(Pictured above from left to right Seth Spidahl, Derek Abdella, Club President Peter Eckblad, and board of directors Dave Nelson and Ian Whiting)
The first player/coach game featuring players from our BU18 teams and members of our coaching staff was a huge success. Thanks to all the fans and supporters that came out for the evening to see both the players and coaches showcase their skills. The white team took a 1-0 lead into halftime only to see the black team charge back in the second half and win the game 4-1. Tracy and Derek Abdella were the lucky members and winner of one month of dues.
The Black Team Coaches: Seth Spidahl, Peter Voiles, Jay Petit, Kate Green, Kim Calkins, Greg Howes, Tim Bartro, Abdella Hussen and college alumni Braden Stepp from Whitworth College. The black team was successfully coached by Aaron Kimura.
The White Team Coaches: Wade Webber, Bryan Yorke, Dennis Pichette, Henry Robicheau, Joe Birklid, Joe Waters, Jimmy Fioretti, Jeff Russ, Willy Leiste and were coached by John Yorke and Steve Tollan as SAQ coach.
WPFC had multiple teams competing out of state over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
On the boys side we had our U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-18 Black teams along with our U-17 White teams competing in a WCDA event in Las Vegas. Here are the results from what looks like a very successful weekend:
1996 Black: Coached by John York
3-2 vs Downtown LVSC
5-1 vs Albion SC
0-2 FC Boulder 2
1999 Black: Coached by Wade Webber
4-1 vs. San Diego SC
2-0 vs. Arsenal Colorado
2-2 vs. Carlsbad Elite
1998 Black: Coached by Wade
0-2 vs. NM Rush
2-2 vs. San Diego SC
7-0 vs. Arsenal Colorado
1997 White: Coached by Abdella Hussen
2-2 vs FC Supernova Idaho
2-1 vs SC Del Sol Arizona
3-2 vs LA Roca Utah
1997 Black: Coached by Greg Howes
2-4 vs DMS 11 Academy
0-2 vs Carlsbad Elite
4-2 win over NM Rush
2000 Black: Coached Greg Howes
5-1 vs La Roca (UT)
4-1 vs Carlsbad Elite
1-2 vsDowntown LVSC
5-0 San Diego SC
On the girls side we had our 98 and 97 Black teams competing in San Diego. 98s played in the WCDA showcase at Albion and the 97s played in the November Nights Showcase in Carlsbad....below are the results:
98 Black: Coached by Kim Calkins:
1 win; 2 losses; 1 tie
Two players played in the WCDA All-Star game: Sam Putnam had two assists for one of the teams and Taylor Crawford had two goals for the other team. Final score was 3-3.
97 Black: Coached by Joe Jordan:
0-1 vs to L.A. Premier
1-2 vs to South Valley F.C.
0-0 tie to Diablo F.C.
Various members of our coaching staff are now offering personal training sessions for interested individuals. Players who are willing to push themselves can make huge strides with extra work and individual training. For more information please contact one of our qualified staff members below; each coaches bio can be accessed by clicking the link associated with his/her name. All arrangements are between parents and the coach selected.
(206) 861-9977 - cell
Fryer, Griffith, & Udovich Selected To HS All-American Game
Giving WPFC The Most Selections In The State
WPFC '96 ECNL players Lyrik Fryer, Liz Griffith, and Jess Udovich along with thirty-nine of the nation’s elite girl’s high school soccer players from fall playing states will take part in the Second Annual High School All-American Game on December 13, 2014 in Raleigh, NC and will be broadcast live on NSCAATV.com. The players selected are seniors who have finished their high school careers and represented their high school teams during the fall season. These players have achieved many regional and national awards and will attend some of the top universities across the country.
The game is being held the same weekend and in the same proximity as the men’s NCAA Division I College Cup. The participants arrive on Thursday, December 11th and will attend the semi-final games of the College Cup on December 12th and will also have the opportunity to attend the national championship on December, 14th.
The players are chosen based on their career high school achievements only and must have played their senior season in High School. A list of participants is below and can also be found on the website under the 2014 girl’s rosters tab.
The event is being sponsored in part by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Adidas, Noxin Trucking, and Soccer.com. If you would like to inquire about being a sponsor or to advertise in the program, you can contact Eric Stratman at 217-257-1103.
