RCL Winter Update & More (Feb)

 

Here is a round-up of February's action around the RCL as the Winter leagues head into the final month of the campaign. In tournament play, a few teams travelled down to Las Vegas to play in the Mayor's Cup college identification event. 

Sounders G98-A
A three-game homestand helped the ladies roll off three victories in February for a four-game win streak in the Division 1 flight. They blanked Three Rivers, 2-0, topped Crossfire Premier, 2-1, and dominated Harbor Premier 8-0. 

Sounders G99-A
A strong defensive effort served the ladies well while on the road in February. They played to a 1-1 draw at Eastside and then another draw, a scoreless affair, the following week against Washington Rush before getting a victory the next day, 2-0, at Seattle United to cap the month off in Division 1. 

Sounders G00-A / Sounders G00-B / Sounders G00-C
The A squad fell in its lone contest of the month in Division 1, dropping a narrow 3-2 decision at home against Seattle United. The B squad kept its unbeaten start to the Division 3 slate going with a 5-2 win at Snohomish at the start of the month and a 2-2 draw at home against Blackhills FC on the final weekend. Things started well for the C squad with a pair of positive road results, going scoreless against Blackhills in a stalemate and then playing GS Surf to a 1-1 road draw. The return home was not much help, however, as they fell 2-1 to Northwest United and 2-0 to PacNW. 

The B squad also took part in the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup in February. They went 2-0-1 to win their group before falling, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. The C side went 1-2-0 at the event, finishing third in the group. 

Sounders G01-A / Sounders G01-B / Sounders G01-C
In a light month, the A squad maintained a top spot in Division 1 with a 3-2 home win against WPFC before playing RVS to a 1-1 draw on the road to close out the month. In a competitive top half of the table in Division 3, the B squad finished February unbeaten. They played Blackhills to a 1-1 draw on the road before returning home the next week for a 2-0 win over Northwest United and a 1-0 forfeit by RVS. The C team's defense is still playing well. It finally led to the team's first win in Division 4 as they topped Eastside FC on a trip that saw them fall in a narrow 1-0 decision at Crossfire Yakima the next day. The following week they finished the month with a scoreless draw at Three Rivers before returning home and falling 3-1 to league leader Whatcom the next day. Though they have just one win, the side's defense has allowed just 10 goals in eight games.  

Sounders G02-A / Sounders G02-B / Sounders G02-C 
In Division 1, the A squad is in a tight race with going into the final month, using five wins in February to vault up among the leaders. They won back-to-back at home against Eastside, 2-1, and Washington Rush, 1-0, early in the month. A week later they swept Three Rivers 3-0 and 1-0 away and home. They capped the month with a 1-0 home win against leader PacNW, who they will face in the final game of the campaign on the road. the B and C squads were winless in February with all road games Divisions 3 and 4. They wrap up the final month with a high percentage of home games.

 

Sounders G03-A / Sounders G03-B 
After dropping their first two games of the month in Division 2 play against two of the top three sides, the A squad rebounded with a 5-3 road win against Snohomish United. The B side, meanwhile, finally kicked off play in Division 4, but were unable to get a win in any of their four contests. 

Sounders G04-A / Sounders G04-B
The A squad kicked off the Division 2 Winter campaign with a forfeit victory courtesy of the Washington Rush before falling 1-0 to Harbor Premier. They rebounded with an even three-day weekend on the road with a 2-0 win at Three Rivers, 1-0 loss to Seattle United and a 1-1 draw versus NorthWest United. The B squad also began their Winter campaign in Division 3 with a 1-1-1 mark. They played Kitsap to a scoreless stalemate at home before going on the road. They fell to FWFC before rebounding for a 1-0 win at Snohomish United in the final weekend of the month. 

Sounders B03-A / Sounders B03-B 
The A squad dropped their lone game of the month to Eastside FC in Division 2 and the B squad rebounded from a loss to Whatcom with a 1-1 draw against league leader Crossfire Premier in Division 4. 

Sounders B04-A / Sounders B04-B
Over the course of February a race for the top spot with Crossfire Yakima emerged as the A squad rolled to three shutout wins in Division 1. They topped GS Surf and NorthWest United by the same 1-0 score at home and then won 2-0 at Three Rivers before dropping the final game of the month in Yakima, which now holds a three-point edge. The B squad started things off with a pair of draws in Division 4, playing visiting Washington Rush to a 1-1 draw and then registering a scoreless tie at FWFC. They blasted Blackhills 5-0 in a home win before dropping road results at Washington Rush and WPFC. 

Sounders B98/99 
The U19 boys were in action down at the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup. They swept their group with a dominating 15-1 aggregate scoreline in the opening stage. A narrow 1-0 loss in the semifinals was not the end of the event, though, as the victor was unable to play in the Final and the Sounders (as the better of the two other semifinalists) were invited to the championship game, which was also a narrow 1-0 loss at the hands of Coral Gables Toros. 

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