SRU Boca Jrs. headed to Honolulu – win or lose


The Santa Rosa United boys U16 Boca Jrs. are in a unique position this coming weekend – win or lose the CYSA-North State Cup final against Santa Clara Sporting they are still are their way to the USYSA Far West Regional in June in Honolulu.

Because of a wild card selection, the finalists advance.

That doesn’t mean that the Boca Jrs. are headed to Morgan Hill for a 9 a.m. Sunday start with losing on their minds.

“Oh, no not at all,” said coach Dave Shaffer. “This is a rematch of last year’s State Cup final when we lost 3-0 to them. Then we looked like what we were – a first-time contestant. They were a little bit nervous. But we are a little bit bigger and stronger this year. And these kids have waited a whole year for this rematch.”

Made up of high school juniors and sophomores, Boca Jrs. are lead on offense by Davide Mendez (Windsor), Nico Spann (Montgomery) and Angel Azevedo (Healdsburg).

But the strength of the team is in the midfielder that is anchored by a pair of Maria Carrillo players – Austin Meyer and PJ Seiffert.

And Shaffer is more than pleased with the play he has received from his goalie, Maria Carrillo’s Anthony Perez. “He has been outstanding. I think he is the best goalie in the county,” Shaffer said.

Both teams will be playing in the Regional in Honolulu, June 16-22.

“But the odd thing is that the winner on Sunday just might wind up being in the more difficult bracket,” Shaffer said. “But we aren’t going to Morgan Hill to lose, that’s for sure.”

No matter what happens the reminder of the season it will be Shaffer’s last with the Boca Jrs. SRU has a club policy of a coach working with a team three years and then there is a coaching change. So this will be it for Shaffer.

SRU Boca Jrs. Roster

Angel Acevedo
Ismael Aguado
Marcus DeLeon
Jonah Hopton
Grayson Langford
Thomas Leng
David Mendez
Austin Meyer
Hunter Odom
Andrew Owenson
Nick Pastuhov
Anthony Perez
Kameron Rose
Chase Sariaslani
PJ Seiffert
Nico Spann
Ernesto Zepeda

Head coach: Dave Shaffer


(All games at Morgan Hill)

April 27: SRU Boca Juniors (U16 boys) – Won in PK’s vs. Manteca Rangers
April 27: SRU Fusion (U14 girls) – Lost vs. Almaden United
April 27: SRU Thunder (U15 girls) – Won, 3-1, vs. Pleasanton Rage
April 27: SRU Earthquakes (U17 girls) – Lost vs. Danville Mustang Mavericks
April 27: SRU Freeze (U18 girls) – Won, 6-0, vs. East Fresno Fusion

Finals Schedule
(All games at Morgan Hill)

May 3: 2 p.m. – SRU Thunder (U15 girls) vs. Foothill MVLA Avalanche.
May 4: 9 a.m. – SRU Boca Juniors (U16 boys) vs. Santa Clara Sporting.
May 4: 2 p.m. – SRU Freeze (U18 girls) vs. Danville Mustang Fury.