Summer 2017 Soccer Highlights

So the Green River recreational soccer team had a pretty successful summer.  We played some friendlies against the South Puget Sound Community College men’s team, and won.  We also finished the Starfire 8v8 Men’s Outdoor league as undefeated champions.

Check out some of the highlights below:

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7 Weeks Into The Season, Green River Teams Dominant

As they near the final quarter of the season, both Green River indoor teams are at or near the top of the table.  The Green River Gators have been dominant with their only blemish a draw against Green River FC.  And after a rough first two games, Green River FC found their footing by playing 5 fantastic matches.  With only 2 more games before the playoffs, both teams have a chance to play in the semifinals, where the top 2 teams play the Men’s C North top 2 teams.

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Below you’ll see some photos from last week’s games.

Green River Soccer Returns to Indoor Soccer Starfire

The Green River recreational soccer program has returned to the indoor men’s leagues at Starfire Sports for winter 2017.  This quarter, we have 2 teams in the same league: Green River FC & Green River Gators.  Their games are Thursday evenings, and last week they played each other in a Green River derby.  The game was full of great plays, incredible scoring and an unbelievable outcome.  You’ll have to watch the videos below to see how it turned out.

1st Half

2nd Half

 

Yup…a 13 – 13 tie after a furious comeback with less than 2 minutes left!  Green River College has some amazing soccer players!

Photos of the action can be seen below:

Green River FC – Summer 2016, Game #2

The Green River FC summer team is playing in the Starfire Men’s 8v8 outdoor league.  The first game was a friendly, which was a great chance for the team to get to know each other.  The second game is when the results really counted.  Thankfully, the team played well and won, 4 – 2.  They played a team called “For The Lads”.  Check out the video below!

Green River vs Green River – A Battle for the Top Spot

Check out the entire game on video!  Green River #1 in Black, Green River #2 in Green.

Green River Team 1 opened the scoring with Luuk Van Kessel scoring a lovely goal into the bottom of the goal. With emotions running high, and with the top spot in sight, GRC team 1 were playing the ball around with ease. Green River Team 2 could not handle the attack and were hard done by with their own defense, something they can and will work on. Shad, Gustavo, Ivar and Mustafa all scored for Green River Team one equalling 10 goals for GRC 1, with GRC 2 scoring goals from, Kazu, Ali and Riki. Green River Team 1 were very much on their A game, Green River 2 must practise together for when (hopefully) they play against eachother again. A huge mention to Sam Vlah, who made massive saves and gave a 10/10 performance.

Team 1

  • Ivar Stubbard (2)
  • Mustafa Alqaysi (2)
  • Luuk van Kessel (1)
  • Juan Gonzalez
  • Dylan Roozendaal
  • Shad Loa (4)
  • Koonwah Liu
  • Gustavo Martinez (1)

Team 2

  • Shun Oguma
  • Omar Suliman
  • Ali Suliman (1)
  • Thanakrit (Bonus) Inkhaw
  • Phat Xuan Luong
  • Kazu Akata (1)
  • Riki Shinei (1)
  • Hiroya Tomura
  • Sieu (Steven) To
  • Mohammed Abouamer
  • Sam Vlah

 

 

First Half

 

Second Half

GSSL Midseason Report: Games 5 – 8

Game 8, Nov. 1: With only 12 players, Green River FC was once again shorthanded.  With only one sub, everyone had to log considerable minutes.  This, coupled with an opponent that was sitting in the top 3 of the standings, should have negatively affected the team. Instead, it did the opposite.  Under the dark skies and windy weather, the team was playing with a renewed sense of team.  They were communicating, working together, passing effectively and holding their own.  It was as if the team was growing up right there on the field.  This new brand of play was showing results as well, with GRCFC up on their opponent, Footmode Squad, 2 goals to zero at the half.

The second half brought with it rain and injuries, two things no one wants to see.  Soon, the game was tied 3 – 3.  GRCFC had opportunities, and kept the ball on the opponent’s side of the field, but couldn’t seem to put the ball in the goal like they had the first half.  As the rain became more intense, the injuries and exhaustion seemed to mount, resulting in 11 available players and no subs.  It was too much to keep under control and Footmode Squad eventually scored the winning goal, going ahead by a goal.  With only a few minutes left to equalize, the exhausted Green River Gators kept fighting, taking shot after shot, almost converting a number of times.  But in the end, there just wasn’t enough time.  The final of 4 – 3 was definitely hard to swallow, especially since the team played so well.  But should this new style of play stick, Green River FC will have a chance to finish the season with 2 straight victories.

Game 7, Oct. 25: Green River FC was out to win.  With a skeleton squad of 12, the Gators definitely played with a purpose.  They shot out to an early lead and looked to leave the WaveBreakers in the dust.  But it seems the problems of the Seahawks in recent weeks may be a bit contagious as Green River FC played strong and determined throughout much of the game only to relax just a bit too early.  Having given all they had through 85 minutes of play, GRCFC was up 4 – 2 and running on fumes.  The WaveBreakers scored a goal to get within a goal and everyone in green thought that would be as close as they would get.  But the defense was drained, and the offense couldn’t keep possession of the ball which led to an equalizer with only a few minutes left.  Giving up 2 goals in the final 5 minutes broke everyone’s heart.  The only consolation is that it was a draw instead of a loss.  Having the win all but wrapped up only to see it disappear was incredibly difficult to accept.  One thing is certain, the team needs all of it’s players.  Green River FC is only able to win as a complete team; if 1/3 of the team is missing, then it will always be an uphill battle.

Game 6, Oct. 18: With only 11 players at the game, everyone had to give it their full 90!  Playing against the to team in the league, Bhakunde Bhoot FC, Green River FC was up to the challenge and kept the score close at the half.  But the exhaustion seemed to set in as the 2nd half progressed.  The 7:15am departure time for the game also didn’t help, you can be sure.  As the game continued, GRCFC couldn’t keep their intensity up and eventually lost 4 – 1.  The exhaustion led to a lack of teamwork and trust.  When you’re playing a top team, you can’t have any lack of focus.  It seems that it just wasn’t the Gators’ day today.

Game 5, Oct. 11: After a win and a draw, Green River FC was looking to continue their string of quality games.  They ran into a team full of attitude and brashness, just like their team name – Bandits.  One Bandits player in particular was even sent off for his retaliation and unsportsmanlike conduct.  Green River FC players kept their cool, and played hard.  It was a beautiful day, and an exciting game, but there just wasn’t enough offense to keep the game close.  Green River FC lost for the first time in 3 games by a score of 2 – 0.

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