BLAINE, Minnesota - A 6-1 victory over CDI Roji of Mexico City on Thursday has lifted the SSA Marquette Red Bulls Under-12 boys soccer team to the top playoff bracket in the USA Cup.
The SSA Marquette Wave U14 girls also start playoff action today as the No. 3 seed and will play a team from Minneapolis.
Red Bulls undefeated
The Red Bulls moved their record to 3-0 in the win over CDI Roji by getting two goals from Aidan Pascoe. Single markers came from Drew Wyble, Trevor Salmon, Evan Phillips and Nicolaas Vermaat.
Joe Lagrou was credited with two assists while Wyble and Jacob Rose each had one.
Vermaat played in goal the first half and Salmon the second. Both faced three shots on net, with CDI Roji scoring late in the second half.
On Wednesday, the Red Bulls defeated the host Blaine Crush 3-1 with Lagrou scoring the first goal and Salmon the next two to make it 3-0 before Blaine got on the board. Two assists were credited to Pascoe and one to Hunter Sides as Vermaat faced five shots in net.
In the first game on Tuesday, the Red Bulls took out Dakota REV of Minneapolis, 8-0, with Salmon getting two goals and two assists, Lagrou two goals and Rose a goal and an assist.
Wyble, Pascoe and Finn Whalen also scored as Vermaat and Cross Lakenen split duties in goal.
U14 girls now 1-1-1
The Wave U14 girls squad dropped a 3-1 decision Thursday to Minnesota United in its final pool game as Sierra Carlson notched an unassisted goal and keeper Caitlin Palomaki stopped eight shots.
On Wednesday, the Wave blanked the St. Paul, Minnesota, Blackhawks 1-0 as Carlson drew a foul late in the second half and scored on the subsequent penalty kick as time expired.
Caitlin Palomaki made the goal stand up, stopping nine Blackhawks shots in the Marquette net, while Anna Palmcook also made a save from her defensive position after Palomaki went down on the initial stop.
The Wave opened with a 2-2 tie against the Becker Blaze of Becker, Minnesota, as Carlson scored near the midpoint of the first half with an unassisted goal before Becker took a 2-1 lead.
Abby Kroll salvaged the tie with a goal in the game's final two minutes, getting an assist from Carlson and Chloe Henning.
Palomaki worked in the Wave net, stopping a dozen shots.
Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg and Sports Writer Steve Brownlee.