What an exciting weekend of soccer at State Cup for the Wave BU11 Blue Team!
After a disappointing 1-0 loss on Saturday against the TVSA Hawks, the boys were not sure how they would bounce back. But the boys came out crisp and sharp Sunday morning firing on all cylinders. After being up 4-0 at half against Desert Elite, Coach Tony changed things up and let the guys play in some different positions. Even though they gave up 3 goals and scored 2 more in the second half, it was a good learning experience and they had 6 different players score all 6 goals in the game. Then the boys were asking if Travis could go in the game during the last couple of minutes so we had to scramble to find him some shin-guards and soccer socks (please keep reading to find out Travis’ story). All of the boys were volunteering to let Travis use their gear. Everyone cheered when he entered the game, even the other team which was a great show of sportsmanship. It was very emotional for all the Wave BU11 Blue Team and a perfect way to end the game!
Once the boys knew they were going to advance to the Round of 64, they relaxed a little and went right after TFA Barcelona on Sunday afternoon. They were a very good team but the Wave boys played their hearts out (TFA Barcelona is one of those teams who only lost two games in their regular season and scored 81 goals while only allowing 9). So, once Wave got that first goal, and then a second goal, and then a third before half, they knew they could not let up. TFA Barcelona did score 1 goal before half time and were threatening a lot of the time. In the second half, Wave packed in the defense to keep them out and ended up scoring 1 more goal to seal things off. The top 3 teams in the bracket were very competitive so when the boys made it home from Lancaster on Sunday night, they were surprised to see they had secured the top spot. It goes to show that every time you take the field in soccer, you never know what can happen. The boys are now very excited and looking forward to the Round of 64!
Travis Selinka’s Story (written by his dad, Coach Tony Selinka)
“I don’t know if you know the background of Travis’ story and what made this experience so emotional. It was the State Cup weekend last year up in Lancaster when Travis’ early symptoms really started to get bad. Over the previous couple of months, he had been having some occasional dizziness and nausea that the doctors were trying to figure out. These early symptoms seemed to come and go but he would always bounce right back until that weekend. We made it up to Lancaster on Friday night but when we arrived for the game on Saturday, he was feeling too sick to play. He spent the rest of the day in the hotel and missed both games on Sunday too. Luckily our team made it out of the bracket and to the Round of 64 in Coronado which ended up being the last game he played in with the team. A few weeks after that and right after tryouts, Travis was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor in early March and had surgery the next day to remove it. The good thing was that the doctors caught it early and the surgery was very successful. The bad part was they determined it was Brain Cancer which meant followup Radiation and Chemotherapy were needed. About a month after his brain surgery, we went to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX for two months to have his proton radiation treatment done. We returned home to Carlsbad over Memorial Day weekend and he was given 6 weeks off before starting his Chemotherapy treatment. We started his 6 months of chemotherapy over the 4th of July weekend at Rady Children’s Hospital and finished the week before Christmas. Throughout this whole last year Travis continued to battle and whenever he was feeling up to it, he insisted on being out with his team whether for practices, games, or tournaments and the boys love having him around. Even though it has been a difficult and challenging year, Travis’ two main goals that kept him going have been to get back to school with his friends and to play soccer with his team. We know he has a ways to go and a lot of hard work to gain his strength back but he was beaming after the game when he said ‘I got to play in the State Cup with my team.’ Travis is a Warrior!”