Woodburn teams compete in regional championship
Two Woodburn-area youth boys soccer teams qualified to compete in a pair of regional championship tournaments hosted by U.S. Youth Soccer in Norco, California on June 11-16.
The State Cup Champion 4-H Elite 12U boys soccer team, which is coached by Joel Estrada and Ben Gonzalez and features athletes from Woodburn, Gervais and Salem, took part in the 2019 Far West Regional Championships.
The 13U Cachorros of the Woodburn Futbol Club, coached by Austreberto Delgado, qualified for the 2019 Far West President's Cup, going 10-0 in fall league play in 2018.
4-H ELITE (12U)
The 4-H Elite went 0-2-1 in pool play and were unable to advance out of the preliminary rounds to the quarterfinals.
Elite opened the tournament on a high note, scoring their opening goal of the tournament on a shot by Eduardo Rangel-Salas to take a 1-0 lead over Nevada in the 12th minute.
But the Heat responded with a goal by Chase Stewart in the 22nd minute, sparking a run of seven straight goals over the next 32 minutes.
Gerardo Camacho Alonso ended the streak with a goal in the 56th minute.
Although the contest was Elite's biggest loss of the tournament, they were the only team to score against the Heat, which went on to shut out its other two opponents to finish pool play undefeated.
Game 2 — AC Brea, California 3, 4-H Elite 0
The game opened with a defensive back-and-forth before California's Antonio Villafana broke the shutout with a goal in the 18th minute. Elite continued to stay close, but California dropped back-to-back goals in a five-minute span at the 34-minute mark to put the game out of reach.
Game 3 — 4-H Elite 1, La Roca, Utah 1
Elite's best game of the tournament came on the final day of competition in a 1-1 draw against the team from La Roca, Utah. Like the first game against Nevada, Woodburn scored first, using a strike to the back of the net by Luis Camacho Garcia to go up 1-0 at the 13-minute mark.
La Roca's Patrick Stevenson scored nine minutes later to tie the score, and the remainder of the game was a defensive battle, as neither team yielded.
WOODBURN FC CACHORROS (13U)
Going 1-2-0 in pool play, the Cachorros opened the tournament with a win, but fell in their final two games to finish third in the group, just shy of qualifying for the quarterfinals.
Game 1 — Woodburn FC 2, Black Diamond, Utah 1
It didn't take long for Woodburn to make its mark on the tournament, after Julio Gasca Martinez scored the Cachorros' opening goal of the tournament just one minute into their game against Black Diamond.
Utah's Jackson Perez-Medina knotted the game up in the 39th with a goal of his own, but Martinez returns the favor in the 55th minute, scoring the game winning goal to give Woodburn the 2-1 victory.
Game 2 — Seattle United 5, Woodburn FC 3
Seattle jumped out to their own 1-0 lead in the first two minutes, and bumped their advance to 2-0 before Woodburn's Elisandro Nevarez Lechuga puts the Cachorros on the board in the 15th minute.
Seattle immediately followed up with an answer to make it a 3-1 game, and extended their advantage to 4-1 before the first 20 minutes were up.
Alexis Lopez Ibarra cut into the lead with a goal in the 29th minute. Seattle scores again three minutes later, but Ibarra answered again to make it a 5-3 game.
Game 3 — San Jose 5, Woodburn FC 2
San Jose went up 2-0 before Woodburn got on the board, using a 20th-minute goal from Geovanny Carreon to cut their deficit in half.
The two teams trade goals, with San Jose going up 3-1 before Ibarra scored in in the 34th minute to pull his team back to within 3-2. But San Jose dropped a pair of late goals to put the game out of reach and take the 5-2 win.