It was a successful season for quite a few Sounders sides this winter, battling through the competition as well as the elements to win a couple division titles and post several other top three finishes. Capturing championships were the G01-A and G02-A ladies, who finished atop the table in the U16 and U15 Division 1 leagues.
In tournament play, a few teams travelled down to Las Vegas to play in the Players' Showcase.
Also getting underway in March were the State & President's Cup tournaments. Look for an update on those tourneys soon!
The month started off a little rough with a pair of 2-1 road losses to Three Rivers and GS Surf the opening weekend of the month, but the ladies quickly rebounded the following week with a pair of wins, 2-1 and 3-0, at NorthWest United and Washington Rush, respectively. They wrapped things up with a 1-0 forfeit victory from Crossfire Premier and a 7-1 rout of Washington Rush to finish third in U19 Division 1.
It was a dominant month in U18 Division as the ladies posted six wins by a total margin of 24-3. They opened it up with back-to-back wins at home against WPFC and GS Surf and added another win against visiting Seattle United before finishing out the campaign away from home with wins at Kent United, Three Rivers and GS Surf to finish second.
Sounders G00-A / Sounders G00-B / Sounders G00-C
The A squad, after a lengthy break, returned to play with a pair of wins, home and away, against Three Rivers on the opening weekend of the month. They then dropped a 4-0 contest to Eastside and then split the final weekend with a 4-1 win against Crossfire Premier and a loss to U17 Division 1 champion PacNW. The B squad went 5-2-0 for the month to claim the U17 Division 1 championship. The month started with a narrow 1-0 loss at Blackhills before the ladies ran off five consecutive shutout wins. The bounced back on the opening weekend of the month with an 8-0 win at GS Surf. The following weekend they posted an impressive performance with back-to-back 2-0 wins Saturday against Northwest United and another 2-0 result the next day at Washington Rush. They routed the Rush again a week later at home before closing out the campaign, having already clinched the title, with a narrow 3-2 loss to visiting WPFC. The C team wrapped up their Division 3 campaign with a split month. They posted wins, 3-0 and 4-1, at home and away against Snohomish United before dropping the final two against WPFC away and at home.
Sounders G01-A / Sounders G01-B / Sounders G01-C
The A squad captured the U16 Division 1 Championship with a dominant final month in which they outscored the opposition 15-2 in five victories at home. It started with 4-0 and 1-0 wins against RVS and Seattle United the first weekend of the month. The following week they downed Eastside FC 3-1 and then closed March and the campaign with 5-0 and 2-1 wins against Crossfire Premier and PacNW, completing the season unbeaten at 11-0-3. The B side kept their challenge for the U16 Division 3 championship in the mix with a great start to the month, winning 5-0 and 5-1 at Crossfire Premier and WPFC in the first weekend of the month. A week later, they went 2-0-1 with a tough slate, winning 3-1 at GS Surf and earning a 1-1 draw at Crossfire Premier in the same day Saturday before posting a 3-0 win against RVS the next day. Facing Three Rivers twice in the final weekend in a showdown for the title, the ladies came up short on both occasions, finishing second in the league. The C squad finished the campaign well in Division 4 with a 4-2-0 record for the month. They topped PacNW before sweeping GS Surf on back-to-back weekends. A trip to Blackhills resulted in a narrow 1-0 loss before they split on the final weekend of the campaign, falling 1-0 to second-place Three Rivers and downing Snohomish United 2-0.
Sounders G02-A / Sounders G02-B / Sounders G02-C
The A squad captured the U15 Division 1 Championship with an excellent final month. They posted 2-0 wins against visiting GS Surf and Seattle United to kick things off and then nipped Crossfire Premier 1-0. The finished things up in the final weekend with a 3-1 win at Crossfire Premier and a 1-1 draw against PacNW, who they tied atop the table in points, but defeated 1-0 earlier in the season. After going winless in their first six matches, the B squad posted a complete reversal in the final month with an entirely home slate, going 5-1 to close things out. They won four consecutive against WPFC, Whatcom, Washington Rush and Kitsap Alliance with only one goal allowed before dropping a narrow 3-2 decision to RVS on the final weekend in a split that included a 1-0 season finale win against PacNW. It was a split finish for the C squad as they performed much better at home. They handed 2-1 defeats to Three Rivers and PacNW the first weekend before falling at Snohomish United and Harbor Premier the following week. After falling to Harbor Premier, they posted a pair of draws the following day against Eastside and Whatcom. The final game was a loss to RVS.
Sounders G03-A / Sounders G03-B
The A squad wrapped up their U14 Division 2 campaign with a pair of wins this month, topping Seattle United 3-1 and PacNW 3-0. After a winless campaign, the B squad finished things off with a victory, downing Three Rivers in Division 4.
Sounders G04-A / Sounders G04-B
The A squad posted three shutout wins in the final month against Crossfire Premier, Whatcom and on the road against PacNW to finished tied for second in U13 Division 2. The B squad, meanwhile, wrapped up their Division 3 campaign with three losses and a draw.
Sounders B03-A / Sounders B03-B
The A squad dropped all three matches in March for their U14 Division 2 slate while the B squad was unbeaten in the final month of their Division 4 slate. They posted draws against WPFC and Washington Rush on the road along with a home draw against PacNW and on the road against Crossfire Yakima. A nearly unbeaten 3-1-5 campaign, unfortunately, left them four points shy of the top spot.
Sounders B04-A / Sounders B04-B
The A squad split in their final two games of the campaign, routing Seattle United 6-0 before falling narrowly to Whatcom 2-1 in the final game of the U13 Division 1 season. The B squad's final two games went similarly with a 2-0 win against Crossfire Yakima and a loss to RVS White, the Division 4 league champion.
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Player's Showcase (March 17-19 in Las Vegas)
G99A - U18 Bracket - The ladies dropped a narrow 1-0 decision in the opener against Colorado Rush and then suffered the same fate later that day against California Rush. It was another one-goal decision in a 2-1 loss to Oklahoma Celtic before they wrapped the event up with a 1-0 win against FRAM.
G00A - U17 Bracket - The ladies dropped their opening two games on the first day before rebounding for a 3-0 victory over De Anza Force on the second day. They were topped 3-1 by the group winner, Sereno, in the final match.
G01A - U16 Bracket - The ladies finished third in the group at 2-1-1 with the only loss coming in the opening game at the hands of the eventual group winner West Coast FC. The following day they topped Downey FC 2-0 and tied 2-2 against San Diego Surf ECNL Academy, which edged them out for second by one point. They wrapped up the event with a 3-2 win against LA Galaxy South Bay Elite.
G02A - U15 Bracket - The ladies finished second to eventual champion Strikers FC. They opened the event up with a 5-0 win against Indie Chicas and a 5-1 victory against Wolfpack SC on the first day. The following day they suffered their only defeat in group play to Strikers FC, who rolled to the title with big wins, The Sounders wrapped it up in a consolation match in which they narrowly fell, 3-2, to Legends FC West.