It was pretty simple.
In the years prior to 2012, soccer in Columbia County was a Fall sport. It was played from late-August until the end of October. Those players who wanted to continue to play soccer had to travel into Portland or Hillsboro for it. Added to that was the $1,600+ that the bigger clubs charged everyone to play.
We thought we could do it better. For less. Locally.
So we did.
In 2012 we created a small club, for competitive, year-round soccer that was just $275 it's first year. We had nationally licensed coaches, and a small, experimental group of 12 year old girls that wanted to play soccer. We held try outs and selected the best 18 players from Scappoose and St Helens and in May 2012, FC Columbia County was born.
And it worked. Very well.
In 2013 we added three more girls teams, and a boys team. Our coaching staff grew. We worked with the St Helens recreational program to develop those coaches, and struck a uniform deal with a Portland-based retailer.
In 2014 the club won it's first tournament at the Mt Hood Challenge, and followed it up again a few months later with a victory at the Cowlitz Cup in Longview.
In the Spring of 2014, we noticed there was a problem with the St Helens Rec program. A big problem.
We had to help out.