From Coach Tom Hill:
Maroon made it out of bracket in first place with wins against Newport FC and Seattle United NE along with a tie vs EFC White. MIFC hosted Crossfire Yakima in the quarterfinal match; a team Maroon had beaten both in the Winter Classic and in RCL league. As in previous games Crossfire played a high press anchored by a
sweeper keeper who easily gathered balls played too strongly through their back line. With a 1-0 lead at halftime Crossfire started the second half attempting to stall the final 45 minutes. Less than 10 minutes in Maroon’s lone
forward scored on a 1v1 shot that nutmegged the keeper and then went up 2-1 shortly thereafter on another 1v1 as Maroon’s attacker slid her shot just inside the left post. Yakima scored shortly thereafter tying the score 2-2. Maroon went ahead for good when our forward was taken down in the box and
the resulting PK was easily converted for the 3-2 win.
The semifinal was a replay of last year’s final versus WPFC. The game had a late Friday evening
kickoff at Starfire and was a fast paced no holds barred contest from the start. Maroon got the better of the first half scoring in the 21st and 39th minutes taking a 2-0 lead into halftime after WPFC had a goal disallowed due to offside. The second half was both fast paced and frenetic as WPFC committed more numbers forward sending more and more hopeful balls into the box. It paid off with 10 minutes left when WPFC scored on a well struck shot off of a corner. Maroon’s defense held tough to the end with several
blocks and saves in the final minutes to earn their spot in the final with the 2-1 win.
The final set MIFC Maroon vs PacNW Blue. Our previous meeting ended in a 3-3 draw. Out of the
gate Maroon was the more aggressive team in transition though the score was 0-0 at halftime. Not to be denied Maroon scored in the scramble from a cross after the Pac keeper parried away two point blank shots and then Maroon’s right attacking mid smashed the ball home squeezing it between the keeper and the right post. Maroon scored their second goal a few minutes later when a holding mid intercepted a pass near midfield, quickly transitioned into the attack, and found the forward with a one touch pass. The forward turned the corner on the central defending and then beat the keeper with a shot low to the
far left post. Pac pressed and made it 2-1 on their own quick transition, however, Maroon kept PacNW away from the net through the final minutes to win the cup.
The past 7 years has been quite a ride and to finish our time together by winning the Presidents Cup is more than anybody could ask for. The players, parents, and coaches have formed a tight bond
that has carried us through some tough times and created several tremendous wins against very good teams. Fourteen of Maroon’s players were a part of all three State Cup Tournament championships. Before heading onto the field for their final 45 minutes together and the score still 0-0 the girls circled up on the field and went through, on their own, what needed to happen in the second half to win. It did not surprise me when we went up 2-0 in the first 20 minutes of that final half of soccer.
Most important has been the relationships formed between the players, coaches, and parents. The
strong bonds, confidence, toughness, and resilience saw Maroon through some tight spots and made all the difference.
During our time together Maroon played nearly 190 games, scored close to 500 goals, won 108+ games, won 6 summer tournaments, and 3 State Cups: 2015 GU15 Founders Cup; 2018 GU17 Presidents Cup D2; 2019 GU18/19 Presidents Cup D2.
Congratulations to Coaches Tom Hill and Steve Gest, along with players
Abby Berman, Annelise Rorem,
Catherine Yoshida, Claire Molina, Ella Hensey, Ella Veljovich, Ellie Sulla, Hannah Derakshani, Hannah Wainwright, Katelyn Orndorff, Keathley Pinney Brown, Elaina Martin, Lexi Shurygailo, Mari Hanan, Naomi Lewis, Robin Henry, Sarah Gest and Stella Goffman