Issaquah Soccer Club debuts Women’s Premier Soccer League teams

June 12, 2012

By Brandon Adam

The Issaquah Soccer Club is promoting two new Women’s Premier Soccer League teams.

One team is playing while the other is provisional but still practices with the club.

The club is off to a promising start of the season, winning two of its first games.

The team premiered with a home game win May 25, 3-0, against Eugene Metro.

The team enjoyed its latest victory June 1 against the Portland Rain, 2-0, at Skyline High School.

The staff and players of the new team are optimistic about the club’s season.

“I think it’s going great,” mid‐fielder Rosie Jaye said. “I think we have a lot of potential as long as we can start to bond and communicate.”

Jaye is a college student attending the University of the Puget Sound, majoring in business.

Another local player on the club is forward Theresa Henle, a graduate of Issaquah High School and also a student at University of Puget Sound.

“We have a lot of players from different schools and it’s fun to get them altogether and start playing,” Henle said.

Many of the players and staff come from diverse areas and age groups. The club consists of three international players; the ages of the team players range between 18 and 30.

Forward Maylee Attin-Johnson, from Trinidad and Tobago, is one of the international players; she scored the first goal minutes into the first half of the match against the Portland Rain.

“It looks promising,” president of the club Bret Knutson said regarding the season. “Coach Redwine is doing a good job.”

Head coach Erin Redwine is new to the club.

Redwine is a graduate from Issaquah High school as well as the head coach for Northwest University. She also has a semi-professional athletic history playing with the Women’s League Seattle Sounders.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Redwine said regarding the team’s progress. “I feel like there’s no limit.”

Director Jimmy Ball said he feels passionate about what the team represents in the Issaquah area.

“I just want the young girls of this area to see that in soccer you can play at every level and have the opportunities to play at stadiums full of people,” he said.

Redwine is also positive about the team’s influence on Issaquah’s youth.

“I think it’s exciting for the chance for these young girls to look up to first-class athletes,” Redwine said.

The soccer club is also increasing in popularity.

“Every time we have a game, more and more people are coming out,” said Kim Tate, social media and public relations associate. “Our social media presence is growing more every week, which is good because it is the best form of marketing right now.”

Tate said she hopes the club can promote a positive image to the Issaquah community. She believes that the mission of the club is to unite the people of Issaquah by attending games.

“If I were to create a message right here, right now, on the spot, it would be to better the community and the lives of Issaquah through the game and community involvement,” she said.

Though the club is having a strong start to the season, the challenge to overcome so far is the team’s diversity. Many of the athletes come from rival schools.

“A lot of these girls are competitors throughout the year,” Redwine said. “They battle most of the year and they’re coming together as teammates.”

Jaye said she feels the team is improving in camaraderie.

“I feel like we’re the underdogs in this league because we have not had much time to get to know each other,” she said. “I think Erin’s doing a really great job bringing a lot of the new girls together.”

Players and staff members said they appreciate the coaching of Redwine and her ability to bring cohesion to the team.

“Erin’s awesome, everybody loves her,” Henle said. “She’s great to be able to train with. She’s done a good job of recruiting girls.”

The club’s next home game will be June 15, against the Spokane Shine at Issaquah High School. Adult tickets can be purchased for $5 at the gate. Tickets for kids 6 and younger are free. Players already registered with the club get a free season pass.

Brandon Adam: 392-6434 or isspress@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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