WPFC B99 Black Road to Nationals
Washington Premier Boys 1999 Black
Working Hard to Bring Back the 4th Star to WPFC from the Lone Star State
By: Joseph Martin
@wpfcblack99 Twitter Correspondent
The Washington Premier Football Club Boys 1999 Black team is one of the most successful and decorated teams in the history of WPFC. In fact, in the course of their history, WPFC 1999 Black have won:
- The U-18 United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National League Red Division Championship and will be playing for a U-18 National Championship in July 2017 (Toyota Soccer Center, Frisco, Texas)
- Four Washington State Division One State Cup Championships
- Two USYS Far West Regional League Championships
- Two Northwest Champions League Championships
- Five Regional Club League Division One Championships
The WPFC 99 Black team has been extremely successful over the past six years with a combined record of 197 wins; 34 ties; and 28 losses. According to United States Youth Soccer Rankings (USA) WPFC 99 Black are the #7 nationally ranked BU-18 team in the United States.
The WPFC 99 Black team was coached by Joe Birklid during their U-11 season (State Champions), by Wade Webber from U-12 through U-16 (Two State Championships during the U-13 and U-16 seasons) and currently by Jason Prenovost (defending U-18 State Champions).
Washington Premier FC 1999 Black Team Honors:
2017 BU-18 United States Youth Soccer National League Red Division Champions. Facing the best BU-18 teams in the United States, WPFC 99 Black went 5-1-1 for the USYS National League Tournament which included fixtures in Wilson, North Carolina (December 2016) and Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2017). In their seven National League matches, WPFC 99 Black scored 14 goals and only conceded 4, with 4 shutouts in 7 matches and a 0.57 Goals Against Average. The signature win of the National League tournament was defeating the #1 Ranked BU-18 team in the United States, the Dix Hills Hurricanes (New York) in a nationally broadcasted “USYS Match of the Day.” Mario Vukic scored six goals in seven games, becoming the third leading goal scorer of the BU-18 National League. By winning the National League Red Division, WPFC 99 Black punched their ticket to the USYS National Championship Tournament at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas (July 2017).
2017 BU-18 United States Youth Soccer Far West Regional League Champions. WPFC 99 Black went 6 wins, 1 tie and 0 losses for the tournament, scoring 25 goals and only conceding 4 with 3 shutouts in 6 matches boasting a paltry 0.57 Goals Against Average.
2017 BU-18 Washington Youth Soccer Washington State Cup Champions. WPFC 99 Black went 5 wins and 1 loss for the tournament, scoring 13 goals and only conceding 4 goals with 3 shutouts in 6 matches for a 0.66 Goals Against Average.
When WPFC 1999 Black, won the Division One U18 USYS Washington State Championship in February 2017, it was the 4th State Championship since U-11. With the accomplishment of this latest State Championship, WPFC 99 Black achieved “back-to-back” Washington State Championships and will be looking to “three-peat” this coming season. For WPFC 99 Black Captains Kendall Burks and Jacob Baker, who have played on this team since U-11, this was their 4th Washington State Cup championship.
In a Twitter vote of the “Most Exciting WPFC 99 Black Match of the Season,” the Washington State Championship Tournament semi-final match versus Seattle United 99 Copa (A) was chosen. The match was tied 1-1 after regular and extra time. After 120 minutes, the match went to penalty kicks. Marcus Martin made two penalty kick saves and Teagan Eldridge blasted home the match winner. WPFC 99 Black won this semi-final match over Seattle United in 3-1 in penalties, and then went on to defeat Eastside FC 99 A in the State Championship match the next day 2-1.
Here is the 2016-2017 roster for the WPFC 99 Black team coached by Jason Prenovost: Marcus Martin (#1, GK); Ibrahim Yusuf (#2, D); Tannar Larson (#3, D); Christopher Cho (#4, D); Nick Phillips (#5, MF); Liam Harris (#7, F); Jacob Baker (#8, MF); Sahanie Shell (#9, F); Grant Larson (#10, MF); Mason Joe (#11, D); Mario Vukic (#12, F); Preston Green (#14, D); Reece Zurfluh (#15, F); Teagan Eldridge (#16, MF); Kendall Burks (#17, D); Noah Carver (#18, GK); R.J. Stretch (#19, MF); D.J. Joe (#20, MF).
The hallmark of excellence on the WPFC 99 Black team is been the extremely hard working coaches and players that have dedicated to themselves to excellence and focused on striving for perfection. In my seven years watching this team, I have never seen a player who has been satisfied with his performance. I have always watched players and coaches that are striving to achieve even greater accomplishments. The players on this team not only work extremely hard at team training every day, but also have weekly personal training sessions with private trainers. It is this dedication to excellence that has propelled WPFC 99 Black to achieve many of their lofty goals.
Even with all of this success, hard work and intense challenges lie ahead for WPFC 99 Black with the upcoming June 2017 USYS Regional Championships and the July 2017 USYS National Championships. The team is already back on the pitch at our WPFC Complex on River Road, working hard to bring back the fourth star from the “Lone Star State” to Washington Premier Football Club. Let’s all show our support to WPFC 99 Black in their final season as U-19 footballers for this club. Please follow WPFC 99 Black on Twitter at @wpfcblack99 on their quest to win a National Championship. Let’s go, Premier! Let’s go, WPFC 99 Black!