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  • Emma Keechle

Intense Gold Medal Finals for U18 Futsal Ahead of Closing Ceremonies

The female matchup on Saturday morning was between Alaska and Yukon. The first half bounced between a fast and slower pace, it picked up speed during the second half. The second half became aggressive as well. First half finished with a score of 3-2 Alaska in the lead. It ended with a score 4-3 with Alaska winning.


The U18 female futsal ulu’s were given out after the end of the game. Bronze was won by Nunavut, Silver went to Yukon, and Alaska won the gold. Coach Will Lucero said “It feels amazing to win gold in our own state. I mean, it's representing Alaska. You know, the last frontier, it's the best feeling in the world.”


The male game was played by Yukon and Nunavut. Stands were filled with supporters for all different teams, and chants were echoing in support for both teams as they played. The first half was fast and aggressive with Yukon in the lead with a score of 4-6. The second half continued to be fast and aggressive with chants from the stands overlapping. Towards the end of the second half, Yukon’s goalie made an epic save against a penalty kick taken by Nunavut. In the end Yukon pulls through with a score of 6-4.


The U18 male futsal ulu presentation ceremony happened after the game. No bronze medal was presented, but Nunavut took silver and Yukon claimed the gold. Coach Travis Banks said in response to winning the gold, “It’s been a long time, I think, since Yukon senior boys have won a gold medal game, and I think it means a lot. A couple of our other teams got silver and so we really wanted to bring a gold home. That feels great.”


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