The temperatures have dipped significantly and the white stuff is looming, but the game goes on and so do the Spokane Sounders. Since our last update a month ago, it has been a great fall campaign by the 16 Sounders sides in action with 12 teams posting even or winning records, including six that went unbeaten.
The 99-A side went 2-2-0 over the past month with wins over Three Rivers (1-0) and Washington Timbers (3-1) and narrow one-goal losses on the road to Eastside FC (1-2) and Seattle United (3-4). The side is currently 3-3-0 at the midway point of the U19-D1 season. The 99-B side went 1-3 in the past four weeks, dropping all three matches on the road to Harbor Premier, PacNW and WPFC while defeating the same WPFC side at home 4-1. At the halfway point of their U19-D3 season the team is 2-4-0.
The 01-A side started the past month off well with a 3-0-1 run, winning at GS Surf 2-1 before a three-game homestand in which they topped Washington Rush (3-2), Crossfire Premier (1-0) and tied Seattle United (2-2). The last three on the road, however, have been losses at WPFC, Eastside FC and Crossfire Premier for a 3-4-1 record just past the midway point in U17-D1.
The 01-B team is 5-3-1 in U17-D3 after an up-and-down four weeks. It started with a scoreless draw at Seattle United and a 0-4 loss at Crossfire Premier, but was followed by a 3-1 win against WPFC in which a pair of penalties off handballs helped build a commanding lead in a game that saw Tommy Ray, Evan Mayher and Mike Torre score. They then hit the road for four games. They dropped a narrow 1-0 result at Kitsap before rebounding the following day with a 3-1 win at GS Surf on a trip in which they had one sub available. After allowing an opening minute goal Ray tallied the equalizer two minutes later and set up the second of two Oscar Olvera goals in the second half. The pattern was the same the following week with a loss at Whatcom the first day followed by a win the second. Another first minute goal put them behind, but Cole Stewart, Isaac Royal and Eric Smart scored with Mayher tallying a pair of assists. The team now has four of five games at home for the remainder of their season.
The 02-A side went unbeaten the past month to improve its record to 4-2-1 in U16-D1. The streak started with a 3-0 win at home against GS Surf. The following week they won 1-0 at Seattle United. They returned home for a pair of back-to-back wins against WPFC (3-1) and PacNW (3-0) before playing to a 1-1 draw last week against visiting Seattle United.
The 02-Bs remain unbeaten in U16-D4 at 8-0-2, posting a 4-0-2 mark over the past month. They kicked off October with three consecutive shutout wins at home against Crossfire Premier (2-0), Washington Timbers (6-0) and WPFC (2-0). A trip to Eastside saw them drop their first points in a 1-1 draw in which Kaleb Vakaloloma scored off a follow-up chance from a Trevin Larsen free kick in the 25th minute. Last weekend they topped PacNW 4-1 and tied WPFC 2-2 at the Shadow Soccer Complex. Taylor Leach has quite the weekend, scoring the first two against PacNW in the opening 16 minutes. Devin McGowan set up the second and then scored the third via Dawson Todd, who then scored the fourth. Despite suffering an ankle injury the previous day, Leach again scored twice against WPFC, making lengthy runs from midfield on both tallies.
The 03-A lads are still perfect in U15-D3 through five games. They opened the month with road wins at PacNW (5-0) and Harbor Premier (4-1) and won two more at home last week, downing PacNW (3-0) and Seattle United (3-1). The story has been the exact opposite for the 03-B side, which picked up its first point of the season last weekend with a 1-1 draw against STU Chelsea Academy. It is part of a quickly improving side that has gone from big early season losses on the road to close contests at home. STU Chelsea Academy had previously beaten them 7-0 and Kent United, who they narrowly lost to the prior game 1-0, won the season opening meeting 8-0. They hit the road for two more this weekend before finishing up with four at home in November.
A 3-1-1 record over the past four weeks in U14-D1 has the 04-A side 3-1-2 in the league a third of the way into the season. The month started with a 3-1 win at home before four consecutive games on the road. The first trip saw them fall 1-0 at Northwest United and tie 1-1 against GS Surf. The second trip, though, was much better with wins at Blackhills (5-3) and WPFC (3-0). The 04-B team went 2-2-0 in the past month, suffering a pair of losses in the first two weeks at PacNW and against Crossfire Yakima. After a week off they rebounded with a pair of big home wins over the two FWFC sides, blanking the FWFC B side 3-0 and their C team 7-0 last week.
It has been a perfect season thus far for the 05-A side in U13-D1 through five games. The team won all three games in the past month handily with a 4-2 home win against WPFC followed by a 7-3 win on the road against the same side a week later. They then hosted Eastside FC in an 11-3 victory. The 05-B team went 1-3-1 over the past month in a series of close contests. It started with a 3-1 loss at Whatcom, but they rebounded the next day for a 3-2 result at Harbor Premier. They lost at home, though, in a narrow 2-1 defeat the following week. Last weekend on the road they played GS Surf to a 2-2 draw before falling the next day to FWFC 3-1 to put them at 3-4-1 at the midway point with six of their next eight games at home.
It has been a quiet month for the 04-A side in U14-D1. In their lone games two weeks ago they split at home, falling 1-0 to GS Surf and then topping Seattle United 1-0. They are 2-3-0 on the young season with a long ways to go. The 04-B side is looking forward to three games at home the next two weeks after spending nearly all of past month on the road. They dropped the first three in U14-D3 this month away from home at Crossfire Premier, Three Rivers and Kitsap Alliance. They did, however, rebound quickly after the last defeat at Kitsap (4-1) for a 2-1 victory the next day against the same opponent. Then last week they played to a 1-1 draw at home against Snohomish United.
Last, but certainly not least, the 05-A and 05-B teams are dominating in U13-D2 and U13-D4 with a nearly unbeaten combined record. The 05-A side is 6-0-4 about two-thirds of the way into the campaign. This month they went 4-0-3, starting things off with a three-game win streak. They won at WPFC (3-1) with a goal and assist from Lizzy while Kaitlyn and George scored the other two. After falling behind the next day Tess scored the equalizer and Lizzy scored her second of the weekend for a 2-1 win at Crossfire. The following weekend Lizzy added another goal and assist in a 4-0 romp at home against GS Surf. Sofia, Katelynn and Abbie tallied the other goals. They played to a scoreless draw the next day against PacNW and went on the road a week later and tied the same PacNW team 1-1 with a goal from Emily in the first half of a game in which the hosts snared the draw four minutes from time. Another scoreless draw the followin day at Harbor Premier kept the unbeaten run going and a throw-in from Lily found Katelynn for the 1-0 game-winner last weekend at Crossfire Premier. The defense, led by goalkeeper Peyton Dixon, allowed just one goal in the last five games and has not allowed more than one goal in any games with five total in 10 games this season.
The unbeaten run for the 05-B team continued through the past month, reaching nine games since suffering a loss in their season opener. They went 5-0-2 over the past four weeks, opening things up with a 5-3 win and 2-2 draw at home agasint the same PacNW side. They then went on the road and blanked Northwest United back-to-back with matching 3-0 wins. They returned home for a 2-1 win against Snohomish United before returning to the road last week for a 5-2 win and 2-2 draw at Washington Rush in back-to-back matches. Five of the remaining eight games are at home.