Spartans deal Wolves first conference loss, 2-1

October 18, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Jackie Wilson, Anna Deweirdt hookup for go-ahead goal

Lianna Simms, Skyline junior defender, falls onto the back of Eastlake sophomore midfielder Emily Cushing after heading the ball during the second period. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School’s Jackie Wilson floated a free kick perfectly into the scrum of players at the edge of the goal box.

Skyline junior forward Anna Deweirdt took it, saw the opening and fired the ball right past Eastlake goalkeeper Bryce Kennedy for the go-ahead goal in the 71st minute.

“I just know how Jackie kicks,” Deweirdt said after the Oct. 13 match at Eastlake High School.

Skyline dealt Eastlake its first KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer loss in a 2-1 victory. The Spartans entered this week in second place in the league at 6-0-1, behind Issaquah (6-0-2).

The Wolves fell to 2-1-4 in KingCo and 4-2-7 overall.

“We knew 23 (Wilson) delivers a great ball,” Eastlake coach Chuck Krieble said. “There were no surprises tonight.”

Deweirdt noted that she and Wilson work on shots like the winning one at practice often. Wilson feeds a well-aimed chip-shot from about 30 yards out and Deweirdt just seems to find it and time the hard shot on goal.

“I just knew she was going to be there,” Wilson said about watching her free kick land in just the right spot for her teammate forward.

Eastlake struck first in the 14th minute. Standout midfielder Kelsey Haberly took a one-touch pass from Marissa Katagiri, who had redirected a Kennedy goal kick at center-mid-field. Haberly took the ball at about 30 yards out, dribbled past two Skyline defenders and shot across the goal left to right, landing the ball inside the right post past diving Skyline goalkeeper Tina Vargas.

“It was nice to get on top early,” Krieble said.

Skyline came back with the equalizer in the 22nd minute. Jordan Branch, a Skyline sophomore midfielder, took a throw-in from junior defender Lianna Simms on the left sideline. Branch controlled the ball, and knocked a shot into center-goal from 15 yards out past a diving Kennedy.

A recent JV call-up, Simms has given Skyline some help against pressing opponents.

“Lianna’s played great for us since she came up from JV,” Skyline coach Don Braman said.

The score was tied 1-1 at the halftime break.

Eastlake controlled the tempo much of the game, but Skyline’s front line advanced often enough to get another legitimate chance. Eastlake’s Kennedy got the crowd going with a diving save in the 42nd minute and Skyline’s Vargas also took away a near goal for the Wolves in the 48th minute.

The Spartans drew a foul, which set up the Wilson-to-Deweirdt free-kick goal.

“Games with Eastlake are always competitive,” Braman said. “They (Skyline) just needed to have faith in what was working for them. Tonight, the girls responded.”

Issaquah soccer edges Bothell

Audrey Thomas, a junior midfielder, assisted on one goal and connected on a free kick Oct. 13 as Issaquah topped visiting Bothell, 2-1, in Gary Moore Stadium.

Deanna Dakar, who was assisted by Thomas, put the Eagles ahead at the 50th minute.

Skyline hosted Issaquah Oct. 18 in a key conference battle.

Issaquah ran into a defensive-minded Eastlake team Oct. 11 as the teams fought to a 0-0 draw.

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