Friday, October 19, 2012

SUFC U-12 boys capture Gem State honor

First place in Boise


Celebrating its Gem State tournament championship last weekend in Boise is the Sawtooth United F.C. U-12 boys’ team, front row, from left, Fletcher Stumph, Peter Morawitz, Chris Davitt, Mario Macias, William McGonigal and Teagan McElvoy and, second row, from left, Cole Reeves, Lucas Beste, Wyatt Minor, Jake Albright, Colton Donovan and Jack Keating. Coaches in back, from left, are Trent Stumph and Werner Morawitz. Courtesy photo


The U-12 boys earned the Silver Bracket championship with three wins by a combined 10-1 score—including Sunday’s 3-0 championship game victory over FC Nova Cruyff. SUFC also won 4-0 over Idaho Rush and 2-0 over Twin Falls Rapids.

Leading the strong defense were Jack Keating, Chris Davitt, Jake Albright and Teagen McAvoy. Mario Macias showed scoring abilities and control of the ball distribution. The sure-handed goalkeeper was Will McGonigal.

Other teams:

( U-12 girls: Played four challenging and close games. SUFC won twice in pool play Saturday 2-1 over Crossfire Parma and 4-3 over McCall Avalanche. SUFC tenaciously won Sunday’s semi-final 2-0 over Twin Falls Rapids. The Wood River Valley girls settled for second place in a 3-1 title game loss to the Soccer Xpress Heat that featured 50 minutes of back-and-forth play.

Among highlights: Stellar efforts by goalkeepers Audra Mary, Allie Evans, Denali Stevens and Katherine Estep; goals scored by Payton Bacca and Lily Brunelle; assists by Annie Kaminski and Eliza Marks; and fine all-around play from Raine Filbert, Giselle Harmon, Kaia Jensen, Anika Lyon, Jenna Nurge and Ella Wolter.

( U-11 boys: Third place including a 4-1 win and 0-0 tie.

( U-11 girls: Four hard-fought games in the Silver Bracket for the 17-player team. Noteworthy was goalkeeping by Samantha Brunker, Sophia Sturgeon and Alli Rathfon. Team captains Chloe Tanous, Anja Jensen and Alli Rathfon led the team with determined and aggressive playing.

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