Loss drops Eagles from first place

October 13, 2009

By Staff

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Patriots midfielder Kimi Fry (left) fights off Mount Si’s Alexis Pearlstein. Both players ended the night with yellow cards. By Dan Catchpole

It’s always a big game when the Skyline and Issaquah high school girls soccer teams meet. How big? In each of the past three years, the winner of the Skyline-Issaquah regular season game has gone on to win the state championship.

Skyline might have taken a big step in the direction of defending its 4A state title Oct. 8 when the host Spartans defeated Issaquah 2-0 in a battle for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference standings.

The Spartans, despite a slow start, got their offense going late in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Midfielder Madi Barney centered a pass in front of the net to teammate Emily Anderson, who knocked in a shot for the game’s first goal at the 33rd minute.Skyline added an insurance goal at the 52nd minute when Barney headed in a corner kick from Anna Morgan.

Issaquah had a goal disallowed in the 60th minute due to a foul before the shot.

Skyline goalkeepers Jill Stika and Tina Vargas, who have split time in front of the net this season, shared the shutout.

The Spartans, 10-1 overall, took over first place in the standings with a 6-0 record. Issaquah dropped to 5-1 and into a tie with Eastlake for second place.

Skyline and Issaquah tuned up for their big clash with victories Oct. 6. The Spartans nipped host Garfield 1-0 and the Eagles edged Newport 1-0.

Shea O’Donnell’s goal at the 39th minute enabled Skyline to beat Garfield. Jackie Wilson assisted on the goal. Goalkeepers Stika and Vargas shared the shutout.

Kristin Maris connected on a penalty kick in Issaquah’s victory against Newport. Goalkeeper Brooke Miller picked up the shutout.

Ties for Patriots

In 3A/2A KingCo soccer action Oct. 9, Liberty and Mount Si fought to a scoreless draw.

Goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded the shutout for Liberty. Marika Loudenback and Carly Weidenbach protected the goal for Mount Si.

Both teams had six shots on goal.

On Oct. 6, Liberty fought Juanita to a 2-2 tie. Cassidy Nangle and Kendall Downing scored Liberty’s goals. Kimi Fry assisted on both scores.

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