The 2009 Rainier Challenge, sponsored by the Washington Premier Football Club in Puyallup, was the first summer tournament for many of Shadow’s premier teams. Having completed tryouts less than one month earlier and a handful of team practices, this tournament provided a great learning experience for all of our teams – several had never played outside of Eastern Washington and all have welcomed players new to Shadow soccer.
Kudos to our Shadow 96 GU13 Navy and Shadow 95 GU14 Navy teams who were undefeated in the tournament, but due to point differential, did not advance to the finals. And, congratulations to our Shadow 97 GU12 Navy team who, in their first tournament outside of Spokane, won their division! They won 2 out of 3 games in group play and beat Crossfire Premier 2-0 for the championship!