Though the Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars were eliminated from the United States Youth Association Region IV Under-13 tournament on Wednesday, they did leave with some satisfaction.
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The Jambaars, the Alaska state champs, won their final pool game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday. They defeated the Wyoming state champs, the Laramie Blizzard, 5-1 to finish pool play with a 1-2 record.
With the win, the Jambaars became just the second team from Juneau to win a regional tournament game. The JSC Xtratuffs won a U-13 girls game in 2003.
Max Smith gave the Jambaars their first goal of the tournament just two minutes into the first half off a Rhett Bennett assist.
The duo hooked up for the Jambaars' second goal in the seventh minute, before Laramie struck back in the 15th, making the score 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half, Andy Lawson scored off Bennett's throw in the 39th minute and Smith converted a free kick in the 41st minute to put Juneau ahead 4-1.
Lawson then added an insurance goal in the 60th minute.
Jambaars goalkeeper Taylor Lehnhart made eight saves in the win.
Devin Bertholl, Ben Gelotte, Nathan Fosket and Zander Hoke all recorded shots on goal.
The Jambaars will wrap up their road trip with friendlies against Nevada and Hawaii before heading back to Juneau.
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