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Jun 13
Mad Fitness Congratulates Santa Barbara Soccer Club Girls Team

Mad Fitness Congratulates Santa Barbara Soccer Club Girls Team on their First Ever State Championship win!!

Mad Fitness congratulates the Santa Barbara Soccer Club’s 2005 Girl’s White Team on their first ever State Championship win!! Thanks to everyone who joined us to support the team in our May charity event. We are so excited that the money raised will help pay for scholarships and a future European soccer trip! Thanks to Kelly for sharing the story of the team’s big victory with us:

“Thank YOU SO MUCH for featuring the 2005 Girls White Team for your May charity event. These girls are a very special group of athletes. First, these 12 year olds are the first girls team to win a State Cup Championship for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. Ever. Second, these girls overcame many obstacles leading up to the spring State Cup Championship. For much of the fall season, the girls trained/played without a full time dedicated coach. Multiple player injuries left them without enough players for games. Both unfortunately led to finishing in last place for the fall season. Waid Ibrahim, who previously played for USCB Men’s Soccer team, stepped in to take over coaching responsibilities. Waid connected with each player and within a few weeks, these girls were in their best athletic shape and winning every game in the State Cup.

The final State Cup game on March 4 ended in a grueling penalty-kick shoot out. The girls won 5-4 and made history for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. Since then, the girls received a certificate of recognition from the Santa Barbara City Council for talent, teamwork and dedication as athletes. They’ve also been recognized by CA Congressman Salud Carbajal and their story of perseverance has been covered by multiple Santa Barbara publications. Additionally, many of the girls have shared their story with their elementary school peers; encouraging and motivating players of all ages especially girls to never give up.  The team went on to dominate their spring season league by finishing in first place!

Read more about their final cup game on Noozhawk. https://www.noozhawk.com/article/sb_soccer_club_girls_make_history_with_state_cup_title

Cal South created the following video which features the team receiving their cup awards and an interview with Coach Waid (3:40).

After a turnaround year that achieved a level of success these girls never imagined possible, they have high hopes of traveling to Europe to learn from and play matches against world class soccer clubs. The money raised will be used to pay for scholarships for the fall 2017-18 soccer season and/or for a future European soccer trip. Thanks again, MadFitness for your support.”

-Kelly Lazarus, Santa Barbara Soccer Club

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