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Recap of Region IV Presidents Cup

 
June 17, 2013

FINALISTS
 
BU15 Highline Pacific FC
GU15 Timbers
 
CHAMPIONS
 
GU17 Eastside FC
 
Finals Game Recaps
 
BU15 HPFC coached by Ray Johnson provided excitement and aggressive play in each of their games. The final game versus Nevada was no different. Nevada scored within minutes of the kick off. Alex Harms answered right back as he won the ball in the final third and powered his way to goal with speed and determination. Harms slotted the ball past a sprawling Nevada keeper and the game was 1-1 in the first five minutes. These early moments set the pace for the rest of the game, and a pace that HPFC had been playing throughout the tournament. Nevada matched with an equal amount of resolve from their front line. Nevada went up 2-1 and HPFC had to fight once again from behind. A late second half HPFC shot found the upper corner seven and  proved they would keep themselves in the game until the very end. Nevada threw numbers forward in the final minutes to combine in the box and put the game away at point blank. The disappointed HPFC team has much to be proud of – they played some of the most unpredictable, pace changing, and athletic soccer of the tournament. Congratulations, team!
 
GU15 Timbers coached by Charlie Kleier proved that a win and a championship are anyone’s to take and on any given day. GU15 Timbers were in one of two age groups where Washington was able to send two teams to the Region IV Presidents Cup. The team played steady, patient, and solid. It took a team effort as forwards, midfielders, and outside back, Amanda Shi, all took their chances on goal. The game was tied 0-0 at half time. Arizona had one of the tournament’s top players who gave every opponent a difficult game. Arizona struck first and went up 1-0. The first goal of the day for the Timbers came from a come-back kid, Makyla Croco. Croco had just returned from knee surgery and gave a jolt of inspiring play to the rest of the team. The game went two over time halves and the Timbers went ahead 2 -1 early by a goal from Hunter Thompson-Terrel. Arizona refused to back down and equalized in the second over time. The tired and fatigued legs went to penalty kicks on one of the hottest days of the tournament in Boise. Both keepers made great saves and Arizona scored one more goal in the end. Washington Youth Soccer is proud of the effort, sportsmanship, and display of soccer by the GU15 Timbers!
 
GU17 Eastside FC coached by Ryan Dortch might have made the smartest play of the championship game during the day prior by putting their legs in the cold Boise River after their semifinal game that went into two over time halves and penalty kicks. The girls had no desire to play another long game and made it a goal to end the championship game within regulation. Legs refreshed and geared to go, the girls faced Utah in a game that saw chances by both teams and hair-raising goal post shots. GU17 EFC had scored more goals than most every other team in the tournament (21 goals for and 2 against in tournament play). The ability to score was there and they faced the challenge of capitalizing on fewer opportunities in a final match. Eastside found a surge of energy at the end, and as the players and the ball scrambled around the 18yrd box, it was eventually Victoriya Vasina who kept her composure and put the game away. Lots of celebratory tears and smiles followed from the girls and their families as the final whistle blew!  Next stop is Florida for Nationals! CONGRATULATIONS, EASTSIDE FC!   
 
Pictures from the tournament can now be found on the WA Youth Soccer Facebook page
 

 
June 16, 2013
 
13 Washington teams came to the Regional Presidents Cup in Boise, Idaho. 11 Washington teams advanced to the quarterfinals. 5 Washington teams moved on to the semifinals. 3 Washington teams will play in the Finals tomorrow for the right to play in the National Championships in Florida.
 
Yesterday and today completed all bracket, quarterfinal, and semifinal matches. The following teams advanced to quarterfinals:
 
 
Quarterfinals
BU13 Spokane Shadow
BU14 WestSound FC
BU14 Eastside FC
BU15 HPFC
GU13 FC Nemesis
GU14 Timbers
GU15 Timbers
GU15 Eastside FC
GU16 WA Premier FC
GU16 Crossfire Select
GU17 Eastside FC
 
 
Semifinals
GU13 Nemesis
BU14 Eastside FC
GU15 Timbers
BU15 HPFC
GU17 Eastside FC
 
 
Finals
GU15 Timbers
BU15 HPFC
GU17 Eastside FC 
 
 
Quarterfinals Recap
BU13 Spokane Shadow and BU14 WestSound each faced very tough and strong teams from CA S in the quarterfinals. Both CA S teams have now advanced to the final rounds of play at Regionals in Boise, ID. Hunter McKenna from the Shadow provided the best opportunities in front of California's net while goal keeper, Isaiah Deamschen, was able to hold off an onslought of shots and keep the goals to only 1 against in the second half. The WestSound boys had one of the best Washington records coming out of bracket play and were fresh off of a championship at the Snohomish tournament the previous weekend. Despite outstanding efforts by Alexander Bradbury and the team, they came up short in the end. We look forward to seeing this team again next year.
 
