Palmdale Thunder has been providing the communities of the A.V. the opportunity to compete at the highest levels of youth soccer since 1995. Our focus is on the development of soccer players, but more importantly the life skills and lessons of team sports that leads to a well-rounded young adult. Our record of players that have gone on to play in College is unmatched in the A.V.
Palmdale Thunder is a member Club of Cal South, and plays in the Coast Soccer League. The Club has won Coast Soccer, Cal South and US Soccer Federation Championships at the League, State and Regional Levels.
BU12's Capture the Championship at Lake Tahoe
Coach Martin's BU12's took first place in Lake Tahoe at the "Come Up For Air" Tournament. The boys played solid defense in the thin air of Lake Tahoe to go 4-0 and capture the Championship. Congratulations boys!
GU16's Having Tryouts
Nishimoto signs with Red Hawks
GU19 Gold Sweeper and Lancaster H.S. Fullback Katherine Nishimoto has signed to play soccer in the fall with D3 Illinois Tech. Katherine will study Bio-mechanical Engineering at the Chicago, Illinois School. Katherine played Thunder her whole club career, and is the 3rd player to sign from her team. Congratulations Katherine!
GU11's Champions of Cali-Crown Classic!
Coach Paul Zappula's GU11's continue their Tourney roll, following up their State Cup Championship with the Gold Bracket Championship of the Cali Crown Classic in Bakersfield.
The girls went 4-0, conceding only twice and putting up 19 goals in their run to the medals. Congrats to Paul and his girls on their continuing development!
Gomillion signs with Masters
GU19 Gold Center-Midfielder Hailey Gomillion signed with the Masters College in Santa Clarita last week. Hailey joins her sister, Sophomore Whitney, on the Women's team that is Nationally ranked and played in the National Championships the last 2 seasons under head Coach Curtis Lewis. Hailey joins a long list of Thunder standouts that have played for the Masters, a top Liberal Arts Christian University. Congratulations Hailey!
Coach Curtis Lewis and Hailey Gomillion
GU11's Crowned State Cup Champions!
In another close match last Saturday (Feb.7th) during their Mayors Division State Cup run, Coach Paul Zappula's GU11's defeated the Rebels Soccer Club, 2-1 in overtime to be crowned State Cup Champions! The match, at the I.E. Surf Complex in San Bernardino, was a tight defensive battle,tied at halftime, 0-0. Blast opened up the scoring early in the second half when they were awarded a pk. About 10 minutes later, Azha Dickson equalized on a beautiful free kick to tie the match. It stayed tied to the end of regulation, forcing overtime. About 3 minutes into ot, Thunder broke the deadlock when Laila Jimenez slotted the perfect ball to Darien Ritchie, who scored to put Thunder up, 2-1. Thunder held on through the rest of ot to secure the State Cup Championship. Congratulations to Coach Paul, his Staff, and Manager for developing this team that was formed just 6 months ago- an incredible accomplishment! This is Palmdale Thunder's 4th appearance in a State or Regional Championship match since 2007, and their 3rd title- which leads all clubs in the valley.
GU11's on to the Championship match of State Cup!
In a thrilling semifinal match at Hickman Field in San Diego, the GU11's pulled out a 1-0 win to advance to the Championship game of the Mayors Division of State Cup. Isabel Pina scored off a corner with 10 minutes left to go for the game winner. Keeper Jenna Cottrell has been solid all tourney, with her and the defense only allowing one goal in the Tournament. Seven different players have scored during the Tourney run- the girls are on fire! The Championship match is this Saturday, 1:30 pm, at the I.E. Surf Complex in North San Bernardino. Good luck to Coach Paul and the girls!
Thunder GU11's get through to the Semi's at State Cup
The Thunder GU11's advanced to the Semifinals of the Mayors Division of State Cup with a big 3-0 win today (1-31) over La Mirada SC at Hickman Field in San Diego. The Thunder Defense has conceded just 1 goal during their run. The girls play in the Semifinals tomorrow (2-1) at Hickman Field against Vista Storm, a team they defeated in Pool Play. The winner advances to the Championship match next weekend in San Bernardino. Good luck to Coach Paul and his Girls!
Coach Paul Zappula's GU11's advanced out of Pool Play and in to the Quarterfinals in State Cup Mayors Division action in Oceanside over the weekend. After a big 6-1 win over Celtic on Saturday, the girls played 2 tough matches Sunday, defeating both PCSC and Vista Storm by the score of 1-0. The girls play La Mirada SC this Saturday at Hickman Field in San Diego, with the winner advancing to the semi's. Good luck to Coach Paul and the girls!
Thunder BU12's finalists at the Anaheim Surf Winter Classic
Coach Martin Maguellal's boys played great soccer over the holiday break, advancing to the Championship Match in the Anaheim Surf Winter Classic. The defense was strong in securing 2 shutouts in pool play, and surviving a thrilling 3-2 win over CVU White to advance to the finals. The boys gave it their all but came up short against Coast Silver SMU Blue to finish 2nd overall. A great warm-up tourney for this weekends State Cup. The boys play at LNSC this weekend in pool play. Congrats and good luck!
The GU19's had another great weekend in Pleasanton- placing for the second year in a row in a highly competitive flight in front of college coaches. Only 7 teams in the 32 team division scored more goals as Thunder showcased a great attack, with 4 different players finding the back of the net. The defense brought it after a slow start getting the rust off in the first match. With the regular season just around the corner, the girls are in great shape for the fall!
Thunder GU 17's are Quarter-finalists at National Cup
The Thunder girls National Cup run came to an end against So Cal Blues Saturday. The Blues, basically a D1 College team with freshman and sophomore players from UCLA, Stanford, UNC, and others, played a brilliant match in winning 8-1. The Thunder girls never quit and fought hard for 90 minutes, learning much and improving as the match went on. They end up as Quarter-finalists,and the only team to score against the Blues. The Blues play the Legends this Saturday in the Championship match.
The Thunder G96's played last weekend in the GU19 Division of National Cup in San Bernardino. With the bulk of the team playing up 2 years against rosters stocked with College Players, they tied a San Diego Premier Team, and lost to the core group from last years National Champion Legends FC. The first game, Saturday against Chula Vista FC, the girls tied, 1-1, conceding a goal late in a thrilling, wide-open game. In Sundays match, short on subs in the intense heat, the girls were down 0-1 in the 70th minute to Legends before finally wearing out from the heat and the intense pace of the match, losing 4-0.
Kellogg's sign with William Jessup
Thunder GU19's Megan and Molly Kellogg follow Thunder alum and sister Kacey to William Jessup University in Rocklin, Ca. The girls will be graduating from Quartz Hill High School in the spring, and look to make an immediate impact on the pitch in the fall. Congratulations Girls!
BU13's lose a close one in Round of 32
A great run in State Cup came to an end in Escondido, as the boys lost to UIFC Hammers 3-2, in Round of 32 State Cup Play Feb. 2nd. Well done boys!
PALMDALE THUNDER TRYOUTS-
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