Four teams bring home Director's Cup titles

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Directors Cup 2012
May 11-13  *  Boise, Idaho
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     Four Idaho Rush teams came away with titles at the annual IYSA Director's Cup and another eleven teams took runners-up honors, including four teams from the Select program. Rush teams were especially strong in the youngest age groups, promising a bright future for the club. Rush teams won titles in the U10 age groups in both boys and girls, and they duplicated the feat at the U12 age group. On the boys side, Rush teams won or came second in every age group from U10 through U15, while girls teams finished in the top two spots in the U10 through U12 age groups.

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Girls U10 Elite Academy-White U10 Girls Silver Division  CHAMPIONS
     It was an all-Rush affair in the final of the Silver Division as both Rush Academy teams -- made up of players from the Select program -- reached the championship game undefeated and untied. Both teams were coached by Josh Lane, who had his hands full coaching both Aacdemy teams simultaneously. The White team rolled through pool play, outscoring their opponents 10-1, including wins over Nova, Nampa Select and Sawtooth United.  Their closest game of the tournament was a 2-1 win over the other Rush Academy team in the final. The Elite Academy teams were formed with players from the Select program who had trained together weekly during the regular season before being split into two equal teams for Director's Cup. 
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Boys U10 Pink Flowers  U10 Boys Silver East Division  CHAMPIONS 
     The surprise of the tournament had to be the success of the Select program's Pink Flowers coached by Steve Bowes. Pink Flowers had gone undefeated through the Select spring season before being upset in the Select Classic final by Hurricanes, so the boys had redemption on their mind. they opened their Director's Cup run with a 7-1 whitewashing of Nova, followed by wins over Nova and the Rush Elite Academy team. They capped their undefeated run through the tourament with a 3-0 win over Twin Falls Rapids.
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Girls U12-Grey  U12 Girls Silver East Division  CHAMPIONS 
     The girls started with three straight wins to open the tournament then held their breath during a fourth-game loss before nailing down the title. They started strong with a 4-0 win over Real Boise, a 2-0 win over Twin Falls Rapids and a 2-1 win over PVSC United. But a 3-0 loss in the team's final game put them on pins and needles on whether the medals would be gold or silver. Rivals PVSC United could manage only a tie against Real Boise, sending Idaho Rush to the winner's circle.
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Boys U12-Black U12 Boys Silver West Division CHAMPIONS
     The boys used a string a strong defensive efforts to complete the tournament undefeated and untied, allowing only two goals in four games. The run started well with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Crossfire. The boys followed that up with a 2-1 win over Mountain Home before claiming top honors with wins over PVSC United (4-1) and Fury (2-0) on Sunday. 
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FINALISTS
Girls U10 Elite Academy-Blue  U10 Girls Silver Division 
Boys U10 Idaho Rush  U10 Boys Gold Division 
Boys U10 Hurricanes (Select)  U10 Boys Silver West Division 
Girls U11-White  U11 Girls Silver East Division 
Girls U11-Grey  U11 Girls Silver West Division 
Boys U11-White  U11 Boys Gold Division 
Girls U12-Blue  U12 Girls Silver West Division 
Boys U12-Blue  U12 Boys Gold Division 
Boys U13 Swoosh  U13 Boys Gold Division 
Boys U14 Swoosh U14 Boys Gold Division
Boys U15 Swoosh  U15/U16 Boys Division 


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