Friday, August 25, 2017
With RCL, high school and college seasons fast approaching or under way, the summer tournament schedule is quickly coming to a close. In our final Tourney Update, we take a look at the 25th Annual Northwest Cup and the recent Northwest Champions League.
The Northwest Cup - the home event for the Spokane Shadow/Sounders - was another big success with 160 teams competing at the Spokane Polo Grounds in 26 brackets/finals. Twenty Shadow/Sounders teams advanced to Premier and Challenge Finals with 10 claiming titles.
NW CUP CHAMPIONS: B07 South A (U11 Premier), B05-A (U13 Premier), B03-A (U15 Premier), B02-A (U16), B01-A (HS), G06-A Valley (U12 Premier), G05-A (U13 Premier), G04-A (U14 Premier), G03-A (U15 Challenge), G01-B (HS). NW CUP FINALISTS: B08 South (U10 Premier), B07 Shadow United (U11 Challenge), B05-B (U13 Challenge), B04-A (U14 Premier), B98-B (HS), G08 Blue (U10 Premier), G08 Valley (U10 Challenge), G07 Shadow United (U11 Challenge), G07-A Valley (U11 Premier), G04-B (U14 Premier)
The Spokane Sounder G06-A Valley girls were the highlight of the recent Northwest Champions League tournament at 60 Acres Complex. The young ladies won the U12 Championship with an outstanding performance against stiff competition on the weekend.
They dominated group play in their opening two games, smashing Washington Rush 8-0 in their Friday opener and then blanked ISC Gunners the following morning 3-0. A 2-2 draw against Westside Timbers in the final group game left the two tied on points, but Spokane on top via tiebreakers for a spot in semifinals.
The semifinal against PCU finished 2-2 with Spokane advancing via penalty kicks thanks to goalkeeper Myann Johansen, who did not allow a goal in the shootout.
The championship match against Crossfire A also went the distance after a 3-3 draw. The young ladies took the title with another tiebreaker from the spot, claiming the title with the clinching penalty coming from Makayla Werner.
The G07-A Valley girls also played well with a 2-1-0 record in group play with wins against Central Washington Sounders and Indie Chicas, but it was not enough to advance to the Final as eventual champion Crossfire swept the group.