The Ceres Earthquakes Red 13-and-under boys competitive soccer team claimed another championship trophy.
Youth-laden Ceres placed first at the Almaden Futbol Club Labor Day Classic, staged Sept. 3-4, in San Jose.
“All the extra conditioning these boys have been putting in paid off,” Earthquakes’ head coach Alfredo Campos said. “Other teams get tired.”
“We have a young team,” he added. “Half of the boys are 10, turning 11.”
Ceres improved to 15-7-1 on the season.
The Earthquakes have won 11 of their last 12 games.
“Our bench is a big presence on our teams,” Campos said. “They compete with the other teams’ starters.”
Ceres compiled a perfect 4-0-0 record in the Bronze Bracket of the Labor Day Classic.
“We didn’t know who we were going to face going into this tournament,” Campos said. “The boys kept their composure and followed the script.”
The Earthquakes shut out Belmont United Soccer Club Celtic 2-0 in the finals on Sept. 4.
Juan Farias Galarza accounted for both of Ceres’ goals.
He scored in the 20th and 55th minutes.
Galarza’s penalty kick gave the 2-0 lead late in the second half.
“Belmont was bigger and faster,” Campos said. “Conditioning was the difference in the game.”
Ceres topped the Oakdale Soccer Club Stallions 2-0 in the semifinals on Sept. 4.
The Earthquakes defeated Almaden FC Mercury White 2-0 and Almaden FC Mercury Yellow 7-0 on Sept. 3.
Ceres has shown a tremendous amount of growth this year.
The Earthquakes have placed in five of six tournaments.
“I’m proud of the boys,” Campos said. “Their mental strength is getting stronger every game. They play a lot better under pressure. They’re not afraid. They believe in each other.”