Mercer Island Youth Soccer Club Alumni get State Awards and National Recognition

Mercer Island Youth Soccer Club alum Corey Goelz was recently named to the Class 3A All-State girl's high school soccer team. The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association announced its 2012 All-State Fall Soccer Teams last week. The teams are voted on by WSSCA members and other high school coaches across the state of Washington.

Goelz, a goalkeeper for the Mercer Island High School girls' team that advanced to the state playoffs this past fall, started her soccer career with the Mercer Island Youth Soccer Club (MIYSC). She spent several years developing her skills in such MIYSC programs as Sunday Skills, Friday Night Lights, Spring Training, and Summer Skills. In addition, her team training was conducted by her MIYSC coaches and the soccer professionals from the International Academy of Soccer. Goelz moved to MIYSC's sister organization, Eastside FC, to continue her soccer development and compete at the highest Premier level of soccer in Washington State. She currently is the starting keeper for the Eastside FC GU18 Red squad. Goelz has accepted a scholarship to continue her soccer career next fall at Pomona College in Los Angeles.

Congratulations also go out to MIHS Seniors Laura Harrison (2nd team - midfielder) and Marissa Hammerstrom (Honorable Mention -forward). Both started their soccer careers or spent time in the MIYSC program before moving on to local Premier soccer clubs. In addition, Marissa has coached girl's teams for MIYSC for the past several years. When asked about the coaching experience, she said "the young girls really connect with a high school role model. It's been a lot of fun coaching them". Marissa plans to play for Occidental College this fall.

The recognition for Goelz, Harrison and Hammerstrom comes on the heels of another MIYSC and Eastside FC alum getting national recognition. Gatorade annually recognizes one athlete from each state as the outstanding player. For 2012, Jordan Morris was named Gatorade Washington State Boys Player of the Year for all high school classifications. Morris earned the award last spring for his play during Mercer Island High School's run to a 2nd place finish in the state tournament. Morris, a senior at MIHS this year, is currently playing for the Seattle Sounders Reserve team and has accepted a scholarship to play for Stanford University next fall. "Jordan has been absolutely excellent this year for the Sounders Academy. Building on his work in Eastside Football Club, Jordan is among the scoring leaders in the US Soccer Development Academy, but more importantly, he is a great young man off the field representing the soccer community as a great ambassador" says Darren Sawatzky, Director of Youth Development for Sounders FC. "We are excited to see him grow at Stanford"

The Mercer Island Youth Soccer Club is a charitable and educational organization formed to develop and promote physical and mental fitness, sportsmanship, skill development, citizenship, and teamwork for the boys and girls of our community under nineteen years of age through participation in the game of soccer. The Club has been providing soccer opportunities to the youth of Mercer Island for over 35 years and has nearly 1,000 players in its Recreational programs. In addition, Mercer Island FC, MIYSC's Select program, consistently produces some of the top Club Select teams in the state. This past season, MIFC produced two state champions and two runner-up placing's among its Select teams. MIYSC is a chartered club under Eastside Youth Soccer Association whose Regional Club League team is Eastside FC.