Fantastic News coming out of Washington State……
Our Class of 2016 Student Athlete Jack Philp has added yet another honour to his already burgeoning collection of medals won on both sides of the Atlantic.
His Kitsap Soccer Club, based in Washington State, has just secured the NPSL Northwest Division Title and with the win, move on to the national play-offs.
It has been a tremendous effort for Jack and his team-mates and they have really gelled on the pitch this summer under the guidance of their manage Roy Lassiter who himself is a former U.S National Team player. His experience has clearly rubbed off on his young charges as they have swept all before them to secure the title.
Edinburgh’s Jack Philp, a student athlete who only joined Hartwick College in New York from our program last summer, has really made a name for himself in America’s far north west. His versatility on the field coupled with his leadership qualities has proved to be a big asset for the Kitsap Pumas this season.
The team secured their title with a gritty 1-0 win over state rivals FC Mulhouse Portland with in form striker Nico D’Amato scoring with a deflected goal from outside the penalty box in the 69th minute.
Captain Chuy Sanchez said of winning the division title. “It’s everything, it’s our first goal……We want to get into the playoffs and go far into it and the first way to do that is to win the division.”
Head coach Roy Lassiter echoed the comments that bigger goals remained: “I’d like to win the whole thing,” he said. “But this is a good step. … There’s more work to be done, there’s more games to play and we’re looking forward to going as far as we can with it.”
The victory ensures Kitsap SC no worse than the No. 3 seed in the NPSL Western Conference. It will likely host either FCM Portland or Sonoma County Sol FC next Saturday in the first week of the playoffs.
Congratulations to Jack and his team-mates from everyone here back at Sporting Futures USA. We are all rooting for you guys in the Play-offs.
Follow Jack and his Kitsap SC Team on their Paly-Off Journey at www.kitsapsoccerclub.com
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