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Golden State club team sparkles

Soccer: Glendale-based 17U boys' soccer team will look for its fifth tournament win in as many tries in Saturday's West Coast Futbol Club action.

August 16, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • The Glendale Golden State Diamond Futbol Club 17U boys' soccer team has won four summer tournaments. This photo was taken after the club won the Slammers Cup in Santa Ana on July 14. (Courtesy of Louie Bilowitz)
The Glendale Golden State Diamond Futbol Club 17U boys'…

Success is measured with different indicators for the Glendale Golden State Diamond Futbol Club 17U boys’ soccer team this summer.

The Golden State club, guided by La Cañada High girls’ soccer coach Louie Bilowitz, is heading into Saturday’s West Coast Futbol Club Tournament in Irvine red hot.

In terms of wins and losses, Glendale has been dominant, racking up a 17-1-3 record, while claiming four tournament titles in as many tries and is currently ranked fourth in Southern California and seventh in its region, according to gotsoccer.com.

The 17-player roster, which includes two locals in Crescenta Valley High’s Tony Royer and Jason Winicki, hopes to continue it success when it opens play at 9:25 a.m. versus TVSA 17U Academy at Irvine Valley College at 9:25 a.m.

“In the space of 21 games, we’ve only lost one game and that was to a 19U team that we later ended up beating,” said Bilowitz, whose team has won the Pats HB Cup, the Slammers Cup, the Pateadores Cup and, most recently, the Soccerloco Surf Cup. “I’ve been proud of the way the guys have played.

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“We kept only 10 of 19 players from last year and those were the ones comfortable with my system. I want players who are flexible and coachable and this team certainly has those players.”

Glendale is coming off a 4-0-2 run in claiming in the Soccerloco Surf Cup in San Diego on July 29.

The Cup featured 378 total teams from throughout the world participating in several different brackets and age groups.

“The Surf Cup is one of the two biggest tournaments of the summer,” Bilowitz said. “This and the [North Huntington Beach] Cup are the elite cups out there. So, it’s nice to go out, play well and win.”

Glendale didn’t start too quickly, though, beginning with ties versus ASA Milan Black Hawks and CV Pumas Premier FC, 2-2 and 0-0, respectively, on July 27.

Golden State notched its first victory the next day with a 3-2 victory over LVSA 97 that tied Glendale for first place in its four-team pool with ASA and advanced the diamond squad to the first round of the tournament playoffs later the same evening.

That night, Glendale continued its winning ways with a 3-2 triumph over Marin 97 Blue that pushed the team into the final four on July 29.

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