Three weeks into the RCL season and several teams are off to good starts, chief among them being the 2002-B boys that have won all four games on the road to open the season.
The 2002-B Sounders boys opened their campaign in U16-D4 league with 2-1 and 3-1 wins at Harbor Premier and WPFC on opening weekend. Kaleb Vakaloloma set up the goals from Trevin Larsen and Josh Hermes in the first game of the campaign as they rallied from a first half deficit. Taylor Leach scored twice - both set up by Korbyn Rider - and Hermes found Brendan Lake for the other in their second win. Centerback Kinkade McMurray and Evan Odberg helped guide the team in the strong performances. Two weeks later they blanked Washington Timbers 7-0 and topped PacNW 4-2.
Also winning their first two games were the 2001-B boys. Playing at home they topped Kitsap Alliance 2-1 and Crossfire Premier 3-2 in U17-D3 play. Hayden Cote and Evan Mayher scored in the first win with Mayher scoring two more times in a back-and-forth affair with Crossfire, which rallied from two down before Mayher converted a penalty for the win. Tommy Ray scored the other goal. The 2001-A side is looking to rebound from a narrow season-opening loss, 3-2, to PacNW when they hit the road this weekend in U17-D1 play.
Among the younger boys teams, the 2005-A side won twice on the road in their first weekend of action, downing Crossfire Premier 7-2 and Kitsap Alliance 9-5 in U13-D1 play. The 2005-B boys found similar success in U13-D3 away from home with 3-0 and 5-2 wins against Washington Rush and Eastside FC in their first opening weekend before falling 3-1 last week at home to FWFC.
The U13s on the girls side are off to great starts as well. In U13-D2 the 2005A ladies are 2-0-1. They won on the road with two goals each from Lizzy and Tess in a 6-0 victory over WPFC in their opener. The pair also scored the following day at GS Surf for a 3-1 win. Tess also scored a key equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home last week against Eastside FC. Peyton Dixon has played all three games in goal for them. Though the 2005-B girls dropped their first on the road 3-0 to Blackhills, they rebounded immediately the next day with a 2-0 win over Snohomish and romped in a 1-0 win against Crossfire Premier last week.
The 2004-B ladies opened with a pair of draws in U14-D3, posting a 1-1 result on the road against Washington Rush and then returning home for a scoreless stalemate with WPFC. Their 2004-A counterparts in U14-D1 rebounded this past week with a 3-1 win against Eastside Reign Academy after a pair of losses two weeks prior on opening weekend.
The U14-D1 2004-A boys will return to action this weekend with a lone draw - a scoreless affair versus Northwest United two weeks ago - on their ledger while the 2004-B side is 1-1-0 with a split against Blackhills FC the first two weeks of the season.
The 2003-A boys opened their campaign last week with a 3-1 win against visiting Crossfire Yakima while the 2003-B are looking for their first win after dropping their first four, three of them on the road. Similarly, the 2002-A side is hoping to rebound this weekend from two road losses on a season opening road trip two weeks ago.
As for the older boys, the 1999-A lads won their season opener two weeks ago against GS Surf in U19-D1 action and return to play this week with a two-game trip. The 1999-B gents have split thus far with a 3-2 win against Washington Timbers and a narrow 4-3 loss to PacNW. Mitch Ward has accounted for three of the goals, including the first two in the win against the TImbers. Adam Nevdahl set up two goals in the second game as Josh Garbui and Ward erased a two-goal deficit only to ultimately come up short.
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