The Murrieta Surf GU12 team has captured the prolific State Cup trophy after an inspired finish in the Round of 32, which saw them outscore their five opponents 13-2.
The tournament took place over the course of two weekends from February 13th to February 21st, where they outplayed 70 other teams under head coach Marcella “Marci” Mahnke Lipp.
It was the perfect ending to a perfect season, as the Surf went undefeated in SCDSL League play, allowing just four goals all season long to the tune of an 11-0-3 record. They won four of their six tournaments this season, and were the only team to score on a third-ranked Texas team at the Vegas Cup.
After spending three years with the Surf, Lipp has moved on to coach at Arsenal FC, where she was before joining the Surf in 2013.
She had a successful tenure during her time, coaching one of her two 2013 teams to an Elite Eight berth in the State Cup and ultimately her 2015-16 team to a State Cup Championship. Unfortunately, rule changes and club authorities have decided to breakup their teams to comply with the USS Rules.
Lipp tendered her resignation due to reported discrepancies with the leadership two days after the girls’ State Cup win.