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Far East soccer tournament capsules

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 16, 2009

Boys Class AA
Dates—May 18-22.
Host—Seoul American High School, South Post, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
Sites—Falcon Field, Seoul American High School, and Chosun Field, South Post, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
Participating teams—Group A, Kubasaki Dragons (2001, 2002 and 2008 champions), Camp Foster, Okinawa; Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan; Guam High Panthers, Asan, Guam. Group B, Christian Academy In Japan Knights (Class A 2002 champions, Class AA 2005 and 2007 champions); Seoul American Falcons, South Post, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea; Yokota Panthers, Yokota Air Base, Japan. Group C, Kadena Panthers, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa (1999, 2003, 2004 and 2006 champions); Zama American Trojans, Camp Zama, Japan; Hong Kong International Dragons.

Returning All-Far East players—Leo Kobayashi (three-time selection), Christian Academy In Japan; Stanley Schrock (two-time selection, Kadena; Rimar West, Kubasaki; David Krievs (with Kubasaki), Nile C. Kinnick.

Format—Single round-robin, three pools of three teams each, teams play each other once first day, then three matches against out-of-pool teams second day. Wins worth three points, ties worth one point, goals worth one each up to a maximum of three per team per match, shutout worth one point. Loss worth no points regardless of goals scored. Tiebreaker procedure for seeding purposes: 1) Head-to-head play, 2) goal differential among teams involved in tie up to three goals per match, 3) goals against among teams involved in tie, 4) coin toss. All teams qualify for single-elimination tournament with consolation bracket last three days. All matches 40-minute halves with 10-minute halftime. Overtime involves two 10-minute periods, no "golden goal," followed by two five-minute sudden-death "golden goal" periods and penalty-kick shootout, if necessary. Mercy rule applies to all matches; match will end if one team takes eight-goal lead, regardless of time left.

Schedule—Opening ceremony 8:45 a.m. Monday at Falcon Field. First round-robin matches 9:30 a.m. Monday. Last round-robin matches 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. First playoff match at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Championship match at 3 p.m. Friday at Falcon Field, followed by awards ceremony. All-Star game pitting Okinawa United vs. Best of the Rest at 6 p.m. Friday.

Awards—Most Valuable Player, Golden Boot, best goalkeeper and 15-player All-Tournament team.

Team capsules
(DODDS and international notables)

Christian Academy In Japan — 8-0, Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools champion, best record in Japan. Coach-Sean Collier. Top players-Leo Kobayashi (15 goals, 4 assists), Josiah Trim (10 assists), Ryo Fuseya (5 goals, 4 assists). Outlook-13 of 17 players who suited up for team that lost last year’s final in OT to Kubasaki return. Knights hope for big things in Kobayashi’s final season.

Kadena — 12-9-1, Okinawa Activities Council champion. Coach-Tom McKinney. Top players-Stanley Schrock (20 goals, 13 assists), Aaron Ahner (14 goals), Patrick Reynolds (14 goals), goalkeeper Alex Pelkey. Outlook-Any Kadena team is a contending team; this Panthers side is no exception.

Kubasaki — 7-7-2, OAC runner-up. Coach-Chris Kelly. Top players-Rimar West (8 goals, 7 assists), Travis Zilmer (6 goals), Leo Muro (6 goals), Cody Sadler, goalkeeper Zach Stallings. Outlook-Dragons possess all the speed and ability in the world, but injuries have bungled things up.

Nile C. Kinnick — 11-4-3, second-best record in Japan. Coach-Shane Hernandez. Top players-David Bailey (9 goals, 10 assists), David Krievs (8 goals, 10 assists), Jay Pothula (7 goals), goalkeeper Seth Bell. Outlook-Getting Krievs from Kubasaki strengthened Red Devils, but enough to surge into Final Four?

Zama American — 11-5-2, third-best record in Japan. Coach-Lisa DesJardins. Top players-Spenser Clark (13 goals, 7 assists), Adonis Jackson (9 goals), Brittin Southard (6 goals). Outlook-Good bunch, but like Red Devils, do they have enough to take next step?

Yokota — 8-6, fourth-best record in Japan. Coach-Jason Leonardis. Top players-Tony Presnell (14 goals, 8 assists), Jimmy Niescier (9 goals), Omar Yuksel (7 goals). Outlook-Perhaps a step or two behind Zama and Kinnick, but in the wings if either falters.

Seoul American — 7-8-2, sixth in Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference. Coach-Billy Ratcliff. Top players-John Clark (8 goals), Matt Park (5 goals), Peter Kim, 5 goals). Outlook-Signs of life, but not enough to overcome Kadena, CAJ and Kubasaki.

Girls Class AA
Dates-May 18-22.
Host-Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa.
Sites-Mike Petty Stadium and Upper Field, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa.
Participating teams—Group A, Kubasaki Dragons (2002, 2003, 2007 champions), Camp Foster, Okinawa; Faith Academy Vanguards (Class A 2004, 2008 champions), Rizal, Philippines; Zama American Trojans, Camp Zama, Japan; Seoul American Falcons, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea; Guam High Panthers, Asan, Guam; Christian Academy In Japan Knights, Tokyo. Group B, American School In Japan Mustangs (2008 champions), Tokyo; Kadena Panthers (1998, 2000, 2004-06 champions), Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; Yokota Panthers, Yokota Air Base, Japan; Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan; John F. Kennedy Islanders, Upper Tumon, Guam.

