Youth soccer teams earn district championships
Nine Northshore Youth Soccer recreation teams reached the District Finals for the 1995 American Cub District Championships, held last week at Inglemoor High School.
Over 110 teams in the district entered the tournament, coming from Northshore, Lake Washington, Bellevue (Eastside), and Snoqualmie Valley Youth Associations.
In the Boys Under 12 (BU-12) final, The Meat Bees (Kenmore Club), coached by Tim Moe, lost to the Issaquah Thunderbirds 2-1 in a penalty kick shootout.
Another Kenmore Club team, the GU-11 Crystal Palace, coached by Dave MacIsaac, lost a tough match to the Redmond Bengals, 2-1.
Both teams had advanced to the final by winning their semi-finals in shootouts over two other Northshore teams, the Hot Spurs and Shooting Stars.
In the BU-13 final, the United Club Rockets, coached by Jack Shelton, gave the Lake Washington Legend their toughest challenge in the tournament, losing to the Legend 3-2 in sudden death overtime.
The GU-13 Lightning, coached by Bonnie Cooper, fell to the Redmond Wolves, 5-1.
In the GU-15 final, Mary Simmon's Royal Magic (United Club) lost to the defending district champion Gazelles from Lake Washington. The Magic was given a wild card berth in to the State Finals, so they will have another opportunity to win the State Championship.
Also, the GU-14 Vikings, coached by Al Kaas, earned a wild card berth. The Vikings played through two sudden death overtimes and 6 penalty kick shoot-outs before losing 2-1 to the Lake Washington Wildcats.
The Sting, coached by Finn Skogen, won the BU-14 final, scoring the only goal of the game with must seconds left. The Sting breezed through the preliminary rounds, before meeting stiff opposition in the quarter-finals (4-2 over the Northshore Wolves) and semi-final (2-1 over the Juanita Wildcats).
The BU-16 FC Donkey failed to win a game in the preliminary rounds of the tournament, but managed to earn enough points to advance to the quarter-finals. From there, they played the Northshore Hurricanes to a 1-1 tie, winning the game on penalty kicks 3-0.
In the semi-final, the Donkey scored with less than 2 minutes to play, defeating the Juanita Panthers 1-0. The Panthers had defeated the Donkey 5-1 in the preliminary round.
In the championship game, the Finn Hill Sting, playing without any subs, took the Donkey to sudden-death overtime before the Donkey pulled out the win, 3-2.
In the BU-19 final, the Asteroids, coached by Michael Baker, successfully defended their district title by defeating the Bellevue Piranhas, 1-0. The Asteroids won the crown for the 3rd year in a row, this time playing without any substitutes and actually playing two players short.
The Sting, FC Donkey, and Asteroids, along with the wild card teams Royal Magic and Vikings, will all be playing in the State Finals, FC Donkey at Pop Keeney Stadium and Inglemoor High School.
In addition to the Donkey, the GU-16 Killer Bees, coached by Dick Smith, will be playing in the same location, hoping to defend the State Title they won last year.