Eight of the nation’s elite coaches will also take part in the game West All-American coaches: Frank Dixon – Carmel High (Carmel, IN.), Debra LaPrath – Maria Carillo High (Santa Rosa, CA.), Pat McDonald – Montgomery High (Santa Rosa, CA.), and Lee Mitchell – Alta High (Alta, UT.)
East All-American coaches: Tara Madigan – Northern Highlands (Allendale, NJ.), Shannon McEntee – South Side High (Rockville Centre, NY), Dino McIntyre – Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), and Dave Prutting – St. Anthony’s High (Melville, NY.)
Going to college. Going to the NCAA soccer tournament.
In the fall of 2011, WPFC Alumnus Evan Robicheau was still figuring out the former when the Seattle Pacific Falcons earned an opportunity to do the latter.
Fast forward to this fall. Robicheau on his way to completing challenging courses of study in business / finance..
And the nationally ranked Falcons, for whom Robicheau is one of two seniors among the 24 players, are on the way to their fourth straight NCAA Division II men's tournament.
Evan Robicheau and his fellow defenders have factored into 10 shutouts this season. "I was kind of surprised to make it to every single postseason, but it has been a great pleasure going every year," said Robicheau, a solid 6-foot, 175-pound defender who has been part of a back four that has allowed just eight goals in 18 games. "My freshman year, I wasn't as focused on postseason. Coming into college, it was a new scene, a new experience, something I'd never lived through before – my mind was elsewhere.
"It wasn't until my sophomore or junior year that I started to take soccer seriously."
That perfect 4-for-4 postseason possibility – coming after the Falcons had missed four straight NCAAs – was foremost in Russell's mind from that day in 2011 when he arrived on campus from Garfield High School in central Seattle.
"We set the bar high freshman year, and it's something we've really worked hard to live up to," said Russell, a 5-11 forward with five goals this season and 12 for his career. "Getting into the tournament is something we expected ourselves to do. We would have been disappointed if we hadn't."
Ranked No. 4 in the country and No. 1 in the West, SPU did more than just get into the tournament. It's a host school for the regionals. The Falcons will put their 15-1-2 record, and indeed, their entire season, on the line Saturday night when they tangle with Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Northwest Nazarene in a second-round game.
Certainly, the Falcons will be familiar with the Crusaders. They split a pair of regular-season games, each winning 1-0 at home on a set piece.
In fact, those two goals this fall – one off of a free kick for SPU in Seattle, the other off a penalty kick for Northwest Nazarene in Nampa – are the only two scores between the teams for their past six games.
"We know what we're up against and we know what we have to do," Russell said.
JUST GETTING THE JOB DONE
Whether he's on the field earning all-conference honors, in class working their way toward GNAC All-Academic awards, or merely sitting and having a conversation, Evan comes across as articulate, intelligent, and businesslike.
What he doesn't bring is flash, dash – or brash. That's one of the reasons Falcons head coach Mark Collings brought him into his program, and believed he could do exactly what he has done:
Get SPU back into the national picture year in and year out.
"We knew we were getting two high-character kid whom we felt we could build something around," Collings said. "It was a small (recruiting) class, so we knew we had to get a couple guys who would stick around and help lead the program.
"Robicheau is guy who show up and do what he needs to do," Collings added. "He is their for his teammates and there for the coaches."
That means staying at home in the back to help keep opponents off the scoreboard. Not only have the Falcons yielded a mere eight goals – never more than one to any team – they also have 10 clean sheets.
Evan Robicheau one of only two seniors on the SPU squad. "We set a goal of getting 10 shutouts this season, and we hit our mark with that," said Robicheau, who wanted to play close to home so his family could make the 35-mile trip north from Puyallup to watch him. "All around, our defense has just been really focused. We're really using a lot of communication during the game and focusing on the field of play."
"It's the confidence we have in our system," Robicheau said. "When something doesn't go our way, everyone is just relaxed and gets even more focused."
Collings would like nothing more than to see his senior stalwart stretch his career beyond Saturday – or even beyond next week.
"If you could write a script for senior year, it obviously could get a little better," he said in reference to the possibility of a deep postseason run. "But it doesn't get much better than this year."
Unless, of course, it's four years in a row to the NCAA Tournament.
