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Pacific Cup About to Kick off

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Pacific Cup About to Kick off

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The Pacific Cup kicks off Thursday at noon with some of the top HS teams in the nation facing off.

The tournament is a three-game, three-day quarterfinal-semifinal-final bracket format and will be held on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

The games will be hosted by the San Francisco Golden Gate club, and the tournament’s main sponsor is Canterbury.

For continued updates and the electronic version of the event program, go here.

Heading up the list is top-ranked HS club Danville, the Northern California Varsity Premier champions, but there are more:

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Peninsula Green will face off with the Bay Barbarians in the first round.

Pen Green won the NorCal DI and really the only reason they weren’t in the Varsity Premier was because they didn’t have the numbers for a 3rd side. The Bay Barbarians are mostly Archbishop Riordan with some Los Gatos players. They are tough and athletic, but Pen Green has been brilliant this season.

Danville takes on CK McClatchy, the NorCal DI runner-up. This will be an opportunity to Danville to nail down their game plan for the games ahead, as the Oaks should be favored.

Kahuku plays Union. This is a wonderful matchup. Big, physical, hard-hitting Kahuku against a smooth-running Union side out of Oregon that is new to testing itself out of the state. 

“This is something we have to do in order to get better, but it will be very tough,” said Union Head Coach David Curle. 

Could be. Both teams are multiple state champions with Kahuku already winning their title this spring, and Union on a tear to do the same in Oregon once more. This is a tough one to call. Kahuku is probably the favorite, but you never know …

Red Mountain v San Diego Mustangs. These teams requested to face each other. The Mustangs got stung by a playoff loss yesterday to the Coastal Dragons, while Red Mountain are once again Arizona champions. The Mustangs need big games from their major players, while Red Mountain has enjoyed a really good season in terms of competitive games, but also had a frustrating number of forfeits from opponents. Now they’ve had a bit of a layoff - is that a good thing?