Liberty girls soccer team clinches state berth

October 19, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team clinched a Class 3A state tournament berth for the second straight year Tuesday when the Patriots defeated visiting Lake Washington 3-0 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty improved its league-leading record to 11-0 and captured the KingCo 3A Conference’s automatic Class 3A state playoff berth. As KingCo No. 1 the Patriots do not have to play in the league tournament for a state tournament berth.

The Patriots will enter the state tournament next month seeded as the District 2 No. 1 entry and will host a first-round game.

The Patriots, who have three games left to play in the regular season, stretched their lead to 11 points over Lake Washington, which entered the game tied with Interlake for second place.

Because Interlake is a Class 2A school, the Kangaroos, 7-3-1, were the only KingCo 3A team left that had a chance to challenge Liberty for the automatic berth. Lake Washington can still reach the state tournament but will have to go through the KingCo 3A tournament.

Kailiana Johnson scored two first-half goals to lead the Patriots past Lake Washington. Johnson’s first goal, which was assisted by Kali Youngdahl, came just eight minutes into the game. Three minutes later Johnson, assisted by Kiana Hafferty, scored again.

Shannon Daly, assisted by Kimi Fry, scored Liberty’s final goal at the 65th minute.

The shutout was the seventh of the season for Liberty goalkeeper Macaire Ament.

Liberty has outscored opponents 20-1 in its last four games.

The Patriots, who have an eight-point lead over second-place Interlake, can wrap up the league title Oct. 20 at Juanita.

In other action, it was Mount Si 1, Juanita 1; Bellevue 3, Mercer Island 1; and Interlake 4, Sammamish 0.

In KingCo 4A action, Skyline moved into first place with a 4-0 victory against Issaquah.

Issaquah volleyball team gives Roosevelt a scare

The Issaquah High School volleyball team had an inspired effort Tuesday but the Eagles lost to unbeaten Roosevelt 3-2 in a KingCo Conference 4A match at Roosevelt.

Roosevelt won the first set 25-19 but Issaquah fought back to win the second game 25-21. After Roosevelt took the third set 25-15, Issaquah rallied to take the fourth game 26-24 to set up a tie-breaking fifth game. Roosevelt won the tie-breaker 15-9.

It was only the second time this season that Roosevelt, 8-0 in league play and 12-0 for the season, had been pushed to five games.

Issaquah, 2-6 in league and 2-9 for the season, had several strong performances. Sam Rogers led the Eagles with 14 kills, 10 digs and five aces. Mckenzie Bostic contributed 28 assists and three aces. Lindsey Ferguson had 18 digs and nine aces. Leanne Scott added 10 digs and Kirsten Fischer had seven kills.

Roosevelt was led by Sarah O’Connor, who had 16 kills, 15 digs and four aces.

In other action, Skyline defeated Eastlake 3-1. Eastlake won the first game 25-23 but Skyline bounced back to win the match 25-20, 25-11, 25-11.

Madison Stoa, Halle Erdahl and Maddie Magee sparked the Spartans. Stoa had 31 assists, 15 digs and three aces. Erdahl had 14 kills and 17 digs. Magee had 15 kills, three blocks, 12 digs and three aces. Taylor Finlon had 13 kills and 10 digs for Eastlake.

Skyline went to 6-2 in league action and 10-2 for the season. Eastlake dropped to 3-5 in league and 3-7 for the season.

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