Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The four Spokane Sounders sides that travelled to San Diego over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend returned proud of outstanding performances at the Nomads Thanksgiving Tournament in First Division brackets. The 2000-A girls captured the championship and two other sides advanced to the knockout stages at the event.
Both of the girls teams in action reached the championship games with the 1999-A girls finishing as runners-up. On the boys side, 2002-A team reaching the semifinals of a competitive 32-team bracket.
Fresh off of excellent high school campaigns, Paige Malm and Frankie Schade were unstoppable in the attack with Malm finishing the event with five goals and two assists and Schade with two goals and three assists.
The team kicked things off Friday with a 4-0 win against Desert Community SC in which Schade scored twice with an assist. Malm tallied a goal and assist and Morgan Skone tallied. Later that day they blanked Arsenal SC 3-0 with a pair of goals from Malm and a goal and assist from Sarah Wilson, who also had an assist in the opening game.
In an early Saturday morning contest the ladies played to a 1-1 draw with Celtic, a result that saw both sides matched up with one another again in the Final the next day. Malm scored the lone goal via Peyton Bastine. Malm lit up Celtic the next day in the championship game, tallying two goals and setting up the third from Morgan Skone in a 3-1 victory. Schade and Kylie Hanson set up Malm's goals.
Goalkeepers Jocelyn Gross and Brie Krygier helped lead a defensive performance that allowed just two goals in the four games.
The tournament started off with a bang with the young ladies posting a 6-0 win over Ajax Joga Friday morning with a pair of goals each from Jackie Brown and Carolyn Moravec. Emily Williams and Grace Rogers tallied the other two with Maddie Hassett earning the clean sheet.
The ladies were tripped up later in the afternoon in a 2-0 loss to NUU United, but would earn a rematch in the Final against them with a 4-2 win against USA Premier on Saturday. Moravec and Williams scored again with Alli Schoultz and Regina Marino tallying the other two. In their rematch against NUU, Marino would net her second of the weekend, but the Utah side came away with a 3-1 win.
An early goal first thing Friday morning left the lads trailing, but Gage Smith tied things up with a free kick. Kaden Evans tapped in the second for the lead in the second half and Devin McGowan finished nicely at the back post to provide some insurance in a 3-1 win against Santa Monica United FC in which Clayton Crockett also played a key role.
Later that day a shot from McGowan smacked off the crossbar on a play created by Crockett and Adam Jones. Caiden Fickensher was there for the rebound score, which proved enough for the victory with Jadon Bowton posting a shutout at the other end in a 1-0 win in which Mundo Curiel and Evans also had standout performances.
With advancement clinched, they finished up group play Saturday morning with a 2-2 draw against Nomads AZ. They fell behind early again, but Curiel scored on a header and Smith tallied on a free kick for the second time to grab the lead before halftime. Conserving themselves on the hot turf for the quarterfinal later that evening the Sounders would finish with a draw in the match with Altyn Cader, Trent Ripley and guest 2003 player Dan Cobb playing well in the contest.
Facing Cal South National Cup finalist TVSA Hawks in the quarters, the Sounders were locked in a stalemate through a scoreless first half, but got on the board first in the second half following a few adjustments. Evans tallied the go-ahead goal off a box cross from Mitchell Torre. The celebration was short-lived with the Hawks answered a few minutes later. It came down to a shootout, where Bowton came up huge with saves on the first, second and fourth attempts from TVSA, allowing the Sounders to win the tiebreaker 3-1 after three conversions.
The Sounders' run came to an end in the semifinals when a bit of bad luck denied a few early chances as Smith put a shot off the crossbar from about 30 yards and Fickensher was denied a penalty on a controversial call. Rebels SC Elite then scored a goal on a counter and added a second early after the break to take control of the match en route to a 3-0 score.
The Sounders opened the tournament up with a 2-0 victory against Pateadores IER on Friday and later that day tied San Diego Football Academy 1-1. The boys went up 1-0 on a box cross from Devin Hauenstein to guest player Ramiro Rodriguez (DMCV Sharks). Allesandro Contos doubled the lead, allowing them to manage the game well from there and preserve their energy for the second match in front of a handful of coaches who were present specifically to assess our players. After falling behind early in the second half to a penalty kick, Devin Hauenstein put things level with a soaring header off a service from Adam Nevdahl. Two efforts from the Sounders off the woodwork left the match even at 1-1. The efforts of Raj Al-Ghani, Landon Butler, Conner Wold and Zach Mattson was key on the opening day of the event.
In a showdown for the top spot in the group Saturday, the lads came up short in a 2-1 loss to Foothill Storm SC, who fell in penalties to tournament finalist PASS Academy in a scoreless quarterfinal match in a very competitive tournament. A counter attack gave the Storm the initial lead before Ramiro Rodriguez finished on a great ball from Wold on a free kick. Cole Dobson, Butler and Barrett Scudder helped lead the team in the contest but the Storm would prevail off a set piece in the second half.
Serrano Finds Success for US U17 National Team
On a squad of 20 for the US Soccer Nike Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, FL, Ray Serrano saw action in all three games for the US U17 National Team last week, starting in the second game and helping set up a goal.
Pre-Friendlies Story [+]
Serrano entered the first match in the 63rd minute, playing the final 17 minutes of the 80-minute contest against England. The US, however, fell 1-0 on a 79th minute header off a corner kick. Official Recap [+]
The US fell to the Netherlands in the second match 5-1, but Serrano started and played the whole contest. He also launched the consolation tally in the 74th minute, winning back possession and sending Gilbert Fuentes on a run up the flank for the assist on the goal from Alfonso Ocampo Chavez. Official Recap [+]
Serrano came off the bench again in the final match, playing the final nine minutes and getting a chance that was saved in the 77th minute in a 1-1 draw against Brazil, which captured the tourney title with the draw. Official Recap [+] (photos from US Soccer)
Turnbow Named to U20 Women's National Team Prelimary Roster for Nike Friendlies
After a fantastic debut season at Santa Clara, Kelsey Turnbow now turns her focus to international play once again. She was called in to the US U20 WNT for the upcoming Nike Friendlies December 7-11 at Lakewood Ranch, FL. The even will feature the US playing England, Finland and Brazil. Previously a regular member of the U18 team, Turnbow scored twice for the U20 WNT earlier in March at the La Manga Tournament in Spain as it kicked off the new U20 cycle. Turnbow is a replacement player on the preliminary 24-player roster following the exit of another player. Only 20 will be named for the event later this week. The event is a warm-up for the U20s, which will attempt to qualify for the 2018 Women's World Cup in France with the CONCACAF tournament January 18-28 in Trinidad & Tobago. Similar to the men, all matches will be broadcast from the event through YouTube, Facebook and USsoccer.com. More Info [+]
Thur, 12/7 - Brazil v Finland 12:00 / USA v England 3:30 PT
Sat, 12/9 - England v Brazil 12:00 / USA v Finland 3:30 PT
Mon, 12/11 - Finland v England 12:00 / USA v Brazil 3:30 PT
Cader & Bowton Interregional Follow-Up
The West won the first two games of the USYS Interregionals, downing the East 6-2 and the South 5-0 before falling 2-1 in the final game to the Midwest. Previous Story [+]