Spartans, Eagles on collision course for state title

November 17, 2009

By Bob Taylor

There just might be another Issaquah-Skyline state championship showdown coming up.This time, it could pit the girls’ soccer teams from both high schools in the Nov. 21 championship game. Last December, the football teams from Skyline and Issaquah met for the 4A title, which Skyline won.

However, for the title match between the soccer teams to take place, both Issaquah and Skyline need to win their 4A state semifinal games Nov. 20 in Lakewood’s Harry Lang Stadium.

Issaquah, 16-2 and ranked third in The Seattle Times’ poll, plays sixth-ranked Kamiakin, 18-1-1, at 6 p.m.

Skyline, 16-4-0 and ranked seventh, plays ninth-ranked Kentwood, 16-0-4, at 8 p.m.

The winners play at 4 p.m. in the championship game Nov. 21; the losers meet in a game for third and fourth place at noon.

Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, and Issaquah, the reigning 4A KingCo Conference champions, have played twice this season. The Spartans defeated the Eagles 2-0 in a regular-season contest. Issaquah topped Skyline 3-1 in the title game of the 4A KingCo tournament.

Both Issaquah and Skyline won two state playoff games last week to reach the finals.

Skyline 1, Todd Beamer 0

It was a good thing Skyline senior midfielder Coral Anderson didn’t let the gut reaction to duck control her when she saw a lined shot from Anna Morgan coming right at her face Nov. 14.

As she stood in the penalty box, fighting off a defender, Morgan, a midfielder, drove the ball from the left sideline. Anderson headed it straight in to the back post in the third minute of the game.

The goal was the only score in Skyline’s 1-0 quarterfinal win over Todd Beamer at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.

Anderson “just shows up to big games and dominates,” Skyline head coach Don Braman said. “Without that early goal, the game plays out differently.”

Beamer had its chances throughout the game. Senior midfielder Holland Crook, who scored 14 goals and had six assists this season, threatened often. She almost tied the game in the second half, Braman said, when she snuck a shot past diving Skyline goalkeeper Tina Vargas. But the goal post saved the day for Skyline, knocking the ball out, Braman said.

Sophomore midfielder “Nicole Candioglos did a great job of limiting opportunities for Holland Crook to get the ball,” Braman said.

Braman credited Morgan for her playmaking, as well as Brittanee and Dom Randle for creating additional opportunities for the Spartans throughout the game.

“Early, we were really all over them,” Braman said.

But without the extra insurance of a second goal, Skyline’s defense had to work harder to stifle Beamer’s pressure in the second half.

“It’s a testament to their ability to recognize the significance of the moment,” Braman said.

Skyline 1, Tahoma 0

Skyline won without scoring a goal in regulation Nov. 11 against Tahoma. The Spartans advanced to the quarterfinal against Beamer after scoring three shootout goals to Tahoma’s one.

Maddie Christ, Michelle Bretl and Madi Barney each made their shots. Jill Stika and Vargas had the shutout for Skyline.

Issaquah 4, Monroe 0

Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell made the post-game remarks special for his team by wearing mouse ears. That’s because he asked the Eagles where they would rather go, Disneyland or Harry Lang Stadium. The team voted for Harry Lang Stadium.

The Eagles were no Mickey Mouse, more like Mighty Mouse, against visiting Monroe in the quarterfinal game. Issaquah controlled the game from the start, getting two first half goals from freshman Audrey Thomas, and two second half goals from Lindsay Stoll.

Goalkeeper Brooke Miller recorded her second shutout of the week and eighth of the season.

Monroe entered the contest coming off a stunning 1-0 victory against previously undefeated Emerald Ridge, of Puyallup.

Issaquah had scored at least three goals in each of its last nine contests, and has outscored opponents 28-2 during that stretch.

Issaquah 3, Bellarmine Prep 0

Senior Kristin Maris’ hat trick sparked a 3-0 victory against visiting Bellarmine Prep Nov. 11 in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Maris was assisted on two of the goals by Margaret Rauch. The other goal came on a penalty kick.

Miller recorded the shutout.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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