Juneau Jambaars win the Alaska State Cup

The Riptide and Xtratuffs both claim second-place finishes

Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Juneau Jambaars Under-13 boys soccer team captured the championship at the Alaska State Cup soccer championships Saturday in Fairbanks.

The Jambaars upended the Chugiak Tsunamis 3-1 to win the state title.

Juneau peppered Chugiak with 12 shots on goal in the first half, but the game remained scoreless at halftime.

In the second half, the Tsunamis took an early 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute.

The Jambaars stormed back, however, as Ben Gelotte, Andy Lawson and Rhett Bennett scored to give the Jambaars the title.

Colin Gozelski and Peter Jorgensen had assists in the win.

Juneau defenders Sage Thibodeau, Devin Bertholl, Nathan Fosket, Zander Hoke and Raphael Betit limited opponents to just six goals in five games during the tournament.

On Friday, the Jambaars upended the Reds 2-1 in overtime in a shortened game due to smoke in the interior.

Jorgensen put the Jambaars ahead in the 45th minute, only to have the Reds level the game minutes later.

Lawson scored the game-winner in overtime off an assist from Riley Paul.

Taylor Lehnhart made three saves in the win.

The Jambaars represent Alaska and travel to Boise, Idaho for the regional tournament in June 2005.

The Juneau Riptide Under-16 boys soccer team delivered a pair of solid performances on Friday and Saturday but fell just shy of the championship.

On Friday, the Riptide upended the Fairbanks Flaming Lizards 3-0 in the semifinals.

Dominic Smith scored twice and Elliot Ford added another goal for the Riptide.

Nathan Ord and Curtis Perkins had assists in the win as Sam Post made three saves to preserve the shutout.

On Saturday, Juneau fell to the Cook Inlet Falcons 3-2 in the championship round.

Ord put the Riptide ahead 1-0 early on when he scored off a Sam Greely assist.

After three Falcons goals, Colin Flynn booted home a pass from Smith to climb within a goal of the lead.

On the girls' side of the bracket, the Juneau Xtratuffs Under-16 team fell to the Alaska Rush 2-1 in Saturday's championship game.

Rachel Tarver leveled the game for the Xtratuffs by converting a free kick from about 20 yards away.

On Friday, the Xtratuffs defeated the Cook Inlet Peregrines 1-0 to advance the final.

Elizabeth Harney scored the game's lone goal.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com



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