July 10, 2014

Neon United Team AYSO Champs

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID B.MILLER

Neon United Team AYSO Champs

The AYSO team, coached by Tim Silvestri, won first place in Malibu AYSO's BU12 Division this fall

Led by a contingency of Topanga fifth and sixth grade boys, Neon United finished the regular season in first place in Malibu AYSO's BU12 Division this fall.

In the semifinals of Malibu's end-of-season tournament, the Neon United boys rallied from behind twice to win 4-3, with Topangan Sky van Starrenburg scoring the winning goal on a beautiful header.

In the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 17, the teams finished tied at 1-1 in regulation. In overtime, Topangan Sam Mindel connected on a beautiful pass to van Starrenburg for a goal to put the boys up 2-1. Moments later, Topangan Alden Silvestre floated a perfect kick into the goal area and Topangan Adison Irby one-timed the ball into the goal, sealing the win 3-1. Neon United players are Liam and Henry Miller, Nick Reinhold, Adison Irby, Sky van Starrenburg, Sam Mindel, Evan Geft, Matthew Miller, Sammy Mankoff, Alden Silvestre and Parker "the Wall" Rhodes. The team is coached by Alden's dad Tim Silvestre, who lived in Topanga for 20 years.