Top-ranked Spartans cruise to first-round win

November 10, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

The Skyline High School girls soccer team moved into the top spot of this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. Then Tuesday, the Spartans validated their status with a 5-0 victory against visiting Mount Rainier in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Skyline, vying for a third straight 4A state title, hosts KingCo Conference rival Woodinville on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

The Spartans, 17-0-0, blasted Mount Rainier for three first-half goals.

Junior forward Michelle Bretl scored her first high-school hat track. She has four goals in the postseason and leads the Spartans with 15 goals for the season.

Madi Barney headed a Maddie Christ cornerkick into the net to put the Spartans ahead 1-0 at 10:30. Bretl, assisted by Makenzie Malsam, scored her first goal 30 seconds later. Bretl knocked in a penalty kick at the 30th minute to give Skyline a 3-0 halftime lead.

Bretl got her final goal at the 72nd minute. Niki Gerlach booted in a rebound shot by Maria Fuller for the Spartans’ final goal at the 78th minute.

Skyline goalkeeper Tina Vargas registered her 14th shutout.

Liberty Patriots ousted in first round

One of the best seasons in years for the Liberty High School girls soccer team came to an end Tuesday when the Patriots lost to visiting Bonney Lake 2-1 in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

Liberty, which won the 3A/2A KingCo Conference title this season, finished with an 11-3-3 record.

Brittney Martin scored both Bonney Lake goals. Her second tally came at the 36th minute and put Bonney Lake ahead 2-0.

Kendal Downing, assisted by Whitney Cain, scored at the 38th minute for Liberty.

Skyline boys, Liberty girls crack top 10

The Skyline High School boys team and the Liberty girls team both finished among the state’s best teams Nov. 6 at the state cross country championships at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course.

The Skyline boys finished sixth in the 4A championships. The Spartans had 183 points. Kyle Branch led the Spartans, taking 19th in 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Teammate Keegan Symmes was 23rd in 16:07. Jay Bowlby was next for Skyline at 53rd. Kevin Tidball, 67th, and Mitch O’Connell, 106th, rounded out the top five runners for the Spartans.

Issaquah’s team didn’t qualify for the state meet. However, Turner Wiley finished 61st and Isaac Robinson came in 125th for the Eagles.

In the 4A girls meet, Skyline’s Haley Smith finished 19th in 18:56. Teammate Jordan Branch was 25th in 19:09.

The Liberty girls, fresh off winning the 3A Sea-King District title, placed ninth in the 3A state meet. The Patriots had 247 points. Amy Broska and Megan Chucka were Liberty’s top placers. Broska was 54th in 20:13.1 and Chucka was 55th in 20:13.5. Allie Wood took 66th and Rachel Shaw was 67th.

Rounding out the top five Liberty runners was Aimee Christensen, who took 74th. Megan Larson, 84th, and Michaela Chucka, 106th, also ran for the Patriots. The Liberty girls were the first Liberty cross country team to ever qualify for state.

In the boys meet, Tyler Westenbroek, of Liberty, was 57th in 16:53. Teammate Scott Turner took 67th in 17:04.

Cubs White reaches finals

The undefeated Issaquah Cubs White team defeated the Bellevue Cubs White 8-0 Nov. 6 in the semifinals of the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association Tournament.

The Issaquah White team, 10-0, plays the Bellevue Blue Team, also 10-0, for the championship Saturday at Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium.

Bellevue Cubs White, and Issaquah Cubs White faced each another earlier this year. The regular season game resulted in a 21-6 victory for Issaquah. It was Bellevue White’s only loss of the season.

The rematch was a defensive battle. The game was scoreless until the third quarter, when Issaquah’s Bain Johnson broke a 60-yard run down the sideline for a touchdown. The touchdown was followed up by a PAT field goal by Peyton Porter making the score 8-0.

Bellevue mounted a drive late in the final quarter, but it ended when Issaquah defensive end Jarred Humany made a jarring tackle that resulted in a fumble. He recovered the fumble to end Bellevue’s threat. Issaquah’s offense then ran out the clock to win the game.

In the junior varsity level, The Five Star team plays Bellevue at 3:15 p.m. in the title game Nov. 13 at Pop Keeney.

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