Timbers’ U14 boys team claims Presidents Cup
The Rogue Valley Timbers won the U14 boys division of the Oregon Youth Soccer Association Presidents Cup Saturday in Portland.
The Timbers triumphed 3-1 over the Lake Oswego Soccer Club, which had lost just once since the OYSA season began in February.
Lake Oswego opened the scoring in the first four minutes when it got behind the Timbers’ back line and found the left side of the net.
In the 24th minute, the Timbers’ Landon Wallace lofted a corner kick to Jose Mondesi, who popped a header into the right side of the goal, forging a 1-1 tie the teams took into halftime.
Twenty-two minutes into the second half, Mondesi got behind the defense and carried the ball just outside the Lake Oswego goal box as a defender fell into him from behind, knocking both to the ground. Mondesi bounced up and put the go-ahead goal into the upper left side of the net.
With six minutes left, Bjorn Johnson scored to give the Timbers a 3-1 cushion.
Goalkeeper Davis Jones and center backs Hudson Frank and Declan Read anchored a defense that allowed only one goal in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches combined.
The U14 team, comprised of players from Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass, capped off one of the most successful OYSA seasons for an RVT boys team in recent memory. The team went undefeated during its regular season.
During the tournament, the Timbers, coached by Greg Millick, outscored opponents 26-7, recording three shutouts in six matches.
The team qualified for the Far West Regional June 15-20 in Salt Lake City, Utah, against champions from other Western states.
The Timbers are raising money to cover travel to Salt Lake City. Those interested in contributing can make a tax-deductible donation to the team’s GoFundMe page, RVT 07B Presidents Cup Far West Regionals, or by sending a check to the Rogue Valley Soccer Club, P.O. Box 4727, Medford, OR, 97501 (with “Presidents Cup” in the memo line).
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Millick coached a second Presidents Cup team to the championship match Saturday. His U13 squad battled the Bend FC Timbers throughout, trailing 1-0 with seven minutes to play before falling 3-0.