The Juneau Soccer Club Thunderstrikers U-12 boys team allowed just one goal in three games as it went undefeated over the first two days of the Zane Cup youth soccer tournament in Anchorage.
On Friday, Juneau beat the Chugiak Avalanche 3-1 and defeated the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Scorpions 1-0. The Thunderstrikers tied Fairbanks Phoenix 0-0 on Saturday.
Juneau coach Tom Rutecki said goalie Jamie Daniel made several spectacular saves to preserve Juneau's two shutouts. Daniel was assisted by excellent defensive play from Victor Wilson, Phillip Murray, George Skan and Logan Miller.
Reese Saviers and Cody Grussendorf each had two goals for Juneau in the tournament, and the Thunderstrikers' offense benefited from Wilson's towering, "front-flip" throw-ins.
A large contingent of parents was on hand in Anchorage to cheer on the Juneau players.
Juneau will play a semifinal game at 8 a.m. today. The opponent was to be determined by games late Saturday evening.
The JSC Capitol Cleats U-12 girls team is also playing at the Zane Cup. It lost 4-2 to the Alaska Youth Soccer Club Arsenals on Friday, then beat the CISC Sparta Elite 4-1 in an early game Saturday. Further details were not available.
The Capitol Cleats, who won the tournament's Pele Award earlier on Saturday, played Mat Valley in a game that started at 8 p.m. Saturday night - the result of which determined whether or not the team moved on to semifinal play. Results were not available by the Empire's deadline.