Local soccer in spotlight at 'Berry Classic

MARYSVILLE The weather looked bleak for the rest of the weekend, as Thursday heralded stormy skies and puddle-filled fields.

Luckily, the inclement weather took a turn for the best and gave the Marysville Youth Soccer Club's Strawberry Classic some needed light.

The soccer-packed weekend tournament highlighted teams from all over western Washington and in all age groups for a chance to win their respective division. Of the 99 teams competing, many were local teams that included Lakewood Legacy and Pacific Premier, the merged combination select team of Marysville, Lake Stevens and Granite Falls.

One team looking to make its mark on the tournament was the Pacific Premier U18 boys team. Playing the always-challenging Panthers of Ballard, Premier was able to charge ahead en route to a commendable 4-2 win.

Coach Corey Elwell simply stated afterward his team "got the job done." The win was a total team effort as three different players were able to contribute to the score, as well as one goal that mistakenly went in due to the other team. The three goals were made by Brett Strong, John Miller and Nick Bylin.

Unfortunately, not all the Pacific Premier teams finished strong. In the girls 17- to 18-year-old bracket, the girls lost to local rival Snohomish United Red, 2-1. The first half was brilliant as the Premier girls were up 1-0. The Reds rarely got a chance to be on offense. But after the second half started, Snohomish came out in all colors, scoring easily and quickly.

Lakewood Legacy Brazil FC were the eventual winners in the girls 17- to 18-year-old bracket.

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