Top-ranked Skyline wins 4A KingCo girls soccer title with 3-1 victory over Eastlake
November 3, 2010
By Matt Massey
NEW — 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, 2010
Michelle Bretl sang the national anthem before the 4A KingCo Conference girls soccer championship and before she launched into the rendition her nerves were present.
But come game time, Bretl was all confidence, helping her unbeaten team keep singing along.
Bretl booted in a long and chancy go-ahead goal early in the second half as top-ranked Skyline survived ninth-ranked Eastlake 3-1 in Tuesday night’s KingCo 4A title match at Skyline High School.
The Spartans (16-0) host a first-round Class 4A state playoff game on either Nov. 9 or 10 against the No. 6 seed from the West Central/Southwest district.
“When I shot it, I just sort had the idea of the (KingCo) trophy in my mind, and everything we’ve been working for in this game,” said Bretl. “I just had to do it. The ball had to go into the net, and I was just the one to get it done.
“It was kind of like, ‘I might as well take a shot.’ I wanted to test the goalkeeper, see what she can do. You have to do that in order to score goals.”
Bretl took a crack and sneaked in a 24-yard shot in the 52nd minute and that gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead and it proved to be the difference. Bretl launched the long shot from the right side and it glanced off Eastlake goalkeeper sophomore Emily Suter and the ball trickled into the right corner of the net.
Rachel Shim made it 3-1 with point-blank goal in the 66th minute.
Eastlake (10-4-1), also headed to state, tied the match at 1-1 in the 42nd minute on Jaclyn Softli’s goal.
Woodinville 2, Issaquah 1
Junior Audrey Phillips fired in an 18-yard shot from the right side in the 84th minute as the Falcons (11-3-2) avenged a regular-season defeat to the third-ranked Eagles in dramatic fashion in a loser-out match.
Woodinville hosts the winner of Thursday’s Jackson-Kamiak match for WesCo’s No. 3 seed on Saturday at 2 p.m. if Jackson is the opponent or 7 p.m. if Kamiak wins.