(Feb 21, 2017) Speaking of his Eastside FC 2000 Red team's history at the Presidents' Day Tournament (PDT) in Arizona, Coach Mark Kovats told us, "After losing in a PK shootout last year at this same tournament, our team felt like it had something to prove." Apparently that was the motivation the team needed.
Over 400 boys' and girls' teams and 270 college coaches from 26 states converged on Phoenix for the SC del Sol 38th Annual PDT that wrapped up yesterday. Washington state teams were well represented, including at least eight from Eastside FC. Of those, five boys' teams and one girls' finished as semifinalists or better, and Eastside FC's B00 Red earned top honors, winning the BU17 Red Premier Division.
After a solid 3-0 victory versus a side from Pennsylvania, then falling in a tight 1-0 battle against home-team SC del Sol on Saturday, our U17 boys had to win their third match to stay in the hunt, but, "Heavy rains canceled our Sunday game and we were forced to settle the result with PK's against Colorado Rush Select," explained Coach Kovats. "Connor McCabe, our keeper, saved 2 PK's and we earned a berth in the final against Rio Rapids of New Mexico. The final was a tough game in which we were brilliant defensively. Paolo Colello converted a free kick from a wide angle to seal the result in our favor," he said.
"The players and their families had a great weekend in Phoenix despite the weather and now head off to high school soccer to represent their schools," said Kovats. The high-school-age boys of Eastside FC just wrapped up their season with the Washington Youth Soccer State Cup tournaments and formed new teams for the 2017-2018 season prior to Presidents' Day weekend.
Following are Eastside FC teams' results for the tournament:
- Eastside FC B00 Red, BU17 Red Showcase Champions
- Eastside FC B01 Red, BU16 Red Showcase Semifinalist (3rd)
- Eastside FC B01 White, BU16 Blue Showcase Semifinalist (3rd)
- Eastside F G02 Red, GU15 White Showcase Semifinalist (tied for 3rd)
- Eastside FC B05 Red, BU12 Red Premier Semifinalist (4th)
- Eastside FC B05 White, BU12 White Premier Semifinalist (4th)
Click here for complete SC del Sol Presidents' Day Tournament (PDT) 2017 results.