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Eastside FC's Girls 95 White, with two from Valley, head to soccer nationals
The Eastside FC Girls 95 White Soccer Team won the Presidents Cup Regional Title in Boise last month and are headed to the Presidents Cup Nationals in Florida in July.
The Eastside FC Premier team is composed of five players from Skyline High School, three players from Issaquah High School, two from Bellevue High School, two players from Mount Si High School—Kelsey Lindor and Sophia Rouches—and others from Eastside Catholic, Mercer Island, Newport, Liberty, International, Overlake and Tahoma High School.
The team is coached by Ryan Dortch and his brother, assistant coach Andrew Dortch, both of whom grew up playing soccer in Issaquah.
Most all of the girls on this team play on high school teams in the fall, in addition to playing for Eastside FC under Coach Dortch for the past seven years.
At the start of last season, the girls set a goal to win the Washington State Youth Soccer Challenge Cup State Title and the Presidents Cup Regional titles, and are now aiming to check off the final goal of winning the National Tournament in July.
Following a successful season of league play, the team won the 2013 Washington State Youth Soccer Challenge Cup in May which earned the team an invitation to the Youth Soccer Region 4 Presidents Cup Tournament in Boise in June.
Teams from 10 states were represented in at the Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Regional’s in Boise. The Eastside G95 White team defeated teams from Colorado, Nevada, Idaho and Utah in the 5 day competition, outscoring their opponents 22-2. Most of the goals were scored in pool play.
The semifinal victory against the Idaho team in the semi finals on Saturday was a hard fought physical game in the 90 degree afternoon sun. After a game changing save in the final minutes by goalkeeper Emily Baril, the teams were still tied after 120 minutes of play. In the penalty kick shootout to determine the winner, Eastside sank four straight solid PK shots, going on to win the game and move on to the championship.
Following Saturday’s semi, the team was determined to recover for the championship and bravely sat in the ice cold Boise River in an effort to help recover in time for Sunday’s game.
Sunday’s championship game was well played game between an equally matched premier team from Utah. Both teams had several scoring opportunities and played a strong defensive game. Eastside’s Viktoriya Vasina’s managed to break thru and scored in the 87 minute of regulation time and Eastside’s defense buckled down and held on to win the game 1-0. Emily Baril, who also plays in goal for the two time 4A State Championship team at Skyline, earned the shutout in goal.
The team celebrated, but the job is not yet completed: Eastside FC intends to travel to Florida in July and face the regional winners from the other 3 regions at the National Presidents Cup Championship with the intent of bringing home a National Title to Eastside FC and Washington State Youth Soccer.
Eastside FC also had 2 other teams playing in semi final matches: the Eastside FC Boy U15 and the Eastside GU14 team. The Eastside FC Girls 95 White team is now preparing to for the Presidents Cup Nationals in the Orlando area, July 11 to 14.
Washington State Youth Soccer Association, WSYSA, was well represented in Boise with a total of Eleven Washington teams playing in the Quarterfinal round, five teams in the semis, three of which made it into the championship round.
The other finalists were Highline Pacific FC Boys U15 team from the Renton area and the Timbers Girls U15 team from Vancouver, Wash.
Washington Youth Soccer also sent 19 teams to the Far West Regional in Hawaii this week, including 3 Eastside FC teams. Winners from the Far West Regional’s will play in Kansas City for the Youth Soccer National Championship Title.
Founded in 1970, Eastside FC Soccer (EFC) is the sole premier soccer club within the Eastside Youth Soccer Association, (EYSA), the governing body of EFC, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newport and Lake Hills Soccer Clubs.
EFC supports over 70 boys and girls teams that compete in the WSYS RCL league, the Far West Regional League, the Western College Development League and US Youth Soccer National League as well as working closely with the other EYSA clubs to provide skills training, tryouts assistance and coaching development.
To learn more, visit the Eastside FC website, http://www.eastsidefc.org.