Dramatic Comeback Helps Pateadores Qualify for Finals Week
Trailing by two goals and facing certain elimination during the final day of the Development Academy Playoffs, Pateadores overcame the odds and had a little luck on their side to pull out a come-from-behind win to advance through to its first Finals Week based on goal differential.
How they got to Finals Week: Pateadores’ offense was one of the best during the Academy Playoffs, scoring a tournament-high nine goals in three games. But one of those tallies was an own goal, which helped Pateadores defeat Albertson SC 3-2 to book a trip to Finals Week. Earlier in the week, Pateadores drew 3-3 against the Dallas Texans and topped the New England Revolution 3-0.
Finals Week and Academy Playoffs History: Pateadores’ U-17/18 team won the 2010-11 Academy championship last year, but the U-15/16 side has not reached that stage of the postseason. This year marks back-to-back seasons clinching a spot in the postseason for the younger age group, and it is the team’s first trip to Finals Week.
2011-12 Regular Season: A 5-5-6 record and sixth-place finish in the competitive SoCal Division did not stop Pateadores from qualifying for the postseason. The club had a minus-2 goal differential in division play, but overall Pateadores was 14-5-11 with plus-15 goal differential to secure a wild card berth for the Academy Playoffs.
About head coach Matt Tutton : Tutton, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., has held several coaching positions over the past 10 years in addition to leading Pateadores since 2000. Tutton has coached at Orange Coast College, Santiago Canyon College, Saint Louis University, Loyola Marymount and Cal-State Fullerton. He has a NSCAA Premier license as well as a USSF B coaching license.
About Pateadores: Spanish for “kickers,” Pateadores was founded in 1987 and has seen many quality players pass through its youth academy, including U.S. Men’s National Team member Maurice Edu and 2008 MLS SuperDraft No. 1 overall pick Chance Myers before the club became a member of the Development Academy.
Scoring Leader in Academy Playoffs: Brian Pacheco (4)
Scoring Leader During 2011-12 Regular Season: Pacheco (17)
Inside the Numbers: The lucky number for Pateadores during the Development Academy Playoffs was three … The club scored three goals in every match: a 3-3 draw against the Dallas Texans, a 3-0 win against the New England Revolution and a 3-2 win against Albertson SC, albeit the third goal in that game was an Albertson SC own goal … Pateadores has tied four of its past seven matches, going 3-0-4 during the stretch … Pateadores’ 11 draws during the regular season tied with Albertson SC for the most in the Development Academy.
Did you know … In addition to Chance Myers and Maurice Edu, Pateadores has been home to several other notable players such as Danny Califf (Chivas USA), Matt Reis (New England Revolution) and Josh Saunders (LA Galaxy).
U-15/16 Pateadores 2011-12 Finals Week Schedule:
Home team listed first
Tuesday, July 17: New York Red Bulls vs. Pateadores, 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 19: Pateadores vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: Pateadores vs. Chicago Fire, 8 p.m.
Monday, July 23: TBD