The GU14 Timbers took their quarterfinal game to the very last minute before falling 2-3 to CA N. The team played impressive soccer all week. The work rate and determination of offensive power house Taryn Reis, proved difficult for any team to handle. The team worked well together and will be another team to watch out for next season! GU15 Eastside FC came from behind after Del Sol struck in the first few minutes of the quarterfinal match. Eastside girls tied the game back up and dominated much of the play until the last few minutes when Del Sol ultimately defeated the girls 2-1. GU16 WA Premier PFC and Crossfire Select made it to the quarter finals but were unable to advance. Crossfire Select lost a close game 1-2 to CA S. The GU16 age group represented very well throughout the tournament.
 
 
Semifinals
The GU13 Nemesis team had the momentum of excellent soccer and team play during bracket play and quarterfinals. The team had racked up multiple goals in their favor and very few against when they matched up this evening against Utah in the semifinals. Coached by Tina Ellertson, the girls maintained the majority of possession dominating most of their opponents. Madison Kemp, Kiana Pandoliano, and Julianne Hutley were all scoring threats. MacKenzie Ellertson's skills, speed, and distribution created many opportunities. Angelina Krawczyk made it difficult for anyone to get past the defensive line. This is a team of future soccer stars.
 
The BU14 Eastside FC team, coached by Kei Kinoshita, became the "engine that could" at Regionals. A team that was a last bid entry to the Presidents Cup after another team was disqualified. This team kept coming back for more despite injuries and a low roster number. They started off slow in bracket play but picked up speed and confidence as they found their way throughout the tournament. The boys started the morning in quarterfinals taking the game to over time and winning 3-2 in an exciting match. The team came out in the afternoon to play the CA S team that defeated WestSound previously in the day 4-0. Leading off of the creative and smart play of Mitchell Meade, every player had to dig in to face CA this afternoon. The game was tied up at half time 1-1 off of an early goal by Meade. Eastside FC pulled ahead 2-1, but the aggressive and fast players of CA S were too much to handle. Phillip Tasker covered the goal, stopped breakaways, and made it very difficult for the California boys to find the back of the net. CA advanced to the Finals. The Eastside FC BU14 gave a good fight.
 
The GU15 Timbers, coached by Charlie Kleier, did not leave any room for question that they deserve to be in the Finals tomorrow. A 3-0 shut out in the quarterfinals propelled them right into the first half of this afternoon's semifinal game. The girls struck early and positioned themselves up by two goals early on. They fought a tireless CA S team and kept their opponents to only one goal against for the game. Defensive work horses, playmakers in the middle, and forwards playing with a purpose to score have kept this team strong. Congrats to the girls on making it to the Final match on Sunday morning!
 
The BU15 Highline Premier FC has kept every game exciting and fans on the edge of their seats. Forwards Alex Harms and Samuel Johnson have created danger in front of the opponents net in every game. Coached by Ray Johnson, the young men fought past a CA team last night in the quarterfinals and persevered until the very end of a back and forth semifinal match against Idaho today ending in a 3-2 victory. Diving headers, break aways, play making through the middle and an All Star leader and goal keeper in Cooper Hutchins will all come back tomorrow in the Finals. 
 
Eastside FC GU17, coached by Ryan Dortch, was kept scoreless for the first time this tournament during the semi finals this evening. The girls have scored more goals than most teams in the entire tournament all week. The score was 0-0 after regulation and two overtime halves. Emily Baril kept the ball from her net and made game changing saves. Eastside was not without opportunity and worked hard in the heat and through injuries to continue creating goal scoring chances in front of Idaho's net. It took an entire team effort as the girls stayed composed to slot their shots and beat Idaho in penalty kicks to determine a winner. Offensive threat Sophia Rouches will back tomorrow as the girls play for the championship at Regionals.   
 

