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NCSA Rangers Premier u-13 boys heading to nationals
The Manteca-based NCSA Rangers Premier under-13 boys soccer team earned a berth to the U.S. Club National in Virginia Beach, Va. Next month
On Tuesday, June 15, the Manteca-based Northern California Soccer Academy Rangers Premier under-13 boys soccer team won the U.S. Club Soccer Regional Championships with a 3-1 victory over Heritage Soccer Club United.

The win earned the squad an opportunity to go to the U.S. Club National event in Virginia Beach, Va. July 28. U.S. Club Regional qualifying competitions started in May across the country in 13 regional locations.

On June 12, the opening day of competition, the Rangers defeated Placer United 8-0 in dominant fashion. On day two, they had a wake-up call from Heritage SC, which came to battle strong in a very close game to defeat NCSA, 2-1.

On day three, NCSA Rangers Premier faced Lamorinda FC and defeated them handily 5-1 to clinch a championship game appearance and a rematch against Heritage SC.

“Our game plan was to find the tactical and possession game that we didn’t quite find in the game prior with Heritage,” head coach Vince Meyer said. “We had the talent; we just needed to keep the game simple and capitalize on our opportunities.”

In Tuesday’s championship match, the team was not willing to let history repeat itself from days prior, and from the whistle, NCSA Rangers Premier dominated possession and created continuous opportunities to score goals.

Heritage did get a chance of its own, and scored one goal in the match, but eventually got worn down by the defense of NCSA Rangers Premier. In the end, NCSA Rangers Premier was victorious 3-1 over Heritage and will now prepare for the trip to the U.S. Club National event at the end of July.

“I am very proud of the team, and the hard work and preparation that they and Coach Vince Meyer put in for this competition,” said NCSA founder and director of coaching Dave de Hart. “This is great progress for our club, and our first Regional and National opportunity for one of our teams.”

Dave de Hart brings over 30 years of coaching and playing experience to the development of soccer players from the youth, Olympic developmental, collegiate and professional levels. Started in 2009, de Hart’s vision was to establish the best coaches from the Central Valley who are dedicated to providing the best possible soccer education and training to the players throughout the Central Valley.

“There are a lot of great athletes in the Central Valley that I have had the opportunity to work with, and watch them go on to earn collegiate and professional positions of the past 30 years, and I want to help more in the years to come,” de Hart said.

More information on Northern California Soccer Academy can be found at

The NCSA Rangers under-13 team will be very busy raising funds through corporate and community support for this prestigious event and would greatly appreciate any volunteer support for financial assistance to be able to represent the Central Valley, and Northern California. If interested, you can contact de Hart at