Newport Lightning Cheetas

March 2, 2012

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Contributed by Brian Curl The Newport Lightning Cheetahs girls 11 and under soccer team took second place in the Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup championship game played Feb. 12.

From: Brian Curl – comcast
Date: February 17, 2012 12:20:47 PM PST
To: Christina Lords
Subject: Re: soccer story

Here are the pictures.  They are the ones the teams submitted for the State Cup program.
Working on gettting the complete rosters.
Brian Curl
MBL 425-922-6695

From: “Christina Lords”
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 5:50:50 PM
Subject: soccer story

Hi Brian,
Thanks so much for this info! I’m happy to run it in the next Newcastle News. It looks like you said photos might be available? Could you send them sometime this week? If you could provide information on where/when the photos took place, as well as any names and/or ages for the people in the photos, that would be super helpful!

Christina Lords
Newcastle News, Issaquah Press reporter
Phone: (425) 392-6434, ext. 239
Fax: (429) 391-1541
NAME: Brian Curl


DAYTIME_PHONE: 425-922-6695


COMMENTS: For Immediate Release (team pictures availble)
February 14, 2012

Soccer Teams Make Final Rounds of State Tournament
Newport Gu11 Lightning Cheetahs runners up in State Championship, Newport Bu12 Warriors Semifinalists

Newcastle, WA â?? February 12 â?? Newport Lightning Cheetahs Gu11s are runners up in the Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup championship game played February 12, 2012 and the Newport FC Warriors Bu12s played in the state Semifinal game February 11, 2012.  Both teams have players and coaches with deep links to Newcastle.

The Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup is the select level tournament contested by the top select teams across the state.  Coached by former Newcastle resident Brent Systma with players from Newcastle and the Newcastle area the Newport Lightning Cheetahs may be the first Recreational team to play in a Founders Cup final. 

Playing in their 4th year together, the Cheetahs began outpacing their regular Recreational competition and petitioned to play in the North Puget Sound League (NPSL) â?? the regionsâ?? main select league.  After wrapping up a successful 10-1-1 regular season the Cheetahs entered the State Cup tournament winning all three of their bracket games against Seattle United, Kent United, and Mercer Island FC setting up a Quarterfinal match against Pacific FC from Yelm.  In a dramatic Overtime match the Cheetahs got 3 goals in extra time to win 5-2 and earn a berth in the State Semi/Final weekend at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.  Against a strong Crossfire team from Redmond the Cheetahs jumped out to an early lead in the semi scoring a goal in the first two minutes.  They padded the lead to 5-0 before fending off a furious comeback attempt by Crossfire, winning the semi 5-2 and a showdown with the tournamentâ??s leading team â?? CK United from Kitsap.  With a packed sideline of 

 parents and club supporters cheering them on the Cheetahs lost the final 2-0, but earned the distinction of being perhaps the only Recreational team to have played in a Founders Cup Final.

Led by Head Coach Bud Deccio the Bu12 Newport FC Warriors feature players from Newcastle and the Newcastle area (including a number of former Newcastle Baseball club players) and assistant coach and Newcastle resident Brian Curl.  In their first year as a select team, the Warriors played in the North Puget Sound Leagueâ??s (NPSL) 1st Division against some of the top teams in the state.  The final four Bu12 teams in the state tournament were all from the NPSL. After wrapping up a 5-2-5 record in the division the Warriors started their bracket play in State Cup with wins against Edmonds and University Place â?? including a snow delayed mid-week night game under the lights at Newport Hills Park to reach the Round of 16 elimination game against Vancouver Timbers.  Playing again on their home field at Newport Hills Park in a very physical match that included 2 yellow cards and a direct red card ejection, the Warriors battled to a 4-0 win and a home Quarterfinal matchup against Sto

 rm King from Kitsap.  Down 2-0 late in the second half the Warriors finally solved the Storm King defense notching a pair of goals in the final minutes to send the match to Overtime.  Still tied 2-2 after the first overtime, and facing the prospect of the match going to PKs, the Warriors again got late goals to settle the match 4-2 and earn a berth in the Semi/Final weekend at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

In the Semifinal the Warriors faced Eastside and NPSL rival Lake Hills Synergy in the Starfire Stadium â?? scene of many MLS Sounders US Open Cup matches and the Womenâ??s Sounders home games.  Having earned the chance to play in the Stadium, both teams participated in the walkout ceremony with announcers and the National Anthem.  The Warriors played a strong game and at the half were knotted 0-0 with Lake Hills.  Late in the second half Lake Hills got a goal, and with the Warriors chasing the game scored a second.  Having rallied the weekend before in similar fashion, the Warriors mounted a furious comeback effort, but in injury time Lake Hills scored a final goal to earn a 3-0 win that belied the closeness of the match.  In the Final Lake Hills lost to Seattle United in a match that went to Overtime and was settled on PKs.

The Newport Lightning Cheetahs and Newport FC Warriors play for Newport Youth Soccer Club (NYSC).  In the 2011-12 Founders Cup Newport sent an unprecedented 6 teams to the knockout rounds, 5 teams to the Semi/Final weekend, and 3 teams to the Finals.  Newport saw its Bu15 and Gu16 Newport FC teams crowned Founders Cup Champions. NYSC is a +700 member Recreational and Select club thatâ??s part of  the +7,000 member Eastside Youth Soccer Association (EYSA), Washington Youth Soccer (WYS), and US Youth Soccer.  Newportâ??s Select teams play in the North Puget Sound League (NPSL), a league boasting 50% of all 2010-11 Founders Cup champions and 80% of the 2011-12 season Founders Cup champions 

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