(Mar 28, 2017) Eastside FC's Coach Porter Lombard is one of the good guys. He knows that the soccer pitch is great place "to teach challenging life lessons in less than a real world environment." He knows there's life after competitive soccer, and the lessons learned while playing competitively stay with his former players as they go on to college, to tackle challenges and accomplish great things throughout their lives. Maybe the broader perspective is what makes Lombard a great coach who gets results on the pitch, having led youth teams to a dozen Washington state championships and beyond, and having helped dozens of players find their way to play on college teams.
Last weekend Eastside FC's G99 White team, coached by Lombard, stepped up to take first place in the top GU18 division of the 2017 Phoenix Desert Cup. The team took the championship in stunning fashion, against strong club teams from Arizona, Vancouver, Canada, and Utah, with four consecutive shutouts and a total of seven goals scored. College coaches were in attendance, allowing the girls an ideal platform to showcase their skills.
The win came as no surprise to Lombard, who points out, "The team's strength comes from the girls supporting each other through good times and bad. They've enjoyed a great year with Regionals in Colorado, the Gothia Cup in Sweden, and now a fun-in-the-sun Phoenix trip." In fact, the girls made it into the quarterfinals of the 2016 Presidents Cup Region IV tournament at GU16. They went as far as the quarterfinals in the 2016 Gothia Cup in Sweden, where 80 G16 teams from 13 countries were represented.
Click here for complete 2017 GU18 Phoenix Desert Cup Results.