• Homer youth tear up the fields at Anchorage’s 2014 Inlet Cup
By Sean Pearson
While the national team from Mexico didn’t fare so well at this year’s World Cup — they fell 1-2 to the Netherlands in the 16th round of competition — their soccer spirit found a way to live on just a bit longer through a group of young athletes.
At least, that’s one way to look at it.
Still riding the wave of World Cup excitement, Homer’s Under-15 coed and Under-13 boys teams — commonly known as Homer Vortex — dubbed themselves North Mexico and South Mexico for their trip to Anchorage’s 2014 Cook Inlet Cup.
Word is, Vortex head coach Jorge Davila is from Mexico, so perhaps there was a little influence on the impressionable youth.
Or maybe they were just having fun.
Either way, both teams came away from the tournament with medals; North Mexico finished first to take the 2014 Inlet Cup title, while South Mexico finished in a respectable third place.
The two teams comprised a mix of Homer Soccer Association players from both the U13 and U15 teams.
Vortex South Mexico opened play with a 3-5 Friday loss to Cook Inlet Soccer Club’s Luna/Barry team in the early game. North opened play on Friday as well, blanking WYSA 11-0.
Games started at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, and both Homer teams fought their way through the bracket to find themselves facing each other in semifinal play.
The teams squared off just after 10 a.m. Sunday, and Vortex North Mexico snatched up the 3-1 win.
North players went on to win the afternoon championship in a high-scoring 10-5 battle.
Several parents of Vortex players spoke highly of Coach Davila, calling him “positive and inspiring,” and noting that he “works the kids super hard.”
And — as far as who to watch for as the young players move up to play at the high school level — there appears to be a consensus that goalie Ali McCarron is “a force to be reckoned with.”
Homer Vortex hosted Kenai for their final home game of the season last night at Homer Middle School, but results from the contest were not available by press time.
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