(Jun 25, 2013) Eastside FC’s G98 Red is bringing home the U14 Region IV championship title from Hawaii, and the team couldn’t have scripted a better story of determination and teamwork. Honolulu served as a stunning backdrop for the week-long tournament, June 17-23, which determined which teams represent our region at the US Youth Soccer National Championships July 23-28 in Overland Park, Kansas.
"The girls got stronger as the week went on, and with each game their confidence grew," said their coach, Tom Bialek. The team broke into quarters after an initial 3-0 win against Alaska Rush and two ties, including one 1-1 against Arizona’s Ahwatukee 99 White and another 0-0 against Utah’s La Roca FD, who they were to see again in the finals. "We scored first in every game and never trailed for the whole week. In the semifinals and finals we jumped out to early 2-goal leads which really changed the game dynamics in our favor." Indeed the team built momentum going into the U14 championship match with wins against Colorado Storm and Colorado’s Pride Predators.
In the re-match with Utah’s La Roca FD in the finals, goals by Eastside FC’s Laura Roberts, Jojo Harbor and Makaylie Moore, along with stellar defense by goalkeeper Molly Monroe and players in front of her who helped earn a shutout, sealed the deal. The G98s made a strong 3-0 statement. "The girls worked really hard for each other, and while many players had outstanding individual performances, how they played as a team was the key," said Bialek.
The teams’s former coach, Michelle French, was able to share the win the the girls. "I was very happy that Michelle French was able to attend and watch as she was the coach of this team up until February of this year when she was named the U20 national team coach. Her hard work and dedication over the past 5 years created the foundation for the success we experienced," added Bialek.
For one Eastside FC soccer family, the result will go a long way to maintaining balance at home: two sisters, Kaylene and Tracy Pang are now each going to Nationals with their respective EFC teams. Kaylene is headed to Kansas with the G98s, and Tracy is headed to Florida for the Presidents Cup National Championships with her G95 White team.
Three out of four Eastside FC Teams representing Washington in the Region IV tournament made it through to quarter-finals. Eastside FC’s B94 Red sailed through undefeated in three games of bracket play before falling in a tight 2-3 battle against Boise Nationals Premier in Quarters. The G95 Red team earned two wins the first two days to ensure their spot in Quarters, where they missed out in a 2-1 loss against the local HSC Bulls.