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The U13 Swoosh boys wrapped up a very successful season together with a second-place finish in the Director's Cup. With three gold medals (Gem State Challenge, Performance Cup, Canyon Rim Classic) and one silver (Director's Cup) and a record of 15-2-6 in their last 23 games, the Swoosh boys are a perfect example that dedication and hard work can turn in positive results. (See story from the Canyon Rim Classic below.)
This team really gelled both on and off the field which fueled their desire to improve both individually and as a team. With the results this Swoosh team put together, combined with the Nike team's recent State Cup championship, a very good argument can be made that the Idaho Rush has the deepest talent group in the state of Idaho in this age group. Congratulations on a successful season boys and keep up the good work.
-- JR Wind
|Swoosh team clinches Canyon Rim Classic in PK shootout|
|The boys U13 Swoosh team kept its momentum going after winning the Performance Cup by taking gold again in May at the Canyon Rim Classic in Twin Falls. After winning their bracket while recording three shutouts, the boys played a good PVSC team in the final. The game went back and forth with PVSC striking first, but towards the end of the first half Manasse Mbuyi equalized with a fantastic goal to bring the score to 1-1. For the next 45 minutes the Swoosh defense continued its strong play in keeping the opponents attack under control sending the match to a penalty shootout. Alex Koehl continued his stellar play in net by saving three kicks from the spot. After goals from TJ Terral, Alend Amedi, Jack Patek and Blake Ririe, the deciding kick came to Jarod Hembree who placed a well struck ball in the corner to seal the win. In the eight matches combined in the tournaments the boys scored 17 goals while only allowing 3 goals and ran their record to 6-0-2 in that span.|