Academy Update: March 17, 2015

Earthquakes Academy teams enjoyed an ocean-side sweep on Saturday.

The U-18, U-16 and U-14 squads all prevailed over the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

On top of that, the Quakes’ U-13 team took second place in the CYSA North State Cup in Elk Grove, falling to Salinas in the final. The under-12 girls team, a new addition to the club coached by Jodi Washington, won the State Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Pleasanton Rage.

“It was a great day to be an Earthquake,” Academy Technical Director Chris Leitch said, summarizing the action.

U-18s: The Quakes (16-6-2 , 50 points) remained in firm title contention in the Northwest Division of the West Conference with a 1-0 triumph over Santa Cruz.
Yousef Diab scored the winner in the 40th minute, and the team celebrated the triumphant return of Harvard-bound Philip Hausen from a groin injury. Stanford-bound star Amir Bashti was dangerous all over the field despite being a heavily marked player, and Stephen Dougherty looked good in the back.

Hausen, a skilled left-footed winger and proven finisher, is an academy veteran. His younger brother, Danny, is also in the program.

“Philip has scored a lot of goals for us over the years, but he’s been battling some injuries for the better part of a year, so it was good to have him back in the lineup,” Leitch said.

Leitch added that the club is proud that Hausen is going to Harvard and wants him to be healthy and at full speed when he gets there.

U-16s: The Quakes (10-9-5, 35 points) snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 4-1 win over Santa Cruz . They are tied with the Seattle Sounders FC for third place. Oscar Govea, an U-14 academy stalwart, continued his strong play since his U-16 call-up with two goals in his second start. He needed only 20 seconds to score in his U-16 debut on March 7 against the De Anza Force.

“He’s probably the hardest worker on the field, so it’s not just the goals; he’s doing pretty much everything,” Leitch said of Govea.
Kristoc Camacho rounded out the scoring in the 81st minute and had assist. Amado Lozano scored in the 64th minute, and left back Christopher Grey had an assist and played very well.

U-14s: The Quakes (15-2-1) had offensive stars galore in a 9-1 win over Santa Cruz . Jason Yanez, Mario Rocha and Ramon Felix each had two goals for the high-octane attack, and Adonis Diaz, Nathan Arnott and Marco Jacques each had one goal.

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