Community sports notes: Masters soccer team wins Las Vegas tournament title

Nine players from team come from Vancouver

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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A Vancouver-based men's soccer team won its division at the Soccer in the Sun King Cup.

The Northwest Masters won the Luther Division for players 48 and older. The tournament, held Jan. 19-21 in Las Vegas, featured more than 200 teams in 13 divisions.

The team played two 60-minute games each of the three days. The Northwest Masters had two wins and a draw in pool play, then beat Colorado Mirage 2-1 in a quarterfinal.

On the last day of the tournament, Northwest Masters beat Seymor FC in the semifinals, then took the title on penalty kicks against North Dallas 40.

Nine of the 18 players for the Northwest Masters were from Vancouver. Most of the rest of the players were from the Portland area, with two players from California.

Michael Hajari and Saeed Hajarizadeh were the team managers. Other players from Vancouver were Victor Tosktalutsky, Jelic Milrod, Leo Ruiz, Stepan Katmanchuk, Jasmin Catak, Kanat Chajanbaev, and Damir Brankovic.

According to Hajarizadeh, the team has played in this tournament for the last 15 years, first entering the over-35 division. The team won its bracket at this tournament in 2007 and 2011.

Northwest Masters gave up only three goals during the tournament. The team also plays in the Greater Portland Soccer District spring and fall leagues.

Youth soccer champs

Three youth soccer teams from Clark County captured championships in the Chipotle Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup tournament by winning title matches played on Sunday at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.

Vancouver Timbers teams won the boys under-16 and the girls under-12 titles, and Pacific FC Blue captured the girls under-11 championship.

The Founders Cup is the developmental-level state tournament staged by Washington Youth Soccer. Teams do not advance beyond this state tournament.

In the boys under-16 championship match, the Vancouver Timbers Rojo defeated the FC Edmonds Hurricane 3-0. William Warne IV scored twice and Griffin Lake also had a goal.

For Vancouver Timbers Rojo's girls U-12 team, Kiara Valdez scored the goal in a 1-0 title game win over FME Rage.

For Pacific FC Blue, Lillian Crossley scored in Sunday's 1-0 win over NSC Velocity. Pacific FC reached the championship match penalty-kick wins in the quarterfinals and the semifinals.

Players for the Blue were Carlson Fields, Sydney Flores-Tucker, Grace Adams, Braeden Glaser, Crossley, Jasmine Shigeno, Macey Hall, Maddie Hardie, Megan Meindersee, Madison Perry, Reagan Griffith, Kennedy Carter, Jacie Dollar, and Lauren Coons. The team was coached by David Adams and assistants Andy Fields and Ryan Glaser.

Championship Cup -- A Vancouver Timbers boys team advanced to the semifinals of Washington Youth Soccer's Championship Cup tournament with a 4-1 win over Eastside White of Seattle on Sunday.

Eric Powell scored three of the goals for the Timbers, who advance to play a semifinal match on Feb. 9 at Starfire in Tukwila.

Nosack, Kempf score for Timbers Academy

Skyview High School senior James Nosack scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season for the Portland Timbers Academy under-18 team in a 4-2 road loss to the Santa Cruz Academy on Sunday. The Timbers U-18s also lost on Saturday to the De Anza Force in Cupertino, Calif.

Midfielder Jacob Kempf from Camas scored the only goal of the weekend trip for the Timbers Academy under-16 side, which had a loss and a tie on the California trip.

Vancouver hockey team wins playoff

Caleb Collins and Jacob Bishop had two goals apiece to held Team North (Vancouver) beat Team South 5-2 on Saturday in the first round of the Winterhawks Varsity Hockey playoffs.

Team North will next face Team East at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton, Ore. Winterhawks Varsity Hockey is a high school hockey league in its first season. Collins attends Washougal High School. Bishop attends Prairie.

Shane Keenan of Union High School scored a short-handed goal and had one assist in Saturday's win. Logan Anderson of Columbia River had two assists.

Equestrian results listed

Results from recent high school equestrian competitions involving teams from Hockinson, Camas and Prairie are listed in the Community Sports Scoreboard. Listed are inviduals and teams who scored top-10 places in their events.

The Washington High School Equestrian Teams season involves three district meets, followed by a state meet in May for those who qualify.

Community Sports news is published each Tuesday. To submit items, send email to paul.danzer@columbian.com, or call 360-735-4521.