Six Whatcom FC Rangers teams won championship titles at the 2015 Rimland Challenge on Sunday, August 9, at Northwest Soccer Park.
This year was the first time Rimland was a co-ed event. Before, there had always been two seperate summer challenges for the girls and boys. Combined, 83 teams competed over the three day tournament.
“It’s always been a very intense tournament,” said Chrisina Funk from the U17 WFC Rangers Gold team. “Out here there is some really good competition.”
She has been playing with the Rangers since U13, a story similar to many champion soccer players in Whatcom. The history of playing together makes her team more like family, she said.
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Funk, playing defensive center mid, and her team won 1-0 in the U16/17 Girls Championship against another WFC Rangers team. The team went undefeated the whole weekend, winning each game after the first tied.
Near the end of the championships their goalie twisted her ankle and forward Peyton Fullner stepped up to finish the game in front of the net. It was a stressful moment but everything was okay, Funk said.
Three full days of soccer do not usually go so smoothly, said tournament director Lance Calloway. The twisted ankle was the worst of the injuries all weekend. No judicials were called at all, meaning no red cards were pulled and it was overall one of the best showings of sportsmanship in the history of the tournament.
“Lance runs a really smooth, non-confrontational tournament,” Marcia McWilliams said.
McWilliams has been voluteering at Northwest Soccer Park since the fields were just dirt, she said.
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WFC Gold 2-0
WFC Gold 3-1
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NW United 2-0
WFC Blue 2-0