Liberty High School girls soccer team nets conference title

October 21, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team, already bound for the Class 3A state playoffs, wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Thursday with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier this week. This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

Kaliana Johnson had a hat trick to lead Liberty in its victory against Juanita.

Liberty got a battle from Juanita, which has just one league victory this season. Juanita took the lead three times in the game but Liberty always answered with a tying goal.

Juanita scored first at the 25th minute on a goal by Sara Holden. Liberty’s Shannon Daly knotted the score a minute later with an unassisted goal. Juanita went ahead 2-1 on a goal by Karissa Radke at the 36th minute but Johnson, assisted by Kimi Fry, tied the score on a goal at the 37th minute. The teams were tied 2-2 at halftime.

Radke put Juanita ahead for the last time on a goal three minutes into the second half.

Johnson, assisted by Kiana Hafferty, tied the score at the 62nd minute. Nicolle Marlow, assisted by Fry, put Liberty ahead for good at the 71st minute. Johnson gave the Patriots some breathing room three minutes later with her third goal.

Liberty went to 12-0-0 in league play and 13-1 on the season. The Patriots conclude their regular season next week, playing at Mercer Island Oct. 25 before returning home Oct. 27 to host second-place Interlake.

In other action, it was Lake Washington 1, Bellevue 0; Mercer Island 1, Sammamish 0; Interlake 2, Mount Si 1.

Skyline takes KingCo 4A regular-season title

Jordan Branch’s goal at the 38th minute was just enough Thursday as the Skyline High School girls soccer team defeated visiting Woodinville 1-0 in a KingCo Conference 4A battle.

Skyline, 8-0-1 in league play, locked up the regular-season title with one game left to play. The Spartans play at Redmond Oct. 25. Skyline hosts second-place Issaquah Nov. 1 in the KingCo title game.

Branch was assisted by Anna Deweirdt as Skyline went to 12-0-2 on the season. Goalkeeper Tina Vargas recorded the shutout. Skyline, coming off a 4-0 victory against Issaquah on Tuesday, has seven shutouts this season.

Issaquah concluded its regular season with a 4-1 victory against visiting Garfield. Audrey Thomas and Deanna Dakar each had two goals for the Eagles, who ended league play with a 7-1-2 record.

In other action, it was Roosevelt 1, Ballard 0; and Eastlake 1, Bothell 0.

Spartans coast by Redmond in volleyball

The Skyline High School volleyball team overwhelmed host Redmond 3-0 Thursday in a KingCo Conference 4A volleyball match. Skyline won the games 25-13, 25-8, 25-8.

Halle Erdahl had 15 kills, 10 digs and three aces to lead Skyline. Alyssa Workman contributed 31 assists and Chloe Epker had eight kills and seven aces.

Skyline went to 7-2 in league action and 11-2 on the season.

Issaquah downed Ballard 3-2. The Eagles won the first set 25-17 but Ballard bounced back to win the next two games 25-23 and 25-23. Issaquah won the fourth game 25-16 to set up the tie-breaker. The Eagles won the tie-breaker 15-6. No individual statistics were available for the match.

The Eagles went to 3-6 in league competition and into a tie with Ballard and Eastlake for seventh place.

In a big league showdown, Newport defeated previously unbeaten Roosevelt 3-2. The Knights lost the first set 25-21 but recovered to win the next two games 25-20 and 25-17. Roosevelt won the fourth game 25-23 to force a tie-breaker. Newport won the tie-breaker 16-10. The two teams are now deadlocked for first place with 8-1 records.

Liberty girls second in cross country

The Liberty High School girls cross country team came so close to winning the KingCo Conference 3A title Thursday but the Patriots ended up second to Mercer Island in the meet at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The teams each had 49 points at the conclusion of the meet to tie for first place. However, Mercer Island got the tie-breaker when its sixth-place runner finished higher than Liberty’s sixth-place runner.

Katia Matora, of Mercer Island, finished first in the 3.1-mile race in a time of 18 minutes, 40.99 seconds. Sarah Bliesner was Liberty’s top runner, taking fifth in 19:57.10. She just nipped teammate Allie Wood, who was sixth. Megan Chucka, of Liberty, cracked the top 10 by placing ninth. Amy Broska was 12th and Megan Larson 17th for the Patriots.

The Liberty boys finished second. Bellevue, placing all of its top five runners in the top 10, easily won the team title with 19 points. Liberty was second with 87 points. The finish was the highest for the Liberty boys since 2005. Hiron Redman was Liberty’s top runner, taking ninth in 16:47.22. Aaron Bowe was 11th, Nick Knoblich 14th, Mason Goodman 24th and Collin Olson 29th to round out Liberty’s top five runners.

John Fowler, of Bