It was a terrific Boise weekend for Sawtooth United F.C. youth soccer teams during the annual Presidents Cup two-day tournament on the Simplot Sports Complex soccer fields on the east end of the capital city.
Out of the 18 age divisions, SUFC won two championships—in the U-13 boys and the U-18 girls—and advanced into the championship game in two other age brackets.
Coach Richard Whitelaw's U-13 boys (3-1 for the weekend) avenged an earlier loss and captured their championship with a 5-2 decision over the Boise Capitals Sunday.
"Man of the Match" Morgan Pike tallied three goals while Brendan Freund and Wyatt Bunce added singles in the title match. The goalie was Nick Crosby. Coach Whitelaw was pleased for his young team.
"We started the game off strong and never trailed. We led 3-1 at half. It was a good way to come back and a good way to end the season," said Whitelaw, helped by assistant coach Aaron Thompson.
Earlier, "MOM" Chance McCroskey scored two goals in a 2-0 victory over PVSC Panthers. Freund, Hector Lopez, Pike and Austin Cruz tallied goals in a 4-1 decision over Idaho Pride. "MOM" was Danny Sundali in that one.
In the preliminary 2-0 loss to Boise Capitals, "MOMs" were Freund and Bunce.
Coach Farrell Swain's U-18 girls (4-0) dominated their four opponents with a 13-0 goals-against advantage for the weekend. They beat Wolfpack United 1-0 in the finale.
Goalie Jessi Pieschl was outstanding with four shutouts and Margii Driscoll was a goal-scoring machine but the whole team excelled, Swain said. "It was the best I've seen them play all season," she added.
Two other SUFC teams made the finals. The U-12s fell to Osprey White 1-0 in the championship game and the U-14s lost 5-0 to Jaguars in their finale.
In all, there were 104 teams and nearly 200 games over two days on the Boise fields. There were 12 SUFC teams in action. Full results for those teams will be published in Friday's Express.