Eagles kick Knights to the curb, 3-0

October 15, 2008

By Derek Johnson

 

By Derek Johnson

 

On a crisp and clear October evening, Issaquah High School’s soccer team made a good showing. Led by scores from Margaret Rauch, Lindsay Stoll and Kristen “Bobo” Maris, the Eagles downed the Newport Knights 3-0 at Issaquah Stadium Oct. 7.

The victory improved Issaquah’s record to 4-1-1 in KingCo 4A and 6-2-2 overall. The loss left Newport at 3-2-0, 5-4-1.

In the game’s opening minutes, Eagle coach Tom Bunnell was animated while communicating with his squad. At one point, several players from both teams were bunched in front of Newport’s goal while battling for the ball. As a shot went awry and bounded out of bounds, Bunnell bent to the waist in anguish. He pulled at his short blond hair with both hands, before returning upright and shouting, “Put those away!”

But on this night, it was inevitable that Issaquah would soon break the ice. The Eagles’ initial goal came with 9:34 left in the first half, on a header by Lindsay Stoll that found its way past the goalie and into the net. The second came from Maris, again from close range, to put the Eagles up 2-0. 

The final tally came late in the game when Margaret Rauch broke into the clear, blasted the ball past the goalie and was quickly besieged by exuberant teammates. 

“The Newport girl misplayed the ball,” Bunnell said. “Margaret took off in space and had a strong finish. It’s great that we were able to capitalize there.”

A key component to the night was Issaquah senior Jaci Belur. The Eagles’ first two scores stemmed from her corner kicks. Teammates were quick to give her credit.

“Jaci had a perfect corner kick,” Stoll said. “It was a set play and she put the ball right where it needed to be.”

“It’s all in the timing,” Maris added. “She’s such a huge factor in what we do.”

One thing that stood out in comparing the two teams was Issaquah’s more aggressive philosophy. When Newport got into tight situations, the Knights continuously kicked the ball out of bounds to reset the situation. Issaquah, on the other hand, used its team speed to consistently attack on both offense and defense. The Eagles constantly tried to pluck the ball away on defense, and launched full-scale assaults on the opponent’s goal.

“We should finish strong,” Bunnell said. “It’s something we emphasize all the time. When we’re in there attacking, we stress being deadly, dangerous and causing a ruckus.”

At the game’s conclusion, the only mystery seemed to be the origin of Kristen Maris’ nickname, “Bobo.”

“There’s no way I’m answering that question,” she said. “Nobody here knows what it means. Let’s just say that it goes back to my childhood, and leave it at that.”

Reach Interim Sports Reporter Derek Johnson at 392-6434, ext. 236, or ip-sports@isspress.com.

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