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May 18, 2016

From all over the country, dozens of college coaches gathered together at the SilverLakes Sports Complex in Norco, Calif. in an effort to scout from the top player pool available as part of the 2016 Cal South National Cup College Showcase.

From the sideline, squeezed between two fields, college coaches sat quietly, and with notebook and paper in hand, jotted down notes as they observed the Cal South National Cup Round of 16 and Quarterfinals. They were on a mission – to recruit some of the top players in Southern California.

“Being in Washington, California has some of the top soccer,” said Peninsula College Women’s coach Dana Devaughn. “Being able to see a bunch of teams all in a row, only having to look at two games per hour is nice, and then just having the top level teams.

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“I’ve seen some of the best soccer I’ve seen in a long time. The top level teams are really exceeding my expectations,” she added.

The competition on the fields was fierce. Each team was not only fighting for a spot in the next round, but also to demonstrate the high level of play that Southern California is best known for. For University of Nevada, Las Vegas Women’s Head Coach Chris Shaw, the weekend did not disappoint.

“It’s been competitive games, I haven’t seen any games that have been blowouts, they’ve all been pretty close and looks like the girls are getting after it, getting stuck in, working hard, and it’s been some good soccer, some attractive soccer that I’ve seen on the fields,” he said.

While the College Showcase might be over, the competition is not as the Cal South National Cup Boys & Girls U14-U18 age categories conclude action this weekend, with the championships teams moving on to the 2016 US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals in Boise, Idaho. To find out what teams will move on, follow Cal South on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.