Xtratuffs get taste of big-time soccer

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

After making a bit of Juneau soccer history last week, the Juneau Xtratuffs U-13 girls soccer team got the chance to become television stars.

The Xtratuffs and two other Juneau teams were in Hawaii to play at the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Far West Regional Championships. The Xtratuffs were eliminated in the first round of competition, though they became the first Juneau team to ever win a game at that tourney.

On Friday, the Xtratuffs were invited to play a scrimmage game against the Hawaii U-14 girls state champion team in a 5,000-seat stadium at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex. The evening game - held under lights - was filmed by a local television news crew. Two Juneau players - Alison Bremner and Jenna Rutecki - won a coin toss and got to be interviewed by the television crew. Xtratuffs coach Tom Rutecki also was interviewed.

In the game, the Xtratuffs went up 1-0 in the second half on a penalty kick by Isabel Waldman, who was chosen as the team's MVP of the game. Hawaii scored midway through the half, and the two teams battled back and forth to a 1-1 tie.

Bremner played well in goal, and was aided by defenders Jenna Rutecki, Clarissa Suson, Kayla Walton, Kirsten Jorgensen, Michaela Goade and Elizabeth Tallmadge. Lindsey Collins, Carly Lehnhart, Margaret Sekona, Amanda Soto and Nellie Metcalfe were among those playing on offense for the Xtratuffs.

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