Congrats to Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers' head coach Bill McKeever, left, and manager Art Anaya pose with the 2010 Association Cup trophy.

Back Row (left to right) Art Anaya (manager), Tanner Pierce, Jayson Chang, Cody Cantrell, Steven Anaya, Wills Connell, Bill McKeever (coach); Middle Row: Greg Krickl, Kevin McGowan, Joe August, Kyle McKeever, Trent Moffett. Front Row: Joey Jeppesen, Colin Murphy, Cody Keading, Kevin Castillo and Jonah Wayte.

Regardless of the level of competition, the Northwest Oaks Shamrock Rovers (boys U16) youth soccer team may have recently completed one of the best seasons ever recorded in the Empire.

The Rovers, winners of the Div. 3 California Youth Soccer Association-North’s Association Cup last weekend in Redding, finished the season with a 30-1-1 record (10-0 in their league), outscored opponents 135-14 and blitzed through the postseason Cup field with a 7-0 record, again outscoring their opponents 30-4.

The Rovers won the title game, 5-0, over the Redding Kaos Surge at the Redding Soccer Park.
The team, coached by Bill McKeever, consisted of players (freshmen-juniors) from Cardinal Newman, Maria Carrillo, Rancho Cotate, Montgomery and Rincon Valley Christian high schools.

McKeever, who started building this team six years ago, wouldn’t pinpoint a top scorer, saying only it was a combination of a lot of players.

“We were just very solid all around,” McKeever said. “I wouldn’t say any one player dominated. We started six years ago with a corps of players from Santa Rosa and just added a good player or two over the years until we got the players we had this season.”

Maria Carrillo sophomore Cody Keading was the goalie behind that stellar defense that yielded only .43 goals per game all season.

The Association Cup is geared for Div. 3 teams, although Div. 4 teams can enter. This year’s tournament opened on March 13 and the finals were played April 11. In the boys U16 field, 43 teams competed.

Div. 1 teams compete in the CYSA State Cup.


Northwest Oaks – Shamrock Rovers

2009-10 U16 Boys

Steven Anaya, Cardinal Newman, soph.

Joe August, Maria Carill,o soph.

Cody Cantrell, Rincon Valley Christian, soph.

Kevin Castillo, Rancho Cotate, soph.

Jayson Chang, Maria Carillo, fr.

Wills Connell, Montgomery, soph.

Joey Jeppesen, Rancho Cotate, soph.

Cody Keading, Maria Carillo, soph.

Greg Krickl, Maria Carillo, soph.

Kevin McGowan, Cardinal Newman, soph.

Kyle McKeever, Cardinal Newman, soph.

Colin Murphy, Montgomery, jr.

Trent Moffett, Montgomery, soph.

Tanner Pierce, Montgomery, soph.

Jonah Wayte, Montgomery, soph.

Coach: Bill McKeever; Manager: Art Anaya


Rover’s record

Season: 30-1-1

Goals scored: 135

Goals allowed: 14

Tournaments: 2 wins; 1 second place; 1 third place.


Association Cup



March 13: West Valley Blizzards, 5-0 (at Morgan Hill)

March 14: ARYSL Folsom Fury, 5-2 (at Morgan Hill)

March 14: Mission SF United Force, 3-0 (at Morgan Hill)

March 20: Deportivo Cotija, 2-1 (at Morgan Hill

March 21: JLYSL OSC Los Gallos, 4-0 (at Ripon)

April 10: Almaden Arsenal 93, 6-1 (at Redding)

April 11: Redding Kaos Surge, 5-0 (at Redding)