The Juneau Soccer Club recently returned from the Yukon after battling sister city Whitehorse in the “re-launch” of the Whitehorse Exchange. This was the first of two soccer tourneys. Juneau will host Whitehorse in June to complete the exchange.
The Whitehorse games were played indoors at the Canada Games Centre. The Juneau teams excelled.
The comradeship between players from both cities is what makes the tourney exchange unique according to coaches of the Juneau Soccer Club. Many of the players were housed by Whitehorse families.
The following are reports from teams:
Boys 99/00 Strikers and Chaos Teams - The Strikers team (‘99 Boys, mostly 8th graders with some 7th graders) was split into two teams: Juneau 1 and Juneau 2. The Chaos team (’00 Boys, mostly 7th graders) played in the same division as Juneau 3. The two Strikers teams were a combined 4-0 against Whitehorse opponents. Brendan Renkes was selected as the team MVP for Juneau 2. JJ Mosher was selected as the team MVP for Juneau 1. Ernie Ramos was selected as team MVP for Juneau 3 (Chaos). Juneau 2 beat Juneau 1 to win the division.
JSC 02-03 girls (mostly 4th and 5th graders). Summary: Finished 3-0. Outscored opponents 14-2 in games against Whitehorse opponents. Team’s success attributed to strong defense, teamwork and communication. Taylor Bentley was chosen at team MVP.
’01 Boys Taku Blast (mostly 6th graders) - With outdoor soccer starting up, the Juneau Soccer Club 01 Boys Taku Blast team traveled over the weekend to play in the Whitehorse Exchange Soccer Tournament. The tournament provided the perfect opportunity for the team to prepare themselves for the summer season and show their skills. The team was split into two separate teams Taku Blast 1 and 2, both playing 6v6. Taku Blast 1 took second while Taku Blast 2 took third. Interestingly, both teams played against each other twice during the tournament with both games going into overtime and one ending in a shootout. This was a great start to bond the team and have them grow closer as a whole. Everyone played their best and coaches are confident the rest of their season will be a success. Summary: Split into two teams, Taku Blast 1 and Taku Blast 2. The teams finished second and third, respectively. Played each other. twice and both games went into OT, one went to shootout. Bonded as a team over the course of tournament.
Girls Avalanche and Surge (Girls 00/99 – mostly 7th and 8th graders) - Juneau soccer club girls combined teams Avalanche and Surge (mostly 7th and 8th graders). The Avalanche/Surge won their first game on the flexi field 3-2 Friday night. Saturday morning their second game ended in a 0-0 tie on the turf field after overtime, resulting in a shootout which was lost, but still earned one point for the tournament. The team led the tournament with four points heading into the Sunday morning championship game and lost 2-1 placing 2nd overall in the tournament. The Whitehorse team Yukon awarded Leila Robinson MVP. Summary: Finished second, losing 2-1 in the final. All three of its games were decided by one goal. Leila Robinson was chosen the team MVP.
Girls Xtra Tufs (’01 Girls –mostly 6th graders) - The Xtra Tufs finished in first place, winning all of their games against their age group competition. According to coaches the Xtra Tufs played well as a team and did a lot of passing which gave them more goal scoring opportunities. Malia Miller was selected at the team’s MVP.