Two Utah Youth Soccer Association teams recently took second-place finishes at tournaments in Texas and Las Vegas.

A Davis County team of girls aged 11 and 12, named Devastation, took the silver medal last weekend in the Silver City tournament in Las Vegas, beaten by the champions, West Villas of Oregon, 2-0. The last 50 minutes of the match was a scoreless duel. Devastation defeated Las Vegas Lighting 2-0 and Flagstaff (Ariz.) Zephyrs 4-2 on the way to the title game. It was the first action of the new season for the girls.And a Utah all-star team of 16-17-year-old boys, named Utah Soccer Academy, finished with the second-best record (2-0-1) of eight teams in the prestigious Austin (Texas) Capitols' college coaches' clinic tournament in late January.

This invitation-only tournament is staged for the benefit of college scouts, and more than 60 schools were represented by coaches. The 1995 Utah Soccer Academy team is the only one to ever represent the state at the tourney, in which all teams play three games, with games played one at a time (rather than three at once) so that scouts can see every player.

The Utah boys, coached by Billy McNicol and Chris Agnello. defeated perennial Midwest power Scott Gallagher Mortuary of St. Louis 2-1 in their opener, then beat Tulsa Soccer Club and tied 2-2 with Albuquerque United. Los Angeles Salsa finished the invitational with a 3-0 record, and Utah's 2-0-1 was next-best.

The boys have since split up to play for their individual high school teams, but when the prep season ends, they'll play together again. They have an August trip to England and Ireland planned. The team lost only one game all season.

Members of the Soccer Academy team include Jarod Croft, Danny East, Robbie Eastman, Ethan Gillespie, Mike Graves, Mike Heap, Davey Lual, B.J. McNicol, Mark Morris, Brian Neville, Tim Nichols, Christian Sanchez, Marcus Sorenson, Dustin Stettler, Kipp Stock, Ano Sundara and Tim Tcha.

Members of the girls' Devastation team, coached by Blaine Davis and Marco Armillei, include team MVP Heidi Webster and team Most Valuable Defender Ally Cleggs. Also, Krista Kocherhans, Kimberly Pond, Sarah Jorgensen, Debbie Holman, Katie Brewster, Chelsie Nyborg, Megan Winegar, Brittany Butler, Tara Anderson, Stacy Newton, Ester Imotan, Jana White, Heather Robbins, Brennan Hession, Danielle Davis and Erin Stock.