Three Juneau Soccer Club teams won titles in Sunday's championship games of the Alaska State Youth Soccer Association's State Cup tournament in Fairbanks.
The Juneau Jaguars U14 boys team repeated as state champions with a 3-1 victory over the Cook Inlet Samurai, while the Juneau Xtratuffs U13 girls and the Juneau Riptide U13 boys claimed their first state crowns. The three teams are the third, fourth and fifth Juneau Soccer Club squads to win state titles.
The State Cup champions in each division earned trips to the Snickers USA Youth Soccer Championships Western Regional tournament, which will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, next June.
The Xtratuffs went to a double-overtime shootout to claim what officially is listed as a 1-0 victory over the Alaska Goldstrikers '90 of Anchorage. The Riptide blanked the Chugiak Cosmos 3-0 in their final.
The only other Juneau team to play on Sunday also won, as the Juneau Quicksilver U16 girls took third place with a 4-0 victory over the Mat-Valley Polaris. Two other Juneau teams - the Orcas U15 boys and the Titans U14 girls - did not make the playoffs in their respective divisions so they didn't play on Sunday.
Tha Jaguars, who won state as a U13 teamlast year, took a 1-0 lead in their game as Jamaal Bailey scored an unassisted goal on a breakaway down the right side midway through the first half. In the second half, Andrew Flansaas scored on a pass from Bailey from the right wing about three minutes into the period and David Wrightson scored on a 20-yard shot with about 10 minutes left to play.
Cook Inlet scored on a penalty kick with five minutes to play to spoil the shutout bid by Juneau goalkeeper Eric Choquette. Alex Schirmer, Owen Kelley, Nils Domke and Kanaan Bausler anchored Juneau's defense. The Samurai had only allowed one goal all tournament before meeting Juneau.
The Xtratuffs and the Goldstrikers played to a scoreless tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, which sent their game into a penalty kick shootout.
Isabel Waldman, Michaela Goade, Amanda Soto and Kayla Walton made their shots to give Juneau a 4-2 lead as the Goldstrikers lined up for their fourth penalty kick. Juneau goalkeeper Nellie Metcalf made the save to clinch the victory for the Xtratuffs, who were playing without leading scorer Margaret Sekona (religious reasons) on Sunday.
"We had 15 shots and they had five," Xtratuffs coach Tom Rutecki said. "Basically we had the ball in their end the whole time, but couldn't get a goal. We're a terrible shooting team and I wouldn't have believed we'd make all our shots in the shootout. We had an unbelievable crowd behind us, even two of the other Anchorage teams were on our side."
Kelsey Messing played a "heck of a game" at outside midfield, Rutecki said, while Juneau's defense was anchored by Alison Bremner, Walton, Jenna Rutecki, Kirsten Jorgensen and Elizabeth Talmadge. It was the second straight double-overtime victory for the Xtratuffs.
The Riptide didn't score in the first half, but two quick goals early in the second half clinched its title. Colin Flynn scored about five minutes into the second half on a direct free kick, and Zach Farrington added an insurance goal one minute later. Dominic Smith completed the scoring in the 25th minute as he scored on an rebound from a corner kick.
Sam Post earned his fourth shutout of the tournament for Juneau, which outscored its opponents 23-2 in its six games. Chris Twomley, Justin Gunderson, Isaac Stark and Neil Weller anchored the defense, while Elliot Ford and Flynn created several scoring opportunities from midfield.
"We're really excited," Riptide assistant coach Charlie Ford said. "We're all going to Hawaii. It's going to be fun."
In a third-place game, Theresa Badilla had a hat trick for the Quicksilver, scoring one unassisted goal and two others on assists by Jordon Cottingham and Rochele Rodman.
Jessy Post had Juneau's other goal, on an assist by Marita Rodriguez.
The Quicksilver were up 2-0 at halftime, and strong defense prevented the Polaris from rallying. Juneau had 16 shots in the game to Mat Valley's four, Quicksilver manager Leslie Houston reported.
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