Far West Regional League Play Comes To Boise
Last weekend Idaho Youth Soccer Association hosted the Far West Regional League Northern Division at Simplot Soccer Complex in Boise. It was a weekend full of highly competitive soccer, with teams from Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
The teams from Idaho played exceptionally well with a combined eight wins and three losses when playing against out of state teams. Several Idaho teams went head to head which resulted in a win and loss for Idaho in the same game.
“Playing with the Far West Regional League is great because we get to travel and play teams that we wouldn’t normally play and it gives us opportunities to grow competitively as a team,” said U17 Boise Nationals Premier player Jenny DeBoer, whose team won it’s only game on the weekend. Bailey Watson scored all three goals for BNSC in a 3-1 victory over CDA Sting.
The U16 boys Rush Premiers’ victories against the Eastside Timbers and Westside Timbers bumped them up to second place in their overall standings. Head Coach Lee Riley was very pleased with his team’s performance and said that his defense was “mentally strong and resilient.” Riley went on to say, “The goal difference in the games was not very large, so the competition was very tight.”
The U16 girls Boise Nationals Italia dominated this weekend, with a couple of great wins that resulted in 10 goals and two shutouts. The team’s leading scorers were Sierra Smith (3), Sydney Sandburg (2), and Karli Stone (1).
“The offense in general did very well,” said Boise Nationals Italia U16 girls coach Mary Trigg. “My players had such a great sense of pride and excitement playing on their home field and having other teams travel to Boise to play.”
The Northern Division of the FWRL is comprised of the top two teams from Idaho and Oregon, and the top four teams from Washington. The top team from Wyoming, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii may also enter the league. Games are typically held over several weekends in Boise, Seattle and Portland. Regional League play returns to Boise on March 28-30.
“Overall there was great physical play this weekend, even through the rain and darkness in the morning, due to daylight savings,” said Idaho Youth Soccer State Registrar Verna Weiss. “We are looking forward to having teams back again in a few weeks.”