FC United '87 soccer team wins regional championship

Mirror staff

Several Federal Way residents earned a trip to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida to play soccer. FC United ‘87 won the United States Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Spokane on Saturday.

The under-16 soccer team includes current Decatur students Ciaran O’Brien, Josh Norwood, Brad Reid and Reymund Mills, along with Bellarmine Prep students Micah Wenzel and Derek Woodworth. The team qualified for the regional tournament by winning the Washington state championship earlier this spring.

The Far West Regional Championships included the champions of 14 state tournaments. FC United ‘87 beat Sereno ‘88 White from Arizona 2-1 in the 16-and-under final game.

O’Brien, the Mirror’s high school soccer player of the year, scored the first goal of the match when he rifled a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal from 30 yards out. FC United ‘87 took a commanding 2-0 advantage in the second half on a goal by Nik Bisagno. Arizona scored their only goal with five minutes left in the match.

With the win, United will head to Orlando for the United States Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 20-25. The tournament will include four regional champions from around the country.

Sirens top Tacoma Majestics, 49-20

For the second year in a row, the Tacoma Majestics couldn’t figure out the Sacramento Sirens. The Sirens rolled over the Majestics, 49-20, Saturday in the opening round of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) playoffs at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner.

Sacramento shutout Tacoma during the opening round of last year’s playoffs, 45-0. The Sirens will face the Corvallis (Ore.) Pride in the Western Conference finals July 10 in California.

Tacoma, the only professional full-contact women’s football team in Washington, finished the season with an 8-1 record. The Majestics’ roster includes three graduates from Thomas Jefferson High School – Serrah and Meling Hayes and Adreanna Campolo.

The IWFL began competition in 2000 and has 21 teams nationwide and more than 700 volunteer players.

The Majestics’ defense, which had been solid all season long, just couldn’t stop the high-powered Sacramento offense. Tacoma had allowed only 61 points in their first eight games of the season, including four shut outs. But the Sirens’ quarterback, Leilani Limary was 12-for-16 for 169 yards and one touchdown. Running back Julie Wicher scored three touchdowns and had 186 total yards.

Tacoma fell behind 22-0 in the first half before scoring for the first time on an impressive 96-yard drive with 1.4 seconds left before halftime. Majestics quarterback Teri Shimoda hit Kim Crow in the corner of the endzone.

Tacoma cut the Sacramento lead to 22-14 on their first drive of the second half on a 39-yard pass to Rachael Gore. But the Sirens answered with three straight touchdowns to put the game away.

Shimoda finished 8-for-12 for 105 yards and Tacoma running back Mugs Loudon carried the ball eight times for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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