Awarding of HS Director's Cup signals beginning of the end of 2012-13 soccer year
The month of April starts to see the soccer activity taper down across the OPL, with the last weekend of April serving as the final weekend of the soccer year for all but a handful of teams. While the Portland Timbers OPL State Cup Quarters and Semis matches were being played in Beaverton, reducing the number of active teams still to play one more important match to 32, across town at the Buckman Fields, 8 high school aged teams finished their seasons competiting for the Timbers OPL HS Director’s Cup at the U16 and U18 age groups.
In the GU16 division, BSC Portland 96G Black didn’t exactly cruise to the cup, winning all but one of their games by a one-goal margin. In a semifinal matchup against Rogue Valley, which was a rematch of their first group game in which BSC Portland game away 2-1 winners, the Black team managed to eke out a 1-0 result this time to earn a spot in Sunday’s final. There, against TFA Barcelona, the U15 team from BSC Portland managed to put together a solid 80 minutes against a fellow U15 team, to win the U16 Cup with a 1-0 win.
In the GU18 Division, after a trying season in the GU18 Premier Division, the Rogue Valley Timbers managed to piece together a good run through the tournament, coming away with the GU18 trophy after posting a 1-0 over the BSC Portland 95G Black (U17).
For the BU16s, it appeard the Hillsboro SC Real Madrid team were on an easy march to be Cup winners. 4-1 winners over Cascade FC in the semis, they looked sure to repeat as champions with only THUSC Radon standing in their way. Radon, no slouches themselves with a number of convincing wins in group play, had other plans though. In a highly spirited game at Buckman, both teams never relented and went at a furious pace over the course of the 80 minute game. In the end, a repeat just wasn’t in the cards, as Radon captured the Cup as 3-1 winners, with a late insurance goal sealing the fate of Real Madrid.
In the BU18 division, two seemed to be the magic number for the BU17 BSC Portland 95 Gold team. After 4-0 result (4 is a multiple of 2, right?) over their U18 94 Black team to open group play, the 95 Gold needed only two goals in each of their next 3 games to earn their Director’s Cup. In the semifinal, Thelo Athletico managed to cut the winning margin by 1, but in the end BSC Portland came away winners, advancing to Sunday’s final where they posted a 2-0 result over Hillsboro SC Chivas.