The Juneau Soccer Club Riptide U13 boys team stayed undefeated and clinched a spot in Saturday's semifinals after posting two victories on Thursday and winning again this morning in the Alaska State Youth Soccer Association's State Cup tournament in Fairbanks.
The Riptide beat the Fairbanks Arctic Knights 7-0 this morning, after posting a 2-1 victory over the Renegades of Fairbanks on Thursday afternoon and a 3-1 victory over the Chugiak Soccer Club Cosmos on Thursday morning. The Riptide also won its opener on Wednesday, giving the Juneau team a perfect 4-0 record and the top seed out of Flight A.
All the games were played in a smoky haze from nearby forest fires, which caused games to be halted Thursday afternoon due to an air-quality warning. Conditions were better today, Riptide coach Rod Flynn said.
"Smoke from local forest fires has abated and local ridges are again visible," Flynn said. "The sun, when it comes out from the clouds, is an eerie orange orb."
In today's game, Juneau outshot the Arctic Knights 21-1 and Sam Post earned the shutout in goal. Jesse West scored the first two goals, while Colin Flynn, Elliot Ford, Sam Greely, Chris Twomley and Tuvao Maake scored once each. Flynn had four assists, while Dominic Smith had two assists and Elias Daugherty had one.
"The Juneau Riptide dominated game play against the Fairbanks Arctic Knights," said coach Flynn, who added that the Arctic Knights are a new team with a new coach. "Noteworthy goals were scored by Chris Twomley on a penalty kick and Tuvao Maake on a diving header into the goal."
On Thursday afternoon, games in the 64-team tournament were postponed until about 5 p.m. as tournament officials dealt with the smoke from nearby forest fires. There were also heavy rains earlier on Thursday, but the rain stopped late in the day.
"It was pouring rain this morning and I thought we were back in Juneau," Flynn told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "The weather makes for a long day and makes the kids even more anxious to get out here."
Against the Renegades, Daugherty scored an early goal to give Juneau a 1-0 lead. Colin Flynn scored on a direct free kick in the