Three Juneau Soccer Club teams will play in their age group's championship games today at the State Cup tourney in Palmer.
The Juneau Reign U-13 boys, the Juneau Xtratuffs U-14 girls and the Juneau Jaguars U-15 boys all qualified for the finals with semifinal wins on Saturday. It's the first finals appearance for the Reign, while the Xtratuffs are looking for their second straight title and the Jaguars are aiming for their third in a row.
State Cup winners earn berths at the 2004 Far West Regional Championships next June in Spokane, Wash.
The Reign lost to the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Kamikazes 3-0 on Friday, but still qualified for Saturday's semifinals where they beat the Fairbanks Renegades 3-2.
The Xtratuffs beat the North Pole Cyclones 3-0 on Friday, and shut out the CISC Peregrines 7-0 in semifinal play Saturday.
The Jaguars beat the Northern Lights Soccer Club Dynamo 2-1 on Friday, then defeated Alaska United 3-1 in Saturday's semifinal.
Among other Juneau teams at the State Cup:
The Juneau Riptide U-14 boys lost 3-0 on Friday to the Chugiak Cosmos, and lost 3-2 to the CISC Falcons in a semifinal game Saturday.
The Juneau Titans U-15 girls lost 3-1 to the Alaska Youth Soccer Club Arsenals on Friday, and fell 3-1 to the Chugiak Fury on Saturday.
And the Juneau Orcas U-16 boys squad lost to the Fairbanks Renegades 4-2 on Friday and beat the Alaska Goldstrikers 5-3 on Saturday. The Orcas just missed advancing to today's championship.
In the Reign's loss on Friday, the team allowed three goals to the Kamikaze in the first half but shut them out in the second - giving them some confidence entering today's finals, where they'll face the Kamikaze again.
On Saturday, Aaron Badilla scored three unassisted goals - including one on a nice run down the left side past at least four defenders - to lift the Reign to a see-saw semifinal win over the Renegades.
The Reign's defenders did a good job at controlling the middle of the field, and were able to withstand many Fairbanks scoring attempts in the last 15 minutes of the game.
The Xtratuffs got a goal apiece from Nellie Metcalfe, Isabel Waldman and Kirsten Jorgensen in Friday's win over the Cyclones. Lindsey Collins had an assist.
Waldman scored on a direct free kick from about 25 yards out, while Jorgensen made a nice run from her stopped position for an unassisted score.
Margaret Sekona had a hat trick in Saturday's win over the Peregrines, while Metcalfe added two goals. Waldman and Clarissa Suson had one goal each.
The Xtratuffs got assists from Carly Lehnhart, Amanda Soto, Suson, Waldman, Kayla Walton and Kelsey Messing. Alison Bremner and Walton played in goal for the Xtratuffs.
Lindsey Daniel, Elizabeth Tallmadge, Jenna Rutecki, Kristen Pratt and Michaela Goade anchored Juneau's defense. The Xtratuffs play the Alaska Goldstrikers in today's championship game.
On Friday, the Jaguars beat the Dynamo in a must-win game to reach the semifinals. After ending the first half in a scoreless tie, the Dynamo jumped out to a 1-0 lead after intercepting Juneau's kickoff. Twelve minutes later, Juneau's Kevin Koenig tied the game off an assist from Jamaal Bailey.
In the 65th minute, Andrew Flansaas scored what would be the game-winning goal off another assist from Bailey. Jaguars goalie Eric Choquette made several saves to preserve the win.
Cary Kelly had two goals and Flansaas added a score in the Jaguars' win over Alaska United on Saturday. Flansaas' goal came on a direct kick from about 30 yards out.
Bailey had an assist for the Jaguars, who face the Kenai Raptors in today's final.
The Riptide were down 3-0 at halftime of Friday's game against the Cosmos. While they held Chugiak scoreless in the second half, the Juneau players were unable to convert any scoring chances and were shut out.
In Saturday's game, Dominic Smith and Hunter Wolfe scored for the Riptide - both on assists from Elliot Ford - but the Falcons made the most of their few opportunities to claim the win. Juneau goalie Sam Post had nine saves against the CISC club.
At last year's State Cup tourney, the Riptide won in the U-13 boys division.
The Titans' Dani Barr scored off a corner kick from Talisa Rhea in Friday's game against the Arsenals, but Juneau missed at least a dozen other scoring chances in the loss.
Midfielders Stephanie Hinckle and Jessica Waste and defender Brittany Lehnhart had good games for the Titans. Juneau's Keri Williamson manned the goal the entire game.
In Saturday's game, Rhea scored an unassisted goal for the Titans in a losing cause. Kiana Carter's play at forward and midfielder was her best of the tourney for Juneau.
The Orcas got a spectacular goal from Dylan Ashe in Friday's game, but the Renegades proved too powerful.
On a kickoff about 10 minutes into the game, Ashe noticed that the Fairbanks goalie had moved out from the goal. He had a teammate gently tap the ball to start play, then launched a half-field shot that sailed over the goalkeeper and in for the score.
Robert Slagle had Juneau's other goal on Friday, off a throw-in by Ashe.
On Saturday, the Orcas accomplished one of their tourney objectives by knocking off the Goldstrikers. Eric Gullefsen had two goals while Kabil Ed, Slagle and Jared Azure had one score apiece. Wesley Dinnan had an assist for Juneau.
Eli Wray and Shane Gutknecht shared goalkeeping duties for the Orcas.
The Orcas' 3-0-1 record tied them with the NLSC Dynamo 88 - the team Juneau tied on Thursday - for second place in the age group and a berth in the finals. After going through the first three tiebreakers, the Orcas lost out on the fourth, the number of goals allowed. The Orcas allowed nine goals to the Dynamo's seven.
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