Returning All-Far East players—Ivie Myntti, Laura Ingulsrud, American School In Japan; Gabby Falco, Kubasaki; Britney Wise, Cassie McDonald, Kadena; Mallarie Ashliman, Aubrey Ashliman (2007), Zama American; Nadine Mulvany, Chelsea Keolanui-Wilson, Nile C. Kinnick.

Format—Single round-robin, two pools, one of six teams, one of five teams, first two days. Group A teams play two 24-minute halves, 48 minutes each in five matches for a total of 240 playing minutes; Group B teams play 30-minute halves, 60 minutes each in four matches for 240 playing minutes. Wins worth six points, ties worth three points and losses worth no points, goals worth one point up to a maximum of three per team per match. Losses worth no points no matter how many goals scored. Tiebreaker procedure for seeding purposes: 1) Head-to-head play, 2) fewest goals allowed, 3) goals scored (up to four per match), 4) goal differential, 5) least number of cautions/ejections, yellow cards worth one point, red cards worth three, 6) coin toss. Single-elimination tournament with consolation bracket last three days, 40-minute halves with 10-minute halftime. Overtime involves two 10-minute periods, no "golden goal," followed by two five-minute sudden-death "golden goal" periods and penalty-kick shootout, if necessary. Mercy rule applies to all matches; match will end if one team takes eight-goal lead, regardless of time left.

Schedule—Opening ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Monday at Kubasaki High School. First round-robin matches 9 a.m. Monday. Last round-robin matches 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. First playoff matches 8 a.m. Wednesday. Championship match 3 p.m. Friday, followed by awards ceremony.

Awards-Individual Most Outstanding Player, Golden Boot and Outstanding Goalkeeper awards, 15-player All-Tournament team.

Team capsules
(DODDS and international noteables)

American School In Japan — 14-0, Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools champion, best record in Japan. Coach-Carlos Aranda. Top players-Roxanne Clement (14 goals, 8 assists), Laura Ingulsrud (16 goals, 7 assists), Ivie Myntti (5 goals, 8 assists), Birke Duerloo (10 goals). Outlook-Morgan who? Mustangs haven’t missed a beat since Bridgman graduated from the 2008 champions.

Kubasaki — 14-1-1, Okinawa Activities Council champion. Coach-Terry Chumley. Top players-Elizabeth Fabila (22 goals), Sara Harter (5 goals, 6 assists), Maya Lowe (6 assists), goalkeeper Gabby Falco, sweeper Sydnie Blight. Outlook-All pieces in place for defense-minded Dragons to capture a fourth Class AA title. But it’s now or never, with Harter, Rina Ihu, Cait Frandsen (graduation) and Lowe, Bligh and her sister Chelsea (transfer) all leaving.

Zama American — 17-4-3, second-best record in Japan. Coach-Reggie Pitts. Top players-Aubrey Ashliman (Pacific-best 37 goals, 9 assists), Mallarie Ashliman (32 goals, 26 assists), Taylor Russell (5 goals, 14 assists), Rachel Walls (9 goals, 9 assists), sweeper Katie Scully, goalkeeper Deanne Polaski. Outlook-School records with 107 goals and 87 assists, but another now-or-never team; the Ashlimans go back to Virginia in May.

Kadena — 11-6-3, OAC runner-up. Coach-Hoa Nguyen. Top players-Cassie McDonald (19 goals, 5 assists), Kristie Karibian (16 goals, 6 assists), Stephanie Mobley (5 assists), Ashley Zapp (5 assists), sweeper Britney Wise, fullback Shari Moss, goalkeeper Monica Hayward. Outlook-Can easily slip into title match if somebody falters, but with five freshmen starting and the Pressley sisters on their way from Osan, Panthers are built for future success.

Nile C. Kinnick — 14-5-2, third-best record in Japan. Coach-Nico Hindie, Go Yamada. Top players-Brittany Evans (24 goals, 11 assists), Megan Pomeroy (13 goals, 6 assists), Marie Conner (11 goals, 6 assists), Audrey Parker (8 goals), Mari McDonald (6 goals, 5 assists), sweeper Nadine Mulvany. Outlook-Red Devils also built to last, waiting in wings.

Yokota — 11-5-3, fifth-best record in Japan. Coach-Matt Whipple. Top players-Jennifer Black (19 goals), Kelli Cournoyer (5 goals, 6 assists), Mia Angelella (5 goals). Outlook-Panthers keep bleeding players; Shari Moss transferred to Kadena in February, and Black leaves for Edgren next fall.

Seoul American — 7-7-3, fourth in Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference. Coach-Robert Victoria. Top players-Goalkeeper Liz Gleaves, Kelly Gutierrez (6 goals). Outlook-Too much talent departed after best season in school history a year ago.

Guam High — 7-6 Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam. Coach-Rob Holthaus. Top players-Megan Speck (10 goals), Tiffany Camacho (7 goals). Outlook-Best Panthers team since the 2003 Class AA runner-up, but still a ways to go to match that level.


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