Soccer team wins championship

Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association (SnVYSA) ( is comprised of the Duvall Soccer Club, Carnation Soccer Club, Fall City Soccer Club, Snoqualmie Soccer Club, North Bend Soccer Club and Cascade Select Soccer Club. Cascade Select is SnVYSA's advanced development program and has been charged by SnVYSA to administer its select program for the entire association.

SnVYSA offers its youth players the opportunity to become members of competitive teams, whose skills will be enhanced and whose members will be challenged through play at the highest competitive level available to the team.

Every year the Washington State Youth Soccer Association (WSYSA) sponsors statewide soccer tournaments that are played over a 10-week period in January through March. In the boys' U-12 division, ReAL, the Cascade Select's team, entered the Commissioner's Cup along with 27 other teams. On March 11, ReAL played against Norpoint Fire in the championship game.

To get to the championship game, ReAL played a series of six games, in which the team won five and tied one. In those six games, ReAL out-scored their opponents 14-1.

In the championship game, ReAL was down 1-0 at the halftime break. In the second half, Norpointe Fire scored another goal at approximately the 40th minute putting ReAL down 2-0.

In the U-12 age group, the teams play 30-minute halves. In the 42nd minute of the game, ReAL scored their first goal. In the 44th minute, they tied the game with their second goal. The game ended in regulation time tied.

The rules state two 10-minute overtime periods are to be played to determine a winner in such a situation. After the first 10-minute overtime period, the score remained tied at 2-2. In the second minute of the second overtime period, ReAL took the lead with their third goal for the first time in the game and held off Norpoint Fire to win the game 3-2.

As with all Cascade Select teams, volunteers make things happen. Head coach Yamac Bilginer has volunteered hundreds of hours over the past year teaching and coaching the players to this championship win.

The last Cascade team to make it to the championship was the Cascade Select Divas- GU17 in 1999, and they did win. What makes this championship win even more remarkable is how young this team is. Seven of the 15 players are playing up one year. That is, they would normally play in the U-11 bracket, but they tried out for and made the U-12 team a year ago. Many of the Norpointe players were significantly bigger than the ReAL players.

In addition to the championship trophy, the team was awarded the 2006 Commissioners Cup Ehnat Fair Play Award for the sportsmanship team members displayed during the game.

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