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.