BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
LAYTON – LaRoca FC, located in Layton, recently captured a pair of national titles at the National Presidents Cup Championship, held in Auburndale, Fla.
The two teams that won were the under-13 girls and the under-17 boys.
The boys’ team took down YMS Clash, from Pennsylvania, 4-1 in the finals, after posting two draws and a win in pool play.
“These boys have been through a lot of games together and they came here with a goal to win it all,” said Derek Tate, the boys’ coach. “I’m proud of them for accomplishing their goal.”
The club earned a spot in the Regional Presidents Cup by drawing a wild card after finishing as finalists in the 2013 UYSA Presidents Cup in Mesquite, Nev.
The under-13 girls club win capped off an unbeaten run into the finals. The girls beat the Bay United Sharks, from Florida, in the finals.
“I’m proud of these girls,” said coach Will Rader. “They came ready to play and are returning home as champions.”
The team also won the UYSA Presidents Cup in February earlier this year.
“We have worked to create a club environment of quality at all levels on all teams,” said LaRoca club founder Adolfo Ovalle. “The success achieved this year in Florida and Hawaii comes from our dedicated coaches, who are professionals at coaching soccer, and from the commitment of the players. They should all be very proud of what they have accomplished.”
LaRoca FC is based in Layton and has been a club since 2005.