complete game from start to finish on Saturday. They got off to a great start, imposing their style of play on Surf as they dictated the tempo and created early goalscoring opportunities from both possession and their press which lead to Matthew Hoppe’s first goal. Matthew then scored his second goal soon after with a confident finish giving Barça a 2-0 advantage at the interval.
“We felt in control at half time but we emphasized the need to score the third goal to kill it off as a contest and we did exactly that,” said head coach Sean McCafferty.
Barça Residency Academy scored just one minute into the second half after a fantastic run, give and go and clinical finish from Owen Zaldivar. In full control of the game, Barça added a fourth goal from Caden Clark and Matthew Hoppe finished off an impressive performance with his third goal on the day and his 5th hat-trick of the season to give Barça the 5-1 win.
Matthew Hoppe earned Top Drawer Soccer Weekly Standout honors for the eight time this season!
The Academy teams will enjoy next weekend off and return to the pitch Saturday May 11, 2019, where they will take on Strikers FC at Grande Sports World – Home of Barça Residency Academy in their second to last triple header of the season.