Juneau Jambaars reach semifinal round but fall in Lake Oswego Nike Cup

Under-15 team wins, ties in preliminary round

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2007

The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars boys soccer team reached the semifinal round of the 2007 Lake Oswego Nike Cup on Sunday in Lake Oswego, Ore.

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The under-15 boys team fell to the CPSC Timbers '92 Blue from Washington in the semifinals after going 1-0-1 in the preliminary round.

Against CPSC Timbers, the Jambaars fell behind 2-0 in the second half after a scoreless first half. Max Smith scored in the 61st minute to cut the Timbers' lead in half, but the Jambaars would get no closer.

Taylor Lehnhart made five saves in defeat.

The Jambaars opened the tournament Saturday with a 2-2 draw against host Lake Oswego Soccer Club United.

Smith put the Jambaars up 1-0 in the third minute after a pair of deflections. Andy Lawson's shot was initially saved by the goalkeeper and Adam Neshiem's shot careened off a United defender. Smith gobbled up the rebound for the goal.

LOSC United evened the score in the 43rd minute but Smith gave Juneau back the lead in the 56th minute off a free kick.

A win wasn't to be, however, as LOSC United scored off a corner kick in the 67th minute.

Ben Gelotte and Devin Bertholl had one shot on goal each while Lehnhart made six saves in goal.

In the second game Saturday, Juneau routed the Tri-Mountain Avalanche 5-1.

Smith scored two goals while Nesheim and Lawson tallied one goal each to give Juneau a 4-0 halftime lead. Lawson, Lehnhart and Peter Jorgensen had assists in the first half.

Tri-Mountain scored in the 47th minute, but Lawson scored his second goal of the game in the 63rd minute to put the Avalanche away.

Alex Kelly, Andy Miles, Nathan Fosket, Raphael Betit, Riley Paul and Zander Hoke all recorded shots on goal in the win. Lehnhart made five saves for the Jambaars.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.

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