Three of the five Juneau Soccer Club teams at the 2001 Alaska State Cup tournament advanced into today's championship games in Anchorage.
All five teams made their age groups' respective semifinal games on Saturday, as Juneau became the only league to have all of its teams advance that far.
"Everyone is kind of in shock up here," said Mark Kelley, the coach of the U13 boys Juneau Jaguars. "There are rumors that some people were wondering how many ringers we brought up from Washington. It's nice to see, because it's like they don't believe Juneau's developing into a soccer power in Alaska."
Daryl Lew scored the game's only goal as the Jaguars upset defending U13 boys state champion Alaska Goldstrikers of Anchorage 1-0 on Saturday to advance to today's championship game against Northern Lights Soccer Club of Anchorage. On Friday, Lew, Jamaal Bailey and David Wrightson scored twice each and Alex Schirmer added one goal as the Jaguars beat the Mat-Valley Revolution 7-0. Kelley said his four top defenders of Cary Kelly, Owen Kelley, Schirmer and Nils Domke did a good job to keep the pressure off goalkeeper Eric Choquette.
"The Goldstrikers had never lost a State Cup game in the past two years," Kelly said. "We outscored our opponents 11-1 in our three games."
The Juneau XtraTufs, a U12 girls team, blanked the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Peregrines 5-0 Saturday in its semifinal. Margaret Sekona scored three goals, while Shaina Fay and Isabel Waldman added one apiece. The XtraTufs defense held the Peregrines to just two shots on goal.
The other team to reach the championship game in its division was the Juneau Quicksilver, a U15 girls team. The Quicksilver lost a 6-2 decision to the Alaska Goldstrikers in a round-robin pool-play game, but both teams had already clinched spots in today's final and Quicksilver coaches Doug Badilla and Leslie Houston said they were experimenting with different lineups. Jordon Cottingham scored one of Juneau's goals on a penalty kick, while Theresa Badilla scored the other.
"Tomorrow will be considerably different," Houston said. "We didn't want to show our stuff. We feel good about going into tomorrow's game and hope to have the psychological advantage."
In Saturday's other two semifinal games involving JSC teams, the Juneau RipTide (U12 boys) lost a 3-2 decision to the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Falcons and the Juneau Titans (U13 girls) lost a 1-0 decision to the Alaska Goldstrikers. Scoring details were not available on either game.