The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars U12 boys team dominated the field, outscoring its opponents 20-0 over five games to win the U12 boys division title in the Zane Cup youth soccer tournament held Friday through Sunday in Anchorage.
"Ten of our 14 boys scored goals in the tournament," said Jambaars team manager Paul Bertholl, who helped coach Moctar Diouf with the team. "Our defense was anchored by Nathan Fosket, Sage Thibodeau and Anthony Boyd, and they kept anyone from scoring on us. They're very excited. I don't know if it's kicked in yet what they've accomplished."
The other Juneau team at the tournament, the JSC Ice Devils U12 girls squad, reached the semifinals to finish in a tie for third place in its division. The Ice Devils also won their division's Pele Award for sportsmanship.
"The girls played excellent," said Ice Devils coach Kristi West, who was helped by assistant coaches Joann Quigg and John Newell and team manager Kathi Nielson. "They haven't played a girls team their own age, they've only played in club. Now we know what we need to work on. The girls played with heart and the team was focused in each game. They have a lot of potential and we look forward to the next tournament."
The Jambaars claimed the boys title on Sunday as Andy Lawson and Rhett Bennett scored two goals each in a 5-0 championship-game victory over Northern Lights Soccer Club's Full Force team. Boyd also scored for Juneau, which led 1-0 at halftime. Colin Gozelski and Riley Paul shared the shutout in goal.
In Sunday's semifinal game, Juneau beat the Kenai Flaming Hot Dogs 4-0 as Cole Carnahan scored twice. Devin Bertholl and Lawson also scored, while Paul picked up the shutout.
The Jambaars opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over the Chugiak Tsunamis on Friday, as Lawson, Bennett and Gozelski scored goals. Gozelski and Paul shared the shutout and Juneau's defense held the Tsunamis to just three shots.
On Saturday morning, the Jambaars' defense held the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Reds to no shots on goal during a 7-0 victory. Lawson had two goals and one assist for Juneau, while the other goals were scored by Bennett, Peter Jorgensen, Max Smith, Thibodeau and Fosket. Gozelski and Paul shared the shutout for Juneau, which led 1-0 at halftime.
The Jambaars closed out round-robin play on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Timberwolves. Jorgensen scored the only goal just two minutes into the game, while Paul had the shutout.
The Ice Devils opened the tournament on Friday with a 3-1 victory over the North Pole Cyclones '93 team. Maylinda Suson scored twice for Juneau, while Sarah Donahoe had the other score.
On Saturday morning, the Ice Devils beat the CISC Spirit 3-1 as Suson again scored twice and Karli Brakes had the other goal.
The Ice Devils closed out the round-robin portion of the tourney with a 0-0 tie against the AYSC Arsenal, which gave Juneau the title in their pool with a 2-0-1 record (Arsenal took second and also made the semifinals). Genoa Mangusso and Dorothy Brent shared goalkeeper duties to earn the shutout.
In Sunday's semifinals, Juneau lost 2-0 to Kenai Crossfire with both goals coming off direct free kicks early in the second half. Arsenal went on to beat Crossfire 3-1 in the championship game.
The Zane Cup is named for Zane Stephl, a member of the NLSC Dynamo '88 team who died from leukemia in 1999 at age 11. This was the sixth Zane Cup, which has divisions for U11 and U12 players and serves as an unofficial state championship for those age groups.