Issaquah drops season opener

March 16, 2010

By Staff

Alex Shane (7), Issaquah freshman forward, fights Newport team co-captain Brian Whitney for possession during the first period of their non-league soccer tournament match March 13 at Sammamish High School. The Knights won, 2-0. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School boys soccer team discovered March 13 that it will have to work a little harder to duplicate last year’s success.

Issaquah was one of the best stories in the state last spring, with the team going from rags to riches. The Eagles improved by 10 wins over the previous season and reached the state tournament for the first time.

However, in their season-opener, the Eagles made two huge defensive blunders that led to a 2-0 loss to Newport in a nonleague game at Sammamish High School.

“Newport is a very good team, but I thought we came out sluggish. We didn’t execute our game plan, and we didn’t do a good job of defense on two corner kicks by Newport,” Issaquah coach Jason Lichtenberger said.

Both Newport goals came off corner kicks.

“We discovered we have a lot of work to do,” Lichtenberger said. “But I believe we have a talented team, and it’s a team that has set some big goals for this season.”

In other action, Skyline defeated Redmond 6-2 while Liberty lost to Roosevelt 2-1.Giancano Santoro and Pedro Miola each had a goal and an assist as Skyline won its opener at Sammamish High. Mitchell Kim had three assists for Skyline.

Kramer Janders, assisted by Riley Mackey, gave Liberty a 1-0 first-half lead, but host Roosevelt came back with two second-half goals to win the nonleague game.

Issaquah softball takes two

The Issaquah High School fastpitch softball team opened its season March 13 with two victories at the Kentwood Classic.

Issaquah edged Auburn Riverside 3-2 and pounded Mount Tahoma 12-0.

In the victory against Auburn Riverside, pitcher Mikenzie Voves tossed a four-hitter and struck out eight batters. Brielle Bray and Christian McKone each had two hits for Issaquah. Heather Benjamin drove in two runs.

In the second game, which went just four innings because of the mercy rule, Bray tossed a no-hitter and struck out seven batters.. She also went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs.

McKone had three hits and two RBIs, and Voves had two hits and two RBIs. Taylor Ladd also drove in two runs for the Eagles.

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