 
June 13, 2013
 
Day 2 Recap from Boise, Idaho Presidents Cup Region IV - US Youth Soccer
 
It has been a fabulous two days of soccer so far in bracket play at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup. The sun has been out but the wind has kept it cool and challenging for balls in the air this tournament. 13 teams have one more day of bracket play before the points are added and teams learn their fate of advancing or not. Washington Youth Soccer came out strong the second day with 7 wins, 3 ties, and 3 losses. Results from today's games are as follows:
 
BU13: Spokane Shadow 2 -1 Win vs UT
BU14: WestSound 1 - 1 Tie vs AZ 
BU14: Eastside FC FC 0-0 Tie vs AK
BU15: HPFC 3-2 Win vs CA N
BU16: Arsenal 0-2 Loss vs ID
BU17: Eastside FC 1-1 tie vs ID
 
GU13: FC Nemesis 3-2 Win vs AZ
GU14: Timbers 5-0 Win vs UT
GU15: Timbers 1-0 Win vs CA N
GU15: Eastside FC 7-0 Win vs UT
GU16: WA Premier FC 0-1 Loss vs CA S
GU16: Crossfire Select 0-1 Loss vs CA N
GU17: EFC 9-1 Win vs CO
 
BU13: Spokane Shadow came back fighting today after giving up a late goal yesterday vs Oregon. The boys rallied from a 1-0 deficit today, coming out on top 2-1 in the end. The game was tied up when a Shadow player received a card and they went a player down. Shadow bunkered in and hoped for a break on offense. Luke Allen capitalized on an opportunity off of a great assist from Hunter McKenna to secure the win. The first goal was a penalty kick scored by Aiden Chapparo.
 
BU14: WestSound stamped their mark early in the tournament with a 3-1 win yesterday with goals from Bradbury (2) and Hernandez. The boys tied AZ today in a very good game with Crowley scoring the team's only goal. The team has positioned themselves well with one tie and one win heading into the final day of bracket play. 
 
BU14: Eastside FC came back after suffering a loss yesterday to get their first tie of the tournament today. 
 
BU15: HPFC started yesterday with a tie and fought to keep their lead to finish with a win today. Today HPFC saw goals from both Cole Nofsinger (2) and Johnston Means. HPFC was up 2-0 in the first half. CA N came out swinging in the second half and tied it up within 20 minutes. HPFC countered with a run down the sideline, a threading cross, and a clever pass to assist Nofsinger in scoring his second goal of the day.
 
BU16: Following 2 hard losses (2-3 and 0-2) for Arsenal, they will play at 2:00pm Friday and work to finish bracket play with points.
 
BU17: Eastside FC has had two tough games with the games evenly matched. Today's game resulted in a 1-1 tie.
 
GU13: FC Nemesis has kept the games exciting and entertaining. The girls won their first game yesterday with a 3-2 win over CA. Goals were from Kemp, Hutley, and Pandoliano. The team continued their offensive prowess today with a 3-1 win over a tough AZ team. Goals once again were scored by Pandoliano (2) and Kemp. Pandoliano already has 3 goals in 2 games.
 
GU14: Timbers played to an exciting end and photo finish as they scored in the final seconds yesterday over a top AZ team. The girls won 2-1 and had the momentum of play and confidence as they headed into today's game with a 5-0 pounding over Utah. 
 
GU15: Timbers played a competitive game and suffered an early loss on Wednesday but came back to an exciting game and a 1-0 win over CA N, with a goal from Kleier.
 
GU15: The Eastside FC girls are also leaving a wake in their trail with 15 goals for and 1 against.
 
GU16: WA Premier FC girls started the tournament strong yesterday with a 3-0 win over Arizona. Goals were from Manning and Emory and Haase. WPFC dominated the game again today but ultimately was defeated by a resilient CA S on a deep throw in and flick that dropped in the net. WPFC kept fighting, creating scoring chances until the very end.
 
GU16: Crossfire Select started out the tournament on a positive note with a 3-1 win yesterday and battled hard today before losing by only one goal to a very good CA N team. The team is still looking strong and will come back out to compete for the final day of bracket play on Friday.
 
GU17: Eastside FC has dominated in their bracket with 13 goals for and 2 against.
 
Bracket play continues on Friday with 13 games for Washington Youth Soccer.
 
 

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