Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Soccer teams enjoy Idaho Falls shootout

Last weekend

Sawtooth United F.C. youth soccer teams traveled for the 32nd annual Idaho Falls Shootout tourney Friday through Sunday in eastern Idaho.

Here are results, submitted by coaches and supporters:

 U-16/U-17 boys: Two Community School soccer players, Tom Crosby and Cassidy Carson, were members of the Twin Falls Rapids U-16/U-17 team that captured the Idaho Falls Shootout title with a 3-0-1 record last weekend.

On Saturday the Rapids defeated the Madison Dragons 9-0 and drew 3-3 with Idaho Falls Ballistic. In Sunday's semi-finals the Rapids blanked Idaho Falls Extreme 3-0.

A strong wind affected the playing conditions for Sunday's championship game between Twin Falls Rapids and Blackfoot United. The Rapids played into the wind and escaped with a 0-0 tie at halftime. Ten minutes into the second half, a long punt by Rapids goalie Crosby bounced over the head of the Blackfoot goalie for the first score. The Rapids eventually won the game by a 3-2 score.


 U-15 boys: Coached by Tim Graves, the SUFC boys played extremely hard and posted a 1-2-0 record highlighted by Saturday's 2-0 victory over Ballistic. Goals by Dylan Black and Chandler Gifford supported the shutout goalkeeping of Kyle Weller.

Earlier Saturday, the U-15 boys dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Portneuf Valley SC (PVSC) from Pocatello. Excelling were defenders John Scott, Eron Bates and Chase Hutchinson. In Sunday's semi-finals, SUFC boys lost their game 5-2 despite goals by Zach Miczulski and Jose Ortiz.

 U-11 girls: Coach Jody Zarkos' girls finished second in the Shootout. SUFC defeated Twin Falls 4-1, after being tied 1-1 at halftime. The Wood River team also defeated PVSC Adrenaline Black 2-0, then fell 3-0 in the championship game to PVSC Adrenaline White. The U-11s carry a 8-3-1 record into this weekend's President's Cup tourney in Boise.

U-13 girls: Coach Dwight Cole's SUFC squad had a great weekend, making it to the finals of the Shootout and finishing second. Pool-play 6-2 and 1-0 wins over two Idaho Falls Odyssey squads and a 1-0 semi-final victory over Magic City White from Billings (Mt.) sent SUFC into the title game against the Twin Falls Rapids.

And what a game it was! It was scoreless after 70 minutes, then the two battling teams remained deadlocked after two 10-minute overtimes. Twin Falls finally won 1-0 (5-4) after the sixth round of penalty kicks. It was the second runner-up finish for SUFC U-13 girls in two tournaments this spring. The team next travels to the Avalanche Invitational in Park City, Utah.

Also competing at Idaho Falls were coach Richard Whitelaw's U-13 boys. They lost 3-0 to Extreme U-14, 2-1 to PVSC Crew (goal Yuri McClure) and 6-0 to PVSC Crew. Next up is the President's Cup.

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