Robicheau has made the most of collegiate career:
4 year starter
Team Captain, Senior year
GNAC ALL-Academic - 3 years
GNAC All Conference Honorable Mention
Team came out of the Western Conference with the #1 Seed
Currently helping lead the defensive 5 (4 plus GK) into a ranking of 5th in the nation in team goals against .44
WPFC Technical Director, Seth Spidahl was named Coach of the Year, the first time a PLU coach has received the honor since Colleen Hacker in 1992. WPFC Alumnae Kaylie Rozell and Kelly White were selected all-conference first team, while Lauren Larson earned second-team recognition.
The Lutes concluded the 2014 season last weekend, falling in their final two road matches to Willamette and Linfield. Even with the season-ending defeats PLU posted its best record in 20 years with a 14-5-1 mark and tallied a program-best 12 conference wins to tie for second place in the NWC standings. That finish was the highest conference ranking since 1994.
"I'm really proud of the team," Spidahl said. "We just kind of ran out of gas. Three consecutive weekends down in Oregon, mixed in with an emotional UPS home win just was a lot to ask. It was gut-wrenching a little bit not to be able to finish what we started, but I'm super proud of the team."
The Lutes' historic year carried over into the postseason recognition, as PLU placed three players on the all-conference first team for the first time since 1997. White earned first-team honors after being named to the second team last season, scoring three goals and adding one assist while anchoring a defense that led the NWC with only 10 goals allowed and 12 shutouts.
"Kelly was a mainstay in the back," Spidahl said. "All of our back four – Lena, Megan and Nicoya – were strong, but Kelly was certainly our leader back there."
After tying for the team lead with seven goals last season to earn first-team recognition as a freshman, Rozell became the first PLU repeat first-teamer since Stumbaugh in 1994-95. She tied for second on the team with six goals, including three game-winners, and has now earned first-team all-conference recognition in each of her first two seasons at PLU. Last season she became the Lutes' first first-teamer since 2005.
Larson returned to the NWC second team for the second time in three years after injuries limited her 2013 campaign. The junior forward led PLU and tied for third in the NWC with eight goals while tying for the team lead with 3 game-winners.
"She worked hard over the summer, and it paid off and she got rewarded and recognized by the coaches," Spidahl said of Larson regaining her all-conference form.
Looking for a great way to get extra work to sharpen your skills for the upcoming Winter season? Then the WPFC Winter Academy is for you. The program is ideal for 6-13 year-old players who are looking to improve their fundamental mastery of the ball. Registration is closed, WPFC would like to thank to all who registered for this event.
2014 WPFC Jr. Program Player Placement Information
MESSAGE FROM TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, SETH SPIDAHL
At Washington Premier F.C. we are committed to providing the best for our players and their families; the best training environment and facilities, coaching, competition, and customer service. The children who join our club will not only have the opportunity to reach their potential as athletes, but will also be expected to remain strong students and leaders in their community. We thank you for your interest and look forward to working with you.
The Junior Program is designed for recreational players that are interested in playing in a more soccer-intensive environment. The focus will be on skill development in a fun and competitive in environment.
SPRING SESSION DETAILS
REGISTRATION OPENS: 10/24/14
WHO: Boys & Girls U-8 and U-9 Players based on 2014/15 age groups.
PROGRAM COST: $450.00/Player
$100 due when you register
(2) equal payments (1/26/15 & 2/26/15)
DISCOUNT OFFER FOR EARLY REGISTRATION: Register before January 1, 2015 and receive $25.00 off your registration. Enter coupon code JRSPRING14
(coupon code is case sensitive)
Professional Coaches (WPFC Staff)
2 weekly training sessions
Jamboree games on Sundays with other RCL clubs
Field use and league fees
SEASON LENGTH: Early February through Mid-April
TEAM PLACEMENT NIGHT: TBD at WPFC complex at 5702 44th St. E, Puyallup, WA 98371
REGISTRATION: Go to washingtonpremierfc.com, click on Resource Center, then click on Register for a Program and follow the system prompts.
WPFC Finishing School Train with USSF "A" License Coach Greg Howes
Early Bird Discounts and Space is limited
WPFC Finishing School will consist of 4-1 hour technical training sessions specifically designed to increase a players ability and cnfidence in front of the goal. WPFCs Youth Director, GregHowes will lead the sessions. During Gregs professional career, he earned many playing honors including Rookie of the Year for being the Sounders high scorer. The school will cover the various techniques and thoughts needed to be a clinical goal scorer. The main focus is to improve the players ball striking and overall skill to create and finish goal-scoring opportunities. this will be achieved through repetitions of game-like situations in the attacking 3rd
Players will be placed in training groups based on ability and level of play. Each group will be tailored to the level of each group. Player to Coach ratio max 10:1. All sessions will be conducted at WPFC's complex located at 5702 44th Street E., Puyallup, WA 98371.
Space is limited, only 20 players per group
Friday, Nov. 7th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, Nov.. 14th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, Nov. 21st
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 5th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost (includes WPFC Finishing School T-shirt): WPFC Members $65.00.
($85.00 if registering after 10/31)
Non WPFC members $80.00
($100.00 if registering after 10/31)
FOR ALL BOYS/GIRLS 9-18 YEARS OF AGE
Team qualifies for National NPL Tournament in Indianapolis, IN
WPFC's B98 Black team were crowned champions of the NPL tournament last Saturday by defeating Crossfire ADP Foundation 98's by a score of 2/0. Premier's 98 team went 4-0 in the tournament shutting out all teams and ending with 13 goals for and 0 against. Before playing Crossfire Foundation, they had previously defeated Washington Timbers, FC Portland, and XIFA. The WPFC B98 team will be representing the club and the state in the national tournament located in Indianapolis in July 2015. Congratulations boys!
After a pair of impressive road victories to open CAA play, the Northeastern women's soccer team (7-3-2, 2-0-0 CAA) was honored in the conference weekly awards on Monday. WPFC alumna/Husky sophomore Mackenzie Dowd was named the CAA Player of the Week. Dowd was impressive on both sides of the ball last week, turning in two goals, including the game-winner at William & Mary on Friday, while helping the NU defense post its eighth and ninth shutouts of the season. The Huskies' ninth shutout, which came after a 4-0 win at Elon on Sunday, broke a single-season program record and surpassed the previous best of eight clean-sheets set in both 2000 and 2006. Dowd's goal at William & Mary on Friday came in the 80th minute and gave Northeastern a 1-0 win, its first-ever road victory against the Tribe. The Gig Harbor, Washington, native then struck again on Sunday, netting the Huskies' second goal in the 48th minute against Elon.
A day after being named the CAA Player of the Week, Mackenzie Dowd was also honored once again as the TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week, the website announced Tuesday. Dowd also landed a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week as a result.
WPFC Alumnus/Husky striker Darwin Jones has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday. The senior scored three goals over the weekend as the Huskies defeated No. 13 California and No. 18 Stanford.
Thursday, Jones scored twice in Washington's 3-2 win over Cal. He started off the scoring for the Huskies, tying the score at 1-1 with a cracker of a free kick. Jones bent a low drive around the wall just inside the near post for a goal from 28 yards. Later, Jones gave the Huskies the lead when he finished a nice through ball from Ian Lange.
Sunday, Jones put away Washington's 3-1 win over Stanford with the game's final goal. Jones took a loose ball at the top of the box and dipped a high shot over the Cardinal goalkeeper.
Jones now has eight goals on the season, already surpassing his total from last season. He has also added four assists and now ranks third in the Pac-12 in points and second in goals.
Jones has led the Husky offense that now ranks fourth in the country with 2.60 goals per game. The Dawgs have won seven in a row and at 9-1-0 were ranked as the No. 1 team in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Jones becomes the second Husky to win Pac-12 Player of the Week, joining Josh Heard last week.
Becca Cates '93, Stephanie Hamilton '93, Bree Jones '92, Katherine Miccile '92, Sierra Shugarts '95,
Nationally ranked Western Washington University (WWU) is unbeaten with an overall record of 11-0-2. WWU, ratned No.19 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, remain first in the GNAC standings at 7-0-2. Currently the Vikings have five WPFC Alumnae rostered #24 Sophomore Midfileder Becca Coates, #22 Junior Forward/Midfielder Stephanie Hamilton, #9 Senior Defender Brianna Jones, #21 Senior Defender Katherine Miccile, and #8 Freshman Defender Sierra Shugarts; with next years recruits already commited, WWU will add two additional current WPFC players Jeannie Oak '96 and Gabby Pelosi '96 to the mix. All five WWU Vikings came through our ECNL program and have been quite impressive thus far in their collegiate careers. Also all the girls were coached by retired "Legend" Brian VanBlommestein and current '96 assistant Jeff Russ. Congratulations alumnae on all your accomplishments on and off the pitch!