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EYSA 2015 State Cup Champs
Teams From Across EYSA Earn WA State Cup Championships in May
A Great Way to Wrap Up the 2014-2015 Season

(May 19, 2015) EYSA teams left their mark on the 2015 Washington Youth Soccer State Cup series. Fourteen EYSA teams made it through to the championship matches in their respective State Cup tournaments, and exactly half took home championship trophies. Five of those championship teams were just added to the State Cup record books in May, while two took their Founders Cup trophies home after their seasons wrapped up in February.

Washington Youth Soccer hosts three statewide State Cup tournaments for developmental and competitive youth soccer, some age groups running January-February and some running March-May each year, as follows:

As it turns out, 1998 was a strong birth year for soccer players in our EYSA area: Eastside FC's G98 Red took the GU16 state championship; ISC Gunners Select G98 took the GU16 Div 2 Presidents Cup championship; MIFC Force 98 were finalists in the same division; and on the boys' side, MIFC Whitecaps B98 were finalists in the Founders Cup in February. EYSA teams, however, were into the semifinals or beyond at all ages across the three tournaments, from U9 to U18/19. Following are the stories from our State Cup champions who wrapped up this month.

GU16 State Championship Cup winners from Eastside FC G98 Red, coached by Tom Bialek, successfully defended their state title from their GU15 year by going undefeated in six straight tournament matches andscoring 17 goals. In all, an impressive defensive line gave up only a single goal, which came in the 4-1 quarter-final win against Whatcom FC Rangers Gold. The closest scoreline for the EFC side in the tournament was 1-0 in the final on Mothers' Day, May 10th, against a strong 3RSC RCL Black. EFC G98 Red earned the National Championship title in 2013, took top honors in the US Youth Soccer National League in 2014 as well as a 3rd-place National Championship title at U15. The girls now advance to US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in Boise, Idaho, in June. (See full article on the Eastside FC website.)

GU16 Div 2 champions, ISC Gunners Select G98, coached jointly by Steve Salmon and Jim Neil, also won back-to-back State Cup championships by beating Mercer Island Force 1-0 in a very tight defensive battle in the Presidents Cup GU16 second division final. The two EYSA teams were deadlocked at the end of the first half, and continued until the Issaquah team managed a beautiful far-post goal at a ridiculously tight angle by breaking free down the right side in the 70th minute. Issaquah's stellar defense only allowed a single goal in the tournament, and the team dominated its opponents, outscoring them 16-1 in six straight matches. (See full article on the Issaquah FC website.)

Two Eastside FC teams also took championship titles in the Presidents Cup, the most competitive State Cup tournament for their age groups. Eastside FC's G04 Red, coached by Chance Fry, hoisted the championship trophy in the GU10 9v9 first division after defeating Crossfire Premier G04 Schmetzer 2-0 in the final. The two teams had faced each other earlier in bracket play, resulting in a 0-0 standoff at Crossfire's home field. Amazingingly, the EFC side didn't allow a single goal the entire tournament, and scored 9 as they went undefeated four straight matches in their advance to the title. Three Eastside FC G04 Red players topped the Scoring Leaders table in the division.

In the first Division at GU11 in the Presidents Cup, Eastside FC G03 Red, coached by Anderson "Xinho" Prestes, outlasted Crossfire Premier G03-Hattrup, claiming the title after a dramatic PK shootout. Both of the teams had battled their way to the top of their groups in bracket play, but only EFC swept all four of its bracket games, ceding only a single goal before semis, while scoring six. The girls went on to face down Harbor Premier G03 Green, 3-0, in the semis to earn their ticket to the championship match. (See full article on the Eastside FC website.)

Lake Hills Infinity G99 took the GU15 Founders Cup championship May 10th. The girls beat NSC Spectre in a hard-fought final, 2-1, scoring in the first overtime period to avoid having to determine their team's fate in PKs. Coached by Justin Hunt, the Lake Hills team had finished fourth in the NPSL GU15 first division with an even record, 6 wins and 6 losses. They obviously peaked at the right time, however, managing to win 4 of 5 matches in Founders Cup bracket play to finish top in their bracket and earn a berth in the semis, which they won decidedly with a 3-0 scoreline against GFYSC. The win against NSC Spectre in the finals was even sweeter because the team had earlier handed them their only loss in the tournament during bracket play.

Listed below are the EYSA teams which made it through to the finals in their respective age groups and tournaments, including the teams that wrapped up in February:

2015 Washington Youth Soccer Championship Cup
Champions
GU16: Eastside FC G98 Red
Finalists
GU15: ISC Gunners G99
2015 Washington Youth Soccer Presidents Cup
Champions
GU10 9v9 Div 1: Eastside FC 04 Red
GU11 Div 1: Eastside FC Red A
GU16 Div 2: ISC Gunners Select G98 - Salmon
Finalists
GU11 Div 3: Eastside FC Blue
GU14 Div 1: Eastside FC G00 White B
GU16 Div 2: MIFC Force 98 359/Noren
2015 Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup
Champions
GU12: 2014 BYSC Select GU12 Robinson
GU14: MIFC Maroon 00 384/Hill
G15: Lake Hills Infinity G99
Finalists
BU16: MIFC Whitecaps 98 358/Koning
BU18/19: 2014 Lake Hills Diablos B95
GU12: 2014 Lake Hills Supreme G02