Saturday, June 18, 2022
After a tremendously successful spring campaign in the Girls Academy, the Spokane Sounders are thrilled to announce that five of its six sides are headed to Oceanside, CA for the GA National Playoffs – the most of any club in the 15 member Northwest Conference that features teams from Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
The five teams headed to the event mark a monumental moment for the club at the national stage in what is the leading youth development platform for girls soccer. The club has long been a leader in the northwest region, but sending the highest number of teams from competition also featuring California clubs marks a new high.
“This is an amazing achievement by all these young players,” said Girls Director of Coaching Kevin Moon. “To have accomplished what they have done program-wide is a testament to all of the hard work the players and the coaches have put in over the years to make the Spokane Sounders not only the best club in the area, but a top developmental program in the northwest as well.”
Three of the five were automatic qualifiers with two more advancing as wild cards, which were determined on a national basis from all league and non-league results from other GA events. California club Lamorinda was second with four entrants qualifying while fellow northwest side OL Reign Academy (Seattle) is sending three, as is Palo Alto SC. The club nearly saw all six qualify, but the G2003/04 squad (13-3-1, fourth in conference) narrowly missed the cut for the smaller U19 playoff bracket. Other northwest region clubs sending teams are ISC Gunners (one) of Issaquah and the Oregon duo of Washington Timbers (two) and Bridge City (one).
Spokane Sounders – Girls Academy National Playoff Qualifiers
G2009 (U13) – First in Conference (15-1-0)
G2008 (U14) – Second in Conference (12-4-1)
G2007 (U15) – Fourth in Conference (11-3-3) – WC
G2006 (U16) – Fifth in Conference (9-4-4) – WC
G2005 (U17) – Second in Conference (12-3-2)
[WC denotes Wild Card, determined nationally]
Set to begin June 22, the five teams will face a wide array of opponents from around the nation. The U13 bracket will crown a GA National Champion at the event June 27 with the Final Four from the other four brackets advancing to the GA National Finals event in Missouri July 7-10.
Among the entire Northwest Conference results, Spokane ranked second overall in points per game for the accumulated six teams. The overall record for the club in conference was 69-20-13 (2.157 PPG), ranking only slightly behind Lamorinda SC (2.349 PPG) as the only two above the two points per game mark. FC Bay Area was third at 1.962 with OL Reign (1.853) and Washington Timbers (1.731) rounding out the top five. The Spokane Sounders were the only club to see all six teams finish within the top five of their respective tables on the season, ranking on average finish (3.00) only behind Lamorinda (2.83), which was top three aside from one team finishing eighth.
Conference Overall Club Records (W-L-D, PPG)
Lamorinda SC 82-21-3, 2.349
Spokane Sounders 69-20-13, 2.157
FC Bay Area Surf 68-35-2, 1.962
OL Reign Academy 61-35-6, 1.853
Washington Timbers 59-39-10, 1.731
Clovis Crossfire 61-39-14, 1.728
Palo Alto SC 60-40-14, 1.702
San Francisco Elite Academy 43-53-11, 1.308
West Coast Soccer 44-54-13, 1.306
ISC Gunners 34-54-14, 1.137
Santa Clara Sporting 35-61-12, 1.083
Eastern WA Surf 33-58-11, 1.078
Eugene Timbers 28-60-14, 0.961
Santa Cruz Breakers Academy 29-75-10, 0.851
Bridge City Soccer Academy 19-78-9, 0.623