Regional athletic facility moves toward construction

July 1, 2014

The King County Council has approved an amended-use agreement with the Eastside Football Club on the construction of athletic fields at Preston Fields and Community Park.

“I’m so pleased that this new step is moving forward,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, sponsor of the legislation and the member who represents the neighborhood, said in a news release. “I know the fields that have been completed are used heavily and this new third field will be, too. It’s great that we can support our county’s many youth soccer players.”

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Eastside FC Girls win championship

August 7, 2012

The Eastside FC Girls G00 White team won the Adidas Beaverton Cup.

The tournament included 273 youth soccer teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

The girls took three straight matches to qualify for the playoffs, where they defeated Hillsboro SC Pumas, 6-2, in the finals.

Eastside FC, coached by Scott Ford, went 5-0-0 in the tournament, outscoring their opponents 26-6.

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Local youth soccer players shine all the way to nationals

July 3, 2012

Midfielder Giovanni Sanchez, of Issaquah, evades Concorde Fire’s defense during a March 23 game in Las Vegas. Eastside FC went on to finish the game with a 2-0 win against the 2011 National Champs. Photo courtesy of Eastside FC

While the high school soccer season has long been over, local members of the Eastside FC 94 Red team still have a full dance card.

After defeating 63 teams to take the Washington State Cup championship for the sixth time in nearly as many years and winning the US Youth Soccer National League Red Division, the players are busy gearing up for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 24-29.

“We were all celebrating and jumping up and down,” said Kaleb Strawn, a senior at Skyline High School and a defender for Eastside FC. “It felt good that all our hard work throughout the year paid off and we made it to our main goal of the season.”

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Soccer tournament to raise funds for fields in Africa

May 1, 2012

Cliff McCrath is surrounded by soccer players in Ethiopia, Africa, in 2009. Contributed

On a 2009 trip to Africa, longtime local soccer coach Cliff McCrath was inspired to improve the lives of teenagers there. Founder of the nonprofit organization Soccer Saves, McCrath partnered with Save the Children in order to visit there.

Fast-forward to today. The Bellevue-based Soccer Saves is hosting a 3 v 3 soccer tournament June 3 at the Preston Park Athletic fields. All funds generated will go directly to build a soccer field and a community- center clubhouse for disadvantaged youths near Cape Town, South Africa.

The top four teams in each age bracket will advance to the 3 v 3 Challenge National Tournament, to be held in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Florida from Aug. 3-5.

The Soccer Saves 3 v 3 tournament is the only qualifying tournament in the Pacific Northwest for the 3 v 3 Challenge National Tournament.

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Eastside FC U-18 team wins tournament

August 30, 2011

Garrett deCillia, Spencer Spears and Michael Roberts, all of Issaquah, helped the Eastside FC BU 18 Red team win the 2011 Puma Pacific Coast Challenge Tournament Aug. 28 in Bellingham. The Eastside FC team defeated Three Rivers United, of Tri-Cities, 3-1 in the title game.

Last year, Three Rivers defeated the Eastside FC team in the semifinals.

Last February, Eastside FC rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to beat Three Rivers 3-2 in the state tournament title game at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.

Coaches Kyle Tatro and Mark Kovats are Issaquah residents.

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Kasen Williams earns national male athlete of the year title

July 5, 2011

Kasen Williams, Skyline High School’s three-sport star, earned yet another honor last week when he was selected as’s 2010-11 National Male Athlete of the Year.

Williams, bound for the University of Washington on a football scholarship, had an amazing senior year. He won three titles at the Class 4A state track and field championships in May.

Williams set a record in the triple jump by going 50 feet, 9 1/4 inches. It was the third best mark in the nation this spring. He also won the long jump by going 24-5 1/4 and the high jump at 6-10.

During the winter, Williams earned all-KingCo Conference 4A first-team honors by leading the Spartans in scoring (12.3) and rebounding (9.3).

Last fall, the 6-foot-3 receiver hauled in 86 passes for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns. On defense, he added 89 tackles and four interceptions from his safety position. He earned first-team All-America honors from MaxPreps and was the Parade Magazine National Player of the Year.

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Offering water aid in Ethiopia, one drop at a time

March 1, 2011

Giuliana Sercu uses a piece of cloth to carry water several miles to a village. Many Ethiopian women and children living in villages spend most of their time carrying water instead of going to school or working. By Susan Sercu

Instead of going to school, many Ethiopian girls carry water for miles — water used for washing, bathing, cooking and drinking.

Giuliana Sercu, a 12-year-old girl from Issaquah visiting Ethiopia with her mother and cousin, partly filled a 10-gallon jug and carried it on her back, wrapped around her body with a piece of cloth during her Feb. 4-13 trip to Ethiopia.

“It was really heavy,” Giuliana said. “Mine wasn’t even a third of the way full and it was totally heavy for me.”

The muddy water wasn’t even clean, but it was the closest water source to the village. By working with Water 1st International and Water Action, Giuliana and her family journeyed to Ethiopia with two missions in mind: learn about the culture and bring clean water to people in need.

“I think that clean drinking water is a right for everyone and I think it’s awful that some people don’t have it and I want to change that,” Giuliana said.

Giuliana learned about Water 1st last year, when the nonprofit organization visited her sixth-grade class at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

At school, she learned 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide and 2.5 billion people lack even a simple toilet. About 5 million people — most of them children under 5 — die from water related illnesses, such as diarrhea.

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Gold Star

January 18, 2011

Eastside FC takes on Eastside hunger

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The girls playing for the Eastside Premier Soccer Club joined forces for a Halloween food drive, challenging their rival teams to see who had the most giving spirit. Coach Dan Bubar’s G’97 Blue girls team won the challenge for the second year in a row. Coach Tom Turner’s G’97 White team took second place. Read more

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Gold Star

September 14, 2010

Soccer girls net profit

Riley Dean and Jessica Freeman

Riley Dean and Jessica Freeman spent the last days of their summer vacation baking treats for a bake sale. The girls made more than $440 at the Issaquah Farmers Market on Aug. 28.

They plan to donate the money to Soccer Saves, an organization committed to creating healthy lifestyles for disadvantaged youth. Soccer Saves partners with global humanitarian organizations working to provide HIV/AIDS education, nutrition and gender equality and to decrease gang violence by using the power of soccer.

Both Dean and Freeman play soccer for GU-13, an Eastside FC team. They know that $50 buys a Soccer Saves child admission for a year, meaning they just raised enough money to help eight players.

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Northwest signs Issaquah grad

August 10, 2010

Issaquah High School graduate Elissa King has signed a national letter of intent with Northwest University to play on the women’s soccer team.

King is a transfer from the University of Portland. She will be a sophomore academically and has freshman athletic eligibility status.

King, who played soccer at Issaquah and was named a scholar athlete, also played club soccer for the Eastside Football Club.

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