Academy Players of the Week for the Week of Dec. 14
U-15/16: Zachary Zurita
Club: South Central Premier
Zurita scored both goals for South Central Premier in last week’s match against New York Red Bulls at the University of Bridgeport. Zurita notched two goals in the first twelve minutes of play before NYRB rallied in the second half to win the contest 5-2. In the first five games of the season, Zurita has led the team’s offense by scoring five of the team’s seven goals. South Central Premier will continue their Academy season with divisional play in February.
U-17/18: Benito Amaral
Club: De Anza Force
Amaral led the U-17/18 De Anza defense last weekend in their 3-2 victory over Mustang SC at Diablo Vista Park. Amaral’s performance last weekend followed a strong showing at the Winter Showcase, including an impactful performance in the 1991/92 Select Team’s featured match on Sunday, December 6th. With Amaral in the lineup, De Anza has only given up three total goals in the past three Academy games. De Anza will play at divisional newcomer, CDA, this Saturday, December 19th before taking a month long break from Academy action for the winter holidays.