The Juneau Soccer Club Ice Devils reached the semifinal round of the Under-14 girls tournaments at the Alaska State Cup in Wasilla.
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The Ice Devils went unbeaten in pool play, earning a 1-0-2 record before falling 4-1 to the Cook Inlet Soccer Club Velocity Blue in Friday's semifinal.
Juneau goalkeeper Elanor Watts helped limit the Velocity Blue to one goal in the first half, which ended with the Ice Devils trailing 1-0.
The Velocity Blue extended the lead to 2-0 before Sarah Donohoe scored for Juneau. The Ice Devils yielded two more goals in the second half as the CISC Velocity Blue sealed a spot in the finals.
In the Ice Devils' first game, the team rebounded from a two-goal deficit to seal a 2-2 tie against the Fairbanks Eclipse.
Down 2-0 at the half, the Ice Devils received goals from Sarah Tarver and Donohoe to level the score. Tarver added an assist in the tie while Genoa Mangusso and Watts split time in goal.
Juneau tied the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club Crossfire 2-2 in the second preliminary game to remain unbeaten. Trailing 1-0 early, Tarver scored twice to put the Ice Devils ahead before the Crossfire netted the equalizer in the later stages of the second half.
Mangusso and Watts shared goalkeeping duties in the draw.
The Ice Devils ended preliminary play with a 5-0 rout of the Mat-Su Avalanche.
While the defense shut down the Avalanche, Tarver scored four goals to lead the scoring barrage.
Donohoe netted the Ice Devils' lone first-half goal by converting a pass from Tarver.
Maylinda Suson added a goal, Tarver netted three and Donohoe contributed two assists in the second half for Juneau.
Jambaars fall to Reds
In the Under-14 boys division, the Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars fell to the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Reds 3-2 on Friday in the semifinals.
The Reds scored two goals in the first half and added another in the 49th minute to go up 3-0.
Juneau got one back in the 53rd minute as Andy Lawson converted an assist from Peter Jorgensen. Four minutes later, Jorgensen scored off Ben Gelotte's corner kick.
Taylor Lehnhart made 12 saves for the Jambaars while Alex Kelley, Max Smith and Riley Paul added shots on goal.
Riptide advances to finals
The Juneau Riptide Under-17 boys team won its semifinal game to advance to the championship round of the Alaska State Cup.
On Thursday, the Riptide fell to the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Reds 3-2 but still advanced to the single-elimination round.
Dominic Smith and Joe Croteau each scored goals while Colin Flynn picked up two assists.
Elliot Ford, Isaak Stark and Fernando Valero all had shots on goal while Derick Stewart, Zach Farrington, Justin Gundersen, Nathan Ord and Curtis Mangusso played solid defense.
Sam Post made two saves for the Riptide.
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