Six Riptide players scored goals as the Juneau Soccer Club U15 boys squad rolled to a 6-0 opening shutout win against the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Reds on Tuesday at the State Cup Tournament in Anchorage.
Riptide players Sam Greely, Colin Flynn, Dominic Smith, Bryce Saviers, Curtis Mangusso and Jesse West found the net in the victory, while Juneau's defense allowed just three shots on goal.
"We had a good, strong game," Riptide coach Rod Flynn said. "Good balance (and) solid defense. ... We had good teamwork."
The Riptide are among nearly 70 youth soccer teams from across the state - including eight from Juneau - playing this week at the State Cup. Games are being played at three venues across Anchorage.
The winners of the various age divisions will earn berths at the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional tourney next June in Aurora, Colo.
In other boys games Tuesday, the JSC JD United U13 team beat the Dynamo 3-1; the Juneau Reign U14 team lost to the Kamikazes 3-1; the Juneau Jaguars U16 squad fell to the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Samurai 4-2; and the JSC Orcas U17 squad fell to Goldstrikers '88 3-0.
In girls games Tuesday, the JSC Capitol Cleats U13 squad lost to the '92 Arsenals 2-0; the JSC Crimson Tide squad fell to the CISC Flames 6-0; and the Juneau Xtratuffs U15 team tied the Goldstrikers '90 1-1.
Kamikazes 3, Juneau Reign 1
The Reign tied the score at 1-all on Fernando Valero's goal from 10 yards out in the 50th minute, but the Kamikazes added two goals late for the victory in a rematch of last year's U13 final, which Juneau won.
Juneau coach Doug Badilla said the team had several near-misses on offense.
"They played a good possession game," he said of the Reign. "(But) we must have hit the crossbar five times. ... We just didn't finish well."
CISC Samurai 4, Juneau Jaguars 2
The Jaguars and the Samurai were tied 1-1 at halftime, with Jamaal Bailey scoring Juneau's goal in the 35th minute of a very physical first half, coach George Crowder reported.
The Samurai went ahead 3-1 in the 53rd minute, but two minutes later Ray Huebschen scored off a Bailey pass to cut Juneau's deficit to one.
Juneau was unable to capitalize on several late scoring chances, and the CISC squad tacked on one more goal as time expired.
Crowder reported that the Jaguars' midfield - including Daryl Lew, Cary Kelly, Josh Wehnes and David Wrightson - made several strong runs and gave their all during the game.
Goldstrikers '88 3, Juneau Orcas 0
The Goldstrikers came out on top in a very physical game, and the two teams will play again on Friday in the three-team division.
"It was a wake-up call for us," coach Matt Dusenberry said. "This isn't going to be easy."
Dusenberry said Robbie Sylvester gave a strong effort for the Orcas despite playing at a new position. He moved back from midfield to fill a gap in the team's new defensive lineup.
'92 Arsenals 2,
JSC Capitol Cleats 0
The Capitol Cleats had many opportunities, but could not quite finish against the Arsenals.
"We hit the crossbar once, and sent three or four just wide," coach Noel Shima said.
Shima said the Cleats' midfiield - including Mahlet Tingley, Drea Pegues and Caitlin Goettler - gave a strong performance in the game, as did goalie Kristen Dierick.
Juneau Xtratuffs 1, Goldstrikers '90 1, tie
Margaret Sekona scored about eight minutes into the game as the Xtratuffs took the early lead, then had to settle for a tie against the Goldstrikers, who scored in the game's closing minutes on a shot from 35 yards out.
The game was a rematch of last year's U14 final, which Juneau won.
On Juneau's goal, Sekona got a ball that had been moved upfield by Amanda Soto, Lindsey Daniel and Isabel Waldman.
"She got past a few defenders, made a nice move on the goalie and shot it in," coach Tom Rutecki said.
Rutecki said the play of Kayla Walton in goal and Michaela Goade on defense kept the Xtratuffs in the game.
No further details were available on the JSC JD United or JSC Crimson Tide matches.
For more information about the State Cup tourney, look on the Web at www.socceralaska.org.
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