Community sports: Area teams advance in youth soccer state tourneys



Over the weekend, 11 youth soccer teams from Southwest Washington advanced in state cup tournaments.

Seven teams reached the semifinals of the Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup, the state’s developmental level tournament. The semifinals and finals for the Founders Cup will be played on Feb. 11-12 at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.

Among the teams advancing in the Founders Cup was a Washington Soccer Academy United boys team that reached the championship match. The team will play the Federal Way Ravens in the final on Sunday, after outscoring its opponents 10-2 during pool play.

Eight different players scored goals during the pool-play phase of the tournament: Jon Hua, Jordan LeBle’, Jeremiah Thompson, Delaney O’Haver, Hernan Guerrero, Igor Shapoval, Gee Castro and Cole Lubbers.

The team — which was recreation-level state cup runners up in 2004 and 2008 – has 16 players from seven schools.

Two other Washington Soccer Academy teams remain alive for Founder’’s Cup titles. In the girls under-18 division, the WSA Strikers play South Kitsap United at 4 p.m. Sunday for the title.

In the boys under-16 Founders Cup, the WSA Xtreme reached the semifinals with a 4-3 win over Lakewood FC. WSA Xtreme will face a Crossfire Select team in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Four Southwest Washington Youth Soccer Association teams are alive in the Founders Cup.

The boys under-15 Vancouver United Timbers Rojo take on Sparta at 4 p.m. on Saturday in a semifinal match. The VUSA beat a team from Edmonds 5-3 in the quarterfinals.

In the girls under 15 tournament, the VUSA Timbers Rojo play against Seattle United West at 4 p.m. on Saturday ion the semifinals.

In the girls under-13 tournament, the Salmon Creek Select Cobras meet the FC Edmpnds Strikers in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In the girls under-11 tournament, the VUSA Timbers Rojo plays at 1 p.m. Saturday against Central Kitsap United.

Six teams lost in the Founders Cup quarterfinals.

In the Challenge Cup — Washington Youth Soccer’s state tournament for competitive teams that don’t want to play beyond the state level — three Southwest Washington Youth Soccer boys teams have reached the quarterfinals.

Pacific FC teams are in the quarterfinals for the boys under-18 and the boys under-16 tournaments. In the boys under-17 division, the VUSA Northstar boys have reached the quarterfinals.

One team from Vancouver United Soccer Alliance has reached the quarterfinal round in the top level state cup tournament.

VUSA Timbers Red  boys team has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Youth Soccer Washington State Championship tournament.

After finishing second in its qualifying group, the Vancouver team will face an Eastside FC team in the championship quarterfinals on Sunday at a time and place to be determined.

Players honored at ODP tournament

Ellie Boon of Washougal and Aurora Bodenhamer of Hockinson were selected all-stars at the end of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Olympic Development Program tournament.

Boon was a fist-team selection and Bodenhamer a second-team pick. Both played for the Oregon ODP team for girls born in 1995. The tournament was played Jan. 14-17 in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Oregon team finished second among the seven teams. California South went unbeaten to win the tournament.

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