After notching a win, a tie and a loss in their three games Monday at the Far West Regionals, the Boise Nationals boys roared through Tuesday's action with three victories.
The U-17 team earned its second win and a spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 romp over Impact Black (Utah), the U-18 squad topped FC Portland (Oregon) 3-1 to move into a tie for second in its group, and the U-19 Nationals claimed second in its group standings with a 4-0 rout over the Coeur d'Alene Sting. In each age division, the top two in each flight advance to Thursday's quarterfinals.
"Any time you have a team, let alone three teams, in position to advance to the quarterfinals, you've got to be happy," Nationals director of coaching Coe Michaelson said.
While the U-17s are already guaranteed a spot in the second round, the U-18s must win or tie against Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus (California North) at 4 p.m. today on field No. 8. The two are even with three points apiece in the group standings, but the Nationals have an advantage in goal differential.
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The U-19 Nationals have four points and will advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a tie against So Cal United (California South wild card) at 10 a.m. today on field No. 12. Even if they lose, the Nationals could advance on goal differential.
Les Bois in position to advance three teams
Les Bois United already has one team in the quarterfinals — the U-19 girls — and the Boise-based club's other two teams in the tournament also have a chance to advance.
The U-15 girls need a win or a tie against Slammers FC (California South) at 8 a.m. today on field No. 18 to finish among the top two teams in their group.
The club's only other team, the U-14 girls, are tied with RVSC 92 (New Mexico) for second in the group standings. If Les Bois beats Montana's Bozeman Blitzz at 11 a.m. today on field No. 16, it will earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Five Boise Capitals teams still alive
Four Boise Capitals teams won't advance to the quarterfinals, but five of the club's nine teams could advance to the quarterfinals. The U-12, U-13 and U-16 girls remain in the hunt, while the U-14 and U-16 boys also have a chance to advance.