Malibu AYSO Soccer Camp – August 15-18

Andrew Pearce (of Elite Sports), Malibu AYSO’s Head Trainer/Mentor, is offering a pre-season Summer Soccer Camp to help all players prepare for the 2016 Fall Season.

Camp is open to all boys and girls ages 5-14. Registration is available online for just $189 per player.

Malibu Soccer Academy – Pepperdine University

Day Camps (Ages 5-11)

  • Day Camp #1  –  June 13-17
  • Day Camp #2  –  June 20-24
  • Day Camp #3  –  June 27-July 1
  • Day Camp #4  –  July 11-15
  • Day Camp #5  –  August 8 & 9

Residential Camps (Ages 9-18)

  • All Girls Jr. Elite Camp  –  June 13-16
  • All Boys Jr. Elite Camp  –  June 20-23
  • All Girls College I.D. Camp  –  July 6-9

Specialty Camps (Ages 9-18)

  • Striker Clinic  –  June 27-July 1

For more information call (805) 279-6155

MHS Girls Soccer Dominates League, Ends Season in Second Round of CIF

The varsity team finishes season with a 1-0 loss to St. Margaret’s.

By Katie Giacobbe, The Malibu Times

An emotional 1-0 loss in overtime in the second round of CIF playoffs marked the end of a successful season for the Malibu High School varsity girls soccer team.

The Sharks’ second round loss against St. Margaret’s Episcopal School came after a 10-game winning streak, a league championship and a 4-0 win over Simi Valley in the first round of CIF.


“Being undefeated put us up against a better opponent,” Head Coach Jack Craig said. “We prepared really well, the girls were ready and everyone had a positive attitude. For what we were looking to accomplish, it was a great season.”

Craig added that the Sharks’ motivation to play their best against St. Margaret’s was also fueled by the death of a player’s father earlier that week. Each of the players wore the family’s name as part of their uniform while they fought to move on in front of a home crowd.

“They were playing for something bigger,” Craig said. “We maintained a great game and did everything we possibly could.”

The end of the season also marked the end of seven seniors’ high school careers with the Sharks, including captains Sasha Savitsky and Britty Walley. Savitsky led the team in goals for her last season, scoring 13 goals and posting 13 assists in league. She will go on to play collegiate soccer for Amherst College in Maryland this fall.

“[The seniors] have contributed so much because they are the core of the program,” Craig said. “They believe in what the program is about. I think that when you have leaders on the team, they set the tone.”

Junior captain Abby Blackwood said that she has been playing with many of the seniors since AYSO.

“They have been so helpful and such nice people who have made a huge impact on the field,” she added.

The Sharks’ successful CIF run came on the heels of an undefeated league run, which included a memorable second-half comeback against Santa Paula early in league play. After trailing the Cardinals 2-0 in the first half, the Sharks turned the game around and scored three goals in the second half to secure a 3-2 victory.

“It was our first time playing Santa Paula, and they’re a really good team,” Blackwood said. “We were still learning, but had improved a lot from preseason. Getting that win had such a big impact.”

Craig also identified the Sharks’ challenging non-league lineup as a major component of their league success.

“It prepared us just like we thought it would because we came into league ready to go,” he said. “We knew how to play from behind, and there was nothing [the players] haven’t been exposed to.”

Blackwood and Craig also added that team camaraderie and a unique pregame ritual also set the Sharks apart from other teams.

“Especially in those two [CIF] games, we do a pre-game ritual where we all sing and dance,” Blackwood said. “It’s great team bonding and we just get so pumped and in the zone.”

“What makes us different is that our program is one team,” Craig added. “By the end of the season, they love each other and want to play for each other. We have an hour-and-a-half pregame, and most high school programs don’t do stuff like that. What more can you ask from a team?”

Despite the loss of several starters to graduation and a re-league taking place this summer, Craig said he sees the team doing just as well next season.

“We had some great freshmen playing on JV, so next year will be exciting,” he said. “Abby will take on the role [of captain] with a new captain. I’ve seen Abby grow into an amazing leader.”

“I think we will have new incoming players that will bring a great aspect to the team,” Blackwood added. “If we keep working hard and staying together as a team, we have a possibility of winning league again.”

AYSO Play Begins this Weekend

Fifty teams will play in the area soccer league

By McKenzie Jackson / Special to The Malibu Times

Six hundred soccer players will be completing kicking passes and scoring goals during Malibu American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) play this season.

Malibu AYSO Regional Commissioner Tim Silvestre said there will about 50 teams within age brackets U5 to U19 competing in the area soccer league when play kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Silvestre said the league has several focuses.

“First and foremost is the kids having fun,” he said. “The second goal is for them to learn the game of soccer and hopefully fall in love with the sport.”

AYSO soccer is the oldest national soccer program in the country. The nonprofit’s goal is to develop and deliver a quality youth soccer program that promotes a fun, family environment.

Silvestre said every youth on a Malibu AYSO team will participate in all of their team’s contests. He said the season will be 10 weeks long. Each weekend there will be 15 to 20 games on athletic fields across Malibu, including Malibu High and Juan Cabrillo Elementary schools, and Bluffs Park.

Silvestre said that players in age groups below U10 will participate in games that will have no goalkeepers and scores will not be kept.

In the U10 to U19 age groups, scores will be recorded and the teams will be allowed to have goalies.

Silvestre, who is also a coach in the league, said potential players still have the opportunity to sign in for play in some divisions.

After the season concludes on Nov. 7, the upper divisions will have playoffs on Nov. 14 and 15. The playoff winners will then compete against teams from nearby areas, including Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and Agoura, in the Dec. 5-6 and 12-13 area playoffs.

Silvestre said playing in the Malibu AYSO provides a safe and fun playing experience for all participants.

“Playing here is unbeatable,” he said. “It is gorgeous.”

Silvestre added that playing soccer with other kids is a benefit for youth.

“Kids want to come out and play with their friends,” he said. “That develops a community. They come out and play year after year and are part of a community. That is part of the fun.”

This article originally appeared in The Malibu Times Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Malibu AYSO 759a Team Wins Championship

The Malibu AYSO 759a U14 girls team capped an undefeated 12-0-3 season with an area 10E league playoff championship on Dec. 12.

Pictured, from left, front row: Whitney Clarfield, Gina Marcellino, Hannah Portzel, Weis Groeneveld, Karis Hughes and Daisy Johnston; back row: Nina Delaney, Georgia Knox, Coach Will Buckley, Lola Stanley, Sarah Konopaske, Lyla Mankoff, Emilia Buckley, Brianna Plank and Millicent Hopkinson; not pictured: Angel Andrews, Tiare O’Herlihy, Rachel Oronoz and Esme Bolander

The girls won their pool in the first day of the tournament, emerging with the number two seed for the next day’s semifinal round. On the second day, they took down their sister team, Malibu 759b, to advance to the final round against the number-one seeded Agoura/Westlake team.

During a windy final game, the Malibu defense repelled Agoura / Westlake’s advances to win 1-0 and emerge playoff champions.

Great Whites Win AYSO Championship

The team, pictured, from left: front row: Eden Nalin, Teagan Stoilkovich, James Fisher, Hudson Jaret and Hayden Scott; back row: Coach David Stoilkovich, Bowden Quittman, Michael Maischoss, Filip Kurial, Roman Parra and Amar Taha

The Great Whites win the Malibu AYSO 759 BU 10 Championships.