Playoffs, league cups and great soccer

The Columbia Gorge Soccer League wraps up the season with final tournaments

August 31, 2005

After several months of summer action, the Columbia Gorge Soccer League approaches its season climax with this year’s cup tournament and league championships.

Consisting of two divisions and a total of 32 full teams, the organization is by far Hood River’s largest sports league, featuring some of the highest-level amateur soccer in the state.

Division two’s regular season wrapped up recently after 17 games per team, with San Antonio, Mount Adams and Charrapo taking first, second and third overall. The division is currently in its quarterfinal round of playoffs, with San Antonio, Mount Adams, Charrapo and Canalitos holding out and battling for the league title.

In the Premiere division, teams play 26 games in the regular season, with the top eight teams advancing to the playoffs. The final regular season games will wrap up later this week before the first round of playoffs on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Wy’east.

Also in progress is the 2005 league cup, which is played by the same teams in the league but scored separately from the regular season and the playoffs. League cup finals from both divisions are scheduled for this Sunday at Wy’east at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. In the Premiere division, league powerhouse Juventos, who finished the regular season in first place by a considerable margin, waits to play the winner of Thursday’s Abasolo versus Morelia game for the finals.

Canalitos and San Sebastian, teams that finished fifth and seventh in the league playoffs, will play in the Division two cup championship on Sunday.

The Columbia Gorge Soccer League started years ago after a handful of local players recognized the need for an adult league in Hood River. Manuel Gutierrez, Jose Ponce, Tony Diez and Alcario Diez organized the first league in 1990, which consisted of about eight teams.

Growing from eight teams to 32 and 15 years of successful Futbol later, the league, which has always been run by volunteers, is now taking steps toward becoming an official nonprofit organization.

Stay tuned for more on tournament coverage, league progression and the possibility of a new women’s league in future issues of the Hood River News.

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