Woes continue at Far West region tourney

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Juneau Soccer Club teams were shut out Tuesday on the second day of competition at the 2004 U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Spokane, Wash.

The U-13 Juneau Reign boys lost 8-0 to the Santa Cruz County Chivitas of Northern California; the U-14 Juneau Xtratuffs girls fell 6-0 to Colorado Rush Nike; and the U-15 Juneau Jaguars boys lost 7-0 to Real Hawaii FC '89.

While the Juneau teams each have one more round-robin game today, Tuesday's losses eliminated them from the next round.

One Alaska team did manage a win on Tuesday - the U-15 Goldstrikers '89 girls from Anchorage - but overall, Alaska's record at the regional tourney fell to 1-2-23.

The Reign came out strong - they stayed inside much of the day to beat the Spokane heat - but could not keep up against the California team.

"Collectively, they played really well the first 20 minutes," Reign coach Doug Badilla said of his squad. "We definitely controlled the game" early on.

But the Reign were unable to find the net, despite a couple of good scoring tries by Joe Slagle and Aaron Badilla.

Andrew Sigler and Fernando Valero helped control the midfield, and Vicente Alinson put in a good effort on defense for the Reign.

Margaret Sekona nearly scored her second goal of the tourney for the Xtratuffs - off the rebound of a shot by Isabel Waldman - but it was called back on an offsides penalty. Juneau was down 3-0 at that point in the second half.

"Our girls would have been fired up" had the goal counted, Xtratuffs coach Tom Rutecki said. "That turned the tide for us ... but that's just how it goes."

Alison Bremner had some great saves in the goal, Rutecki said, while defensive players Michaela Goade and Kirsten Jorgensen made several key plays.

The Jaguars were unable to make a run against a strong Hawaii squad, coach Mark Kelley said.

"They just overwhelmed us," Kelley said. "We tried the best we could, but they were a very fine team."

The Reign finish the tournament today against Utah's Impact United '91, while the Xtratuffs play RV Disko 90 of New Mexico and the Jaguars face Real Colorado National.

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