The Dungeness Cup returned to the Albert Haller Playfields at Carrie Blake Park this past weekend, with 50 teams from all across western Washington participating.
After three days of highly competitive soccer tournament play, in the end Sequim-based select soccer club Storm King dominated the standings, winning eight of the 10 divisions up for grabs on the weekend.
Storm King also had at least one team in almost every division, only not being represented in the girls’ U15-U16 division, but their high standard of play allowed them to stack up well against even high-level travel teams from Seattle, Tacoma and beyond.
Teams from Sequim Junior Soccer also played well on the weekend despite only being in their first year of putting together high-level travel teams.
“This is a great weekend,” David Henderson, SJS president and boys’ U13-U14 coach, said. “These are top-notch competitors, and the sportsmanship we’ve seen has been incredible.”
“It’s fantastic seeing everywhere these teams are coming from, and just how high a level of play we’re getting,” Molly McAleer, one of Dungeness Cup organizers said.
“This was our biggest year yet, and it excites us to see just how much these people wanted to be here,” she said.
McAleer described the Cup as one of Sequim’s “best-kept secrets” in past years, but as she said, “the secret is getting out.” McAleer said she saw far more far more people than ever watching the games who weren’t parents or coaches or otherwise connected to the teams in the tournament.
The tournament was run smoothly without many major delays in game start times or other issues, organizers said, and the coaches seemed to appreciate the organization of the event. Several teams also took advantage of the camping setup that the Cup provided — a field near Carrie Blake Park’s baseball fields set aside for families and teams to be able to stay within a few minutes’ walk of the tournament.
See full results and more about the tournament at www.dungenesscup.com.