Northwest United 95 Red wins gold

Caley Powers volleys the ball in the championship game. - Photo courtesy of Kerry Hopper
Caley Powers volleys the ball in the championship game.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Kerry Hopper

Oak Harbor soccer players Caley Powers, Dakota Powers and Gavin Stewart are three of the mainstays on a local select soccer team that won its first tournament of the season.

Out of almost fif50 players who attended tryouts in May for the Burlington-based Northwest United BU-14 Red team, coach Noal Cook chose 17 to place on the roster for the 2009-2010 select soccer season.

Players from Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, Sedro-Woolley and Stanwood were selected as members of the team.

As one of the first orders of business for the season, Cook entered the team in the BU-14 Gold Division at the recent Puget Sound Soccer Academy’s Firecracker Soccer Tournament, held June 19 to 21 in Burlington.

NWU Red played its first game of the tournament against Evergreen FC and won 4-1.

The second goal of the game was a header by Burlington’s Tanner Gates off of a beautiful crossing pass from Oak Harbor’s Caley Powers.

NWU won their second game 4-0 against Black Hills FC, in which Powers had another nice assist on the final goal of the game.

The third preliminary game against Crossfire Premier, had NWU down 0-1 at halftime. The team came back to the pitch on fire after the break, scoring its first goal only 56 seconds into the second half.

At the end of the game, the team scored three goals within a four-minute span, the final one a rocket sent in by Oak Harbor’s Stewart to leave the field with a 4-1 victory.

Cook attributed the success not only to the obvious offensive power displayed by the boys, but also to the fine defense provided by his backfield of Oak Harbor’s Dakota Powers, Mount Vernon’s Guillermo Mogollan and Sedro Woolley’s Kyle Witzel.

As the first-seed team in their pool NWU played the first-seed team in the other pool, their nemesis, Stanwood Legacy, for the Gold Division championship.

The game was a close one from the opening kickoff and the score was tied 1-1 at halftime. In the second period, NWU took the game over with the final goal scored by Caley Powers in the 55th minute.

NWU 95 Red won the championship game 3-1 and retained their title as the Gold Division Champions, having won the BU-13 division in last year’s competition.

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