NW Nationals girls soccer team snares prestigious title

The Mountlake Terrace-based Northwest Nationals 96 Red girls soccer team won the U-13 Super Group last month at the 2010 National Cup IX Finals in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Nationals defeated Ohio Elite SA 1-0 in double overtime in the championship to finish as the division’s only undefeated team (3-0-1).

“Ohio Elite was a very good team, very solid in the back especially, so I was anticipating a close game,” Nationals coach Vadim Tolstolutsky said in a press release. “Fortunately we were persistent enough to get (a goal) at the end of the game.”

In four games the Nationals’ goalkeepers, Sydney Day and Ashley Routh, did not allow a score. En route to the championship the Nationals defeated teams from California (2-0) and New Jersey (1-0), and tied the Ohio Elite (0-0).

The teams particpating in the National Cup qualified by winning regional tournaments around the country.

The title game, played in 95-degree weather, was scoreless through regulation and the first overtime. With two minutes remaining in the second overtime, the Ohio goalkeeper failed to corral a cross from the right side by Routh, who was playing forward. The Nationals’ Allison Lorraine pounced on the loose ball and pounded it into the back of the net.

The Nationals’ defense then blunted Ohio’s scoring chances over the final two minutes.

“This is the first national championship for our club, so it was nice to be a part of it,” Tolstolutsky said in the statement. “It means a lot to be a part of such a high-caliber tournament. I am very proud of our girls and honored to coach such a great group of young ladies that never quit.”

In addition to Day, Routh and Lorraine, members of team included Kailee Madden, Kaytlin Willis, Siena Helland, Anisa Uberuaga, Baylie Lowry, MacKenzie Parry, Elizabeth Hornsey, Julia Banfi, Arendje Louter, Beth Stella, Rylee Peterson Margaret Steiner and Hailey Hull.

Rush Swoosh soccer team captures Legacy Cup

The Washington Rush Swoosh U-12 girls soccer team won its division at the Diadora Legacy Cup tournament Aug. 1 in Marysville.

The Washington Rush Swoosh, a squad made up of players from Everett and Lake Stevens, defeated the Northwest Nationals White team 4-0 in the championship contest.

Members of the Washington Rush Swoosh included Reagan Hupp, Kirsten Phillips, Elise Hastings, Maddie McDonald, Kia Mackey, Clare Henry, Kaitie Jones, Celynne Pope, Natalie Alvarado, Riley O’Toole, Nicole Piercy, Michelle Egilsrud, Talia Daigal and Mika Silver.

The team was coached by Gary Riozzi.

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