Youth soccer: Timbers Reds U-18 boys win state title

Win on penalties sends team to Far West Regional

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



The Washington Timbers Reds boys under-18 soccer team converted five tie-breaker penalty kicks on Sunday to win the Virginia Mason Washington State Championship tournament, which is the most competitive of the Washington Youth Soccer state tournaments.

The Vancouver team defeated a Federal Way FC team in the final, clinching a berth to the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional that will take place in June at Albuquerque, N.M.

The Timbers Reds and Federal Way Blue played to a 2-2 draw in Sunday’s final at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Charlie Hauser scored both goals for the Timbers with headers from corner kicks, one assisted by Jared Williams and the other assisted by Austin Cassity.

The second goal came with about five minutes left in the 90-minute match and sent the game into overtime. Timbers coach Garen Bedoyan said his side had the better of play in the 30-minute overtime.

The shootout went six rounds.

Timbers goalkeeper Christian Asivido made two saves during the shootout, which the Timbers won 5-4. Austin Horner, Sam Pizot, Kyle Morris, Hauser and Iliya Zhividze scored in the shootout.

The victory was the 12th in a row for the Reds, who were 6-0 in the tournament including a 3-0 win over Eastside FC in a semifinal match played on Saturday. Carter Johnson scored twice with assists from Marco Martinez, and Nate Beasley notched an unassisted goal.

“We got better and better each year, improving individually and collectively,” said Bedoyan, who coached this team for four years.

The team of boys born in 1995 includes Johnson, Tim Teipel, Evan Laws, Horner, Williams, Nate Miller, Morris, Hauser III, Sharif Batroukh, Pizot, Calvin Goon, Cassity, Beasley, Jesse Kirkendall, Michael Beauchamp, Asivido, Martinez, Sam Niedner, Justin Koga, Jake McAllister, Zhividze and Jon Polen.

The Timbers Reds placed second to Federal Way Blue in the top division of the Regional Club League with 12 wins and two losses. A year ago, the same Federal Way team beat this Timbers side in the state cup quarterfinals.

More local teams compete

Two other teams from Washington Timbers FC placed in their state tournaments, and the Pacific FC White boys under-15 team placed second in Division 2 of the Challenge Cup.

Washington Timbers B97 Reds boys — The Washington Timbers B97 Reds reached the semifinals of the Virginia Mason Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup tournament for boys under 16.

Washington Premier White scored a goal late in each half to defeat the Reds 1-0 in Saturday’s semifinal in Tukwila.

The Reds reached the semifinals by defeating an Eastside FC team 1-0 in the quarterfinals, after reaching the knockout stage with a record of one win, two ties and one loss in group play.

The Reds went 12-1-1 in Division 3 of the Regional Club League in the fall, earning promotion to Division 2 for 2014.

Players for the under-16 Reds were Liberty Lillibridge, Brian Murray, Fernando Bojorquez, Ryan Grimm, David Warne, Tallen Wallace, Shadd Dawson Lincoln Corkill, Jake Gould, Max Hauser, Derek Davis, Ethan Cooney, Jackson Voeller, Joe Snedeker, Farid Araya, Clayton Castagnola, Quinn Handley, Eduardo Vazquez and Riley Benson. The team was coached by Javier Caceres. His assistant coach was Jeff Castagnola,

Washington Timbers G98 Burgundy girls — The Washington Timbers G98 Burgundy placed second in the under-15 girls Washington State Youth Soccer Founders Cup tournament, which concluded on Feb. 9 in Tukwila. The Founders Cup is the developmental-level state tournament.

A team from Fife Milton Edgewood Junior Soccer Club beat the Burgundy 2-0 in the championship game. The championship match was played on a snow-covered field at the Starfire Sports Complex.

After a record of 3-0-1 in their January group games, the Burgundy beat NSC Eclipse 3-1 in the semifinal match. Brittany Carroll scored from a corner kick, Nataliya Toshchakova converted a Marissa Walser free kick and Lexi Dixson scored on a breakaway.

Players for the Burgundy were Alexis Brown, Brittaney Carroll, Olivia Dennis, Lexi Dixon, Jackee Hammrich, Kennedy Hemann, Meghan Jackson, Anna Kallie, Jenna Krause, Vanessa Kuffner, Olivia Lawson, Sophie Muro, Sammy Oxford, McKenna Roper, Samantha Rosenkranz, Nataliya Toshchakova and Marissa Walser.

Pacific FC White boys — In the boys under-15 Challenge Cup tournament, the Pacific FC White squad lost to Crossfire Select 2-1 in Sunday’s championship match for Division 2. Chance Gilbert scored the Pacific FC goal. In Saturday’s semifinal, Mark Fabyanchuk scored the goal for Pacific FC in a 1-0 win over Eastside FC Blue C.