Six Shoreline Area Players in Washington State Soccer Challenge Cup Final

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Story and photos by Wilson Tsoi

This past Sunday March 7, playing as members of the Emerald City Football Club, six soccer players from Shorewood high school and Shorecrest high school participated in the Washington State Youth Soccer (WSYSA) U-17 Challenge Cup Final at Starfire Complex. The players are Jayme Parry, Joe Schober, Asa Redfield and Drew Beland from the 2009 WIAA 3A State Champ Shorecrest high school and Sahil Kahn and Nick Shriner from Shorewood high school.

ECFC 92 White Championship Bid Comes Up Short 2-1 with no Time Left in Regulation

Starfire Complex, Tukwila, Wa. - In contrast to Saturday's unseasonably sunny and cheerful weather, the familiar Pacific Northwest frigid and windy condition was a backdrop for the U-17 Challenge Cup Gold Final showdown as the designated home team ECFC 92 White (Emerald City FC) hosted GRFC 92 Maxey (Greater Rainer) from Sumner.

ECFC 92 White started off with many opportunistic attacks, but Trevor, Jayme, Ryan weren't able to punch one through early in game. The first blood was drawn at 25' mark by GRFC as a free kick from midfield was redirected by an unmarked GRFC forward with his head at right side of ECFC goal and into lower left corner as desperate GK Adam dived unsuccessfully after the ball.

Characteristic of the team, Emerald City immediately answered with a terrific goal as Ryan brought the ball down deep left, crossed to middle, and the unmarked Trevor flew in for a header for an equalizer at 30' mark.
The 1-1 tie would stand from halftime all the way through the final 90th minute of regulation as ECFC's relentless attacks weren't able to convert in to goal and despite having decisive advantage on shot opportunities and possession. 
In the end, ECFC's defensive mishap afforded GRFC the 2-1 victory as a defender headed ball back to GK on a routine play, but unfortunately the ball went over GK and GRFC player tapped the ball into the net for an anticlimatic conclusion for an otherwise successful 2009-10 campaign for ECFC M92 White. 
Photos, top to bottom: Sahil Kahn, Sahil Kahn, Jayme Parry, Joe Schober, Asa Redfield, Nick Shriner, Drew Beland, Drew Beland.


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