Midway through the State Cup and President's Cup championships several Shadow teams are still in the hunt for a title. While some teams will be finishing up their group action this weekend, six sides will be heading into knockout play, including a pair of President's Cup Final Four trips to Starfire.
The G03-A ladies and the B03-A boys will, coincidentally, both take on PacNW in the U12 Division 1 President's Cup semifinals on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the G00-B girls will travel also travel to Starfire to play PacNW, but in a quarterfinal contest on Sunday in the U15 Division 1 bracket. In the U16 Division 2 tournament, the G99-B squad will visit Kent United in another quarterfinal tilt on Sunday.
While several other teams conclude group play in State Cup the G00-A ladies will visit Crossfire Premier in the U15 quarterfinal match on Sunday. The G97-A and G98-A teams have already clinched State Cup semifinal berths for the following weekend in the U18 and U17 tournaments.
ROUND-UP :: GIRLS
The G97-A ladies opened the U18 tournament with a pair of home shutout wins, blanking Three Rivers 2-0 and PacNW 1-0. They then downed FWFC 2-0 on the road to ensure a spot in the Final Four (May 7-8) with a group game still to go.
In the U17 bracket, the G98-A side lost in the opener 2-1 at home before rebounding for a 4-1 road win at Crossfire Premier and playing to a 2-2 draw against leader PacNW. They face Seattle United on the road Sunday with hopes of a semifinal berth on the line.
A 1-0 road loss to FC Alliance put the G99-A side on bad footing to start the U16 tournament and saw the hole grow with a 3-0 loss at Crossfire Premier the following day. The run came to a close with a 2-0 loss at home to NWN.
The G00-A ladies also suffered a narrow 1-0 loss on the road in their U15 opener, dropping the contest to PacNW. They rebounded, though, the next day with a 4-0 win at Harbor Premier and secured a quarterfinal contest against Crossfire Premier (May 1) with a 4-0 win against Three Rivers.
Sitting in a good position to advance to the semifinals in the U14 bracket are the G01-A girls, who played visiting Washington Rush to a scoreless draw in their opener and a week later edged host Snohomish United 2-1. They fell 2-1 at home to close up their tournament run.
The G99-B ladies kicked off the U16 Division 2 bracket with a 6-0 victory against PacNW. They then blanked Seattle United 3-0 before falling to Kent United 2-0, but advanced as a wild card to the quarterfinals this Sunday, where they will travel to Kent United once again.
In the U15 Division 1 tournament the G00-B side started things off with a 1-1 draw at home against Whatcom before blasting NWN 7-0. They finished group play with a 2-0 loss at WPFC, but earned a wildcard berth to the quarterfinals, sending them to PacNW Sunday. Meanwhile, in the Division 2 bracket, G00-C rebounded from a 7-0 opening loss at MIFC with a 2-2 draw at Blackhills FC and a scoreless stalemate with Seattle United to cap off their tournament.
The G01-B girls started the Division 2 U14 tournament with a 1-1 draw at Washington Rush before falling the next day, 3-0, to Kent United. They wrapped things up with a 4-0 win against FC Alliance, but it was not enough to earn a wild card.
The G02-A side won their group to advance to the U13 Division 1 quarterfinals. They drubbed Washington Rush 6-0 to kick things off and narrowly lost 2-1 to PacNW in their second outing. They advanced with a 2-0 win over visiting Seattle United in their final game. In the quarterfinals, they played to a 1-1 stalemate with Blackhills, but dropped the tiebreaker shootout 3-2, ending their tournament run. In Division 2, the G02-B side fell in all three outings.
In the U12 Division 1 tournament the G03-A team opened with a 1-1 road draw at PacNW and fell 1-0 a day later to WPFC. Needing a big win in their final game, they did just that, besting NWN 8-0 to finish second and advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarters they downed visiting Harbor Premier 3-1, sending them to the Final Four this weekend at Starfire. In the Division 2 bracket, the G03-B side capped their group play off with a 6-0 win over Snohomish United after falling in their first two games. They then knocked out Washington Rush on the road 2-1 in the quarterfinals to advance to Starfire this weekend for the Final Four.
The G04-Solo girls played to a 1-1 draw against Harbor Premier, but dropped their other three matches in the U11 Division 2 tournament.
ROUND-UP :: BOYS
The B02-A side opened the U13 State Cup tourney with a narrow 4-3 loss on the road against PacNW, but rebounded a day later at home with a 2-1 win over FC Alliance. They then played a 1-1 draw against Seattle United on the road and wrapped things up with a 4-2 win against visiting NWN, coming up three points shy of a semifinal berth.
The B01-A team lost its U14 State Cup opener 5-1 on the road against PacNW and lost again the following day, 3-0, at Eastside FC. They capped group play with a 2-0 home win against Snohomish United to snare a wild card into the quarterfinals via tiebreaker over Snohomish. The side fell 2-0 to Crossfire Premier on the road in the quarterfinals.
The B01-B side finished second in their U14 Division 2 group to advance to the quarterfinals, posting three wins, beating Harbor Premier, Whatcom and FWFC before suffering a loss to group-winner Kent United in the final game of group play. They advanced to the quarterfinals, but were knocked out of the tournament in a 3-1 loss by Three Rivers.
In the U12 Division 1 tournament the Shadow B03-A side blanked FC Alliance and downed Three Rivers before playing to a scoreless draw against Eastside FC. They drubbed visiting FWFC 6-1 in the quarterfinals, sending them to Starfire for the Final Four this weekend.
The B04-Dempsey boys lost to group-winner Eastside FC to open things up, but rebounded with a 2-1 win at Washington Rush. A close 3-2 loss at Three Rivers and a 4-4 draw against visiting WPFC left them shy of the wild card spot in the quarterfinals of the U11 Division 2 tournament.