Lindsey Bos played with the Emerald City FC this summer.
July 16, 2012
SEATTLE - Several current and former UW soccer players wrapped up the regular season in their respective summer leagues this past week including junior Molly Boyd.
Boyd played for the expansion Issaquah Soccer Club. Boyd's team was in first place in the Northwest Division entering the final week of the regular season. The top three teams were still in contention for the playoffs as they were all playing each other in the deciding games. Issaquah took on Emerald City FC in both games, tying in both games which allowed the Spokane Shine to advance to the playoffs. However, Monday afternoon the Shine withdrew from the playoffs and Isaaquah has been picked to take their place. Issaquah finished second in the standings with 19 total points and the Emerald City FC was third with 15 points.
Emerald City FC also featured several Huskies in Lindsey Bos, Kelsea Brajkovich, Faustine Dufka, Stine Schoening and Hillary Zevenbergen and former Husky Briana Sweeney. The season is over for both of these teams.
The Seattle Sounders Women finished second in the Western Division behind the Pali Blues and will play the Blues on July 22 in the first round of the playoffs. The Sounders finished the regular season with a 10-3-1 record. Several current and former Huskies are on the team including: Allie Beahan, Kate Deines, Lindsay Elston, Megan Kufeld, Veronica Perez, Annie Sittauer, Hope Solo and Kelli Smith. Solo and other members of Team USA are not currently playing with the Sounders but rather are in London training for the Olympics. Perez leads the team with 24 points and Kufeld is 3-0-0 in goal.
Q&A With Molly Boyd
GoHuskies.com: Since this is a new team, it's your first year with the club. Where did you play before?
Molly Boyd: Before I played with Crossfire for two years and before that I played with Northwest Nationals.
GH: How did you find out about the Issaquah Soccer Club?
MB: Lesle gave us some options of teams to play for over the summer and it was one of the options. I sent them an e-mail saying I was interested in playing and came out to a meet and greet with the coaches and went from there. There are normally tryouts but since there were new coaches it was a different experience.
GH: You are the only player from UW on your team, talk about your teammates?
MB: A lot of the girls are local but attend other universities. We have girls from Seattle U, University of Puget Sound, Seattle Pacific, Northwest University a couple from Missouri, two girls from Trinidad and Tobago and a girl from England. They are from all over so it makes it fun.
GH: How did everyone else find out about the team?
MB: A lot of people are going to graduate school here or have connections and that's how they found the team. Some of them are connected to the coaches so that's how they heard about it.
GH: What is it like to play with completely new players over the summer?
MB: At first it was interesting getting to know all of the players. I had only known three before I joined the team and never played with any of them so the first game was rocky for everyone but as we continued we got better and I enjoyed it. I like all the girls and everyone is really nice. I think it was a good idea to branch out. Usually I just follow other teammates but it was good I was the only one and doing my own thing.
GH: What have you learned from playing with a new team this summer?
MB: The competition in club isn't as high as in college because no one is used to playing together all the time and we even have high school players so the age range varies a lot. It's a good experience to play with different types of players from different countries and see what the different coaches are like. Practices are definitely different with the new coaches. It's nice to see what everyone else is doing and play different formations. We played a formation I had never played, 3-4-3, it's good to get used to it in case we need to use it in college.
GH: How important do you think it is for college athletes to play in summer leagues?
MB: I've had a good experience. I thought it was fun and brought back the love of the game and the good things and got me excited for this upcoming season at UW.
GH: How is the training in club different from college?
MB: We do completely different drills. I don't think they are as intense as at UW. All coaches have a different style. We would practice four days and then have a game on Friday and have the weekend off.