The first day video report features player Maddie Schultz and coach Jim Thomas.
Day Six - Championship Sunday
After a great season in Washington this past year, the GU14s took their show on the road this week in Phoenix. Sadly they came up just short in today's final. The narrow 1-0 defeat in the final ended the dreams of a trip to South Carolina for our girls. They have much to be proud of in their efforts this week, including being the only girl's team in Washington to reach a Regional Final this year. Congratulations to the girls, the coaching staff, families and NWN staff who made this a week to remember for these girls. Below, you can watch a youtube video of previous highlights.
Day Five - SemiFinals
A great run by our GU12s comes up just short as they are eliminated in today’s semi-finals. It simply wasn’t to be this year, as the GU12s bowed out in a 1-0 loss in the semi-finals. Congratulations on a great run!
Speaking of great runs, Sunday brings the big one for the GU14s as they will take on Beach FC from Southern California in the Regional Final at 9:30am (MST). After winning their group, the GU14s dispatched Colorado’s Pride Predators in Friday’s Quaterfinal, before casting aside Carlsbad Elite from Southern California in the semis by a final of 2-0. Coming into the match, Carlsbad had been 3-0 in group play with a 12-0 goal differential, and a 3-0 quarterfinal win to put up pretty impressive numbers. However, it was NWN who triumphed on the day with the 2-0 victory to set up the showdown Sunday morning.
Day Four - Quarterfinals
Just concluded at 11:15am on Friday, the GU14s after being tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime, won in Pks 5-4 to advance to the semi-finals. GU12s won 2-0 earlier in the morning to advance to their semi-finals. The great run for the GU15s came to an end with their loss in the quarterfinals.
Saturday’s semi-finals will be at 10:00am (MST) for the GU12s as they take on La Roca Premier (UT). For the GU14s, they also play at 10:00am (MST) against today’s winner of Carlsbad Elite and San Diego SC.
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Great day on Wednesday as all three NWN teams advance to quarterfinal play, which will take place on Friday. Northwest Nationals is one of four clubs representing Washington State at regionals, and is the only club to have a 100% success rate of moving teams onto the regional quarterfinals.
The U15 team defeated the Northern California champions 1-0 and ended pool play with a 3-0 record and at the top of its pool.
The U14 team recovered from a loss yesterday and defeated the Northern California champions 3-1, and are at the top of their pool with a 2-1 record.
The U12 team recovered from a loss yesterday and defeated the Arizona champions 3-0, and took second in their pool with a 2-1 record.
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DAY TWO AT REGIONALS IS A MIXED BAG
G96 Sailing High Into Quarters: Even with one game in group play remaining, the G96 girls are assured a spot in the quarterfinal round. Arendje Louter scored twice and Lenae George tallied another for a 3-1 win over Oregon Rush. Tomorrow’s competition against the NorCal champs (Bay Oaks) will determine which team will advance to the quarterfinals regardless of outcome. GotSoccer has the Bay Oaks ranked as #16 nationally and both teams will want to win the group in order to play the second place team from pool C. The game kicks off at 9:00am at Reach Park in Scottsdale.
G97: Facing GotSoccer’s #10 ranked FC Legends (SoCal) the G97 girls lost a close game 0-1. An own goal marred an otherwise hard fought game and the team pressed late in an attempt to equalize but lacked the quality in the final delivery. Tomorrow’s must win game bring another highly ranked opponent. GotSoccer has the Orchard Valley Heat nationally ranked just behind the FC Legends at #11. Kickoff is at 7:00 am at Scottsdale Sports Park.
G99: The G98 team lost 0-4 to the team that GotSoccer ranked #2 in the USA. FC Legends presented a pressing team that had some special attacking weapons. Despite the loss, the NWN G99 team can advance to the quarterfinals with a tie or win tomorrow against the Arizona state champion San Tan Legacy.
Good luck to all teams tomorrow!
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NWN Teams Perfect in First Round at Regionals
Fighting temperatures at the century mark and the state champions from Idaho, California, and Utah, Northwest Nationals enjoyed a successful opening day.
At the opening whistle of the 7:00 am match at Reach Soccer Park in Scottsdale (AZ) the temperature was 900. Scott Newman’s GU96 team opened the tournament versus La Roca (UT). In the first half, Anisa Uberuaga assisted to Arendje Louter who put NWN up 1-0. By half time the temperature climbed to 950. Credit La Roca for fighting back and threatening the National’s goal. Keeper Sydney Day made several key saves to help turn the momentum and the team created counter attacks that pressed La Roca back. As the whistle ended the game, the mercury had pushed up to 1000.
Over at Scottsdale Sports Complex, the 9:00 am kickoffs featured the 97 team coached by Jim Thomas against Coeur D’Alene Sting and Eugene Poublon’s 99s facing the San Jose Fusion. The 97s were in control of the match throughout and gained the 2-0 victory on goals by Maddie Schultz and Ashley Fonsen. The 99s got on top early with a goal from Erin Ripple and never stopped threatening the Fusion goal with goals from Aly Monroe, Malia Pivec and Sophie Hirst to win the game 4-1.
After a great start to the tournament the teams face great competition tomorrow, and finish bracket play on Wednesday. Check back for daily updates. Good luck Nationals!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Scottsdale Sports Complex
7:00 am NWN G99 vs Legends FC (Cal South)
Reach Sports Complex
9:00 am NWN G96 vs Oregon Rush
NWN G97 vs Legends FC (Cal South)