The long-awaited part three in the tournament recap series is upon us. In this edition we take a look at the local events that wrapped up the ‘summer season’ in the Inland Northwest: Northwest Cup, River City Challenge and Pend Oreille Cup.
After a heat-cancelled River City Cup, the local sides were finally able to come together at the polo fields in mid-August for the Northwest Cup, and numerous Spokane Sounders sides played well in their home event.
We’ll kick things off on the girls side where it was an all-Sounders showdown in the U10 bracket with the G2013 North Rave ladies prevailing against Valley Rave in the Final. Similarly, the G2011 Valley Shale girls won in a meeting with the G11 Copa Sounders in the U12 Silver bracket Final.
In the U11 brackets, a pair of Sounders sides came close with the G12 South Rave and G12 Valley Rave finishing as runners-up to Boise Thorns teams in the Gold and Silver Finals, respectively.
The two youngest GA squads were in action at the event and came away with titles. The G2010 side downed Three Rivers in the U13 bracket while the G2009 topped FC Spokane in penalties to finish atop at U14.
In the U15 bracket the G2008 RCL ladies came up just short in a 4-3 contest against FC Spokane in the Final, and in another all-Sounders affair the G2007 RCL side bested the G2008 GA squad 2-0 for the U16 title.
Capping off the girls side, the G2007 GA ladies captured the HS U19 Gold bracket title with a 3-1 win over their G2006 GA counterparts while the G2006 RCL squad finished as runners-up in a narrow loss to FC Spokane in the Silver Final.
The HS U19 bracket on the boys side also saw the Sounders prevail with the ECNL HS squad taking the title against EW Surf.
A couple other sides finished as finalists. The B08 ECNL side dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to FME SC Xtreme in the U15 final and the B10 ECNL boys were runners-up to Snohomish in the U13 Final. B10 Valley Shale reached the U13 semifinals.
A few weeks later at the River City Challenge, a few more teams played well.
The B11 Valley Rave side fell in a close 1-0 result in the U12 Gold Final against Othello United.
On the girls side a few teams came away champions. The G11 South Rave swept their way to the U12 Gold title with a 3-0 win against EW Surf to finish things off. In the U11 Gold bracket the G12 South Rave ladies captured the crown with a tourney sweep as well, taking the title in penalties. And to round things out, the G13 Valley Rave dominated matters in the U11 bracket, sweeping the group and rolling to a big win in the championship against Tri-Cities FC.
To cap the summer tourney slate off, a handful of teams headed to North Idaho for the Pend Oreille Cup.
In the U13 Silver bracket the G11 South Rave ladies won their group with a 2-1-0 mark and went on to finish as runners-up in a pair of shootout-only contests for the semifinal and final due to the wildfire smoke.
In the U11 bracket a pair of Sounders sides went unbeaten in group play. The G12 South Rave took first in the bracket while G13 North Rave were runners-up.
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