The year 2016 is off to a great start for Shadow youth sides. Two boys teams have qualified for the quarterfinals in the State Championship and President's Cup tournaments with a third on the cusp of advancing to the knockout stage (semifinals) as well. Meanwhile, in RCL play, quite a few teams are off to successful starts in the early portions of their campaigns.
The U15s advanced to the State Cup quarterfinals, winning two of their four matches to earn a wild card berth, but the U16s came up short with just one win in three outings in group play. The B00-A side hits the road Saturday to face Seattle United in their quarterfinal contest.
In the President's Cup, it looks as both sides will advance. The U17s moved on with a 2-0-1 record in group play to earn a quarterfinal berth while the U19s are on the verge of a semifinal spot with one game to play, holding a nine-point advantage over the third-place side - their final opponent Saturday - in their group after three wins in three outings. B98-A travels to play Blackhills FC Saturday while B97-A plays host to Nortac Colibri (DMC, 2:00) in their final group game.
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The U19A squad is one of the four unbeatens in the top division, earning a win and a draw in January. After four games, the U19B squad is also off to a great start in the Division 3 league at 3-0-1. After a lengthy break, they returned to play last weekend with a 4-0 win and a scoreless draw on the road. The U17A side is perfect through five games in the top flight, posting four wins in January by a combined 7-0 scoreline to keep their defensive record unblemished.
The Shadow U16 sides are also off to positive starts. The A squad is 4-1-0 in Division 2 three wins in four games last month. In Division 4, the B team stumbled recently with a three-game winless run (0-2-1) after opening with three victories. On Saturday, though, the team returned to form with a 3-1 road win over mid-table Washington Rush.
In the U15 leagues, the A team got off to a slow start with a pair of December losses in Division I, but are unbeaten in the last three in January (2-0-1). The B squad, meanwhile, has won four out of five in Division 3 with the lone loss to unbeaten league leader WPFC.
In the younger Winter Leagues, the two U14 sides are off to 1-1-0 starts in the young campaign in Division I and 3. The U13s have played one game each with the A squad winning it's Division 2 opener and the B team falling in its first Division 5 game. The U12A side is 1-1-1 in Division 3 and the U12B squad is unbeaten at 1-0-2 after three games in Division 4.
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In the Winter boys leagues, The U13A team in unbeaten after three games (2-0-1) in Division 2. The rest are just getting under way with the U14A squad yet to kick off in Division 1 play and the U14B squad falling in its Division 4 debut last weekend. The U12A team also lost in its first outing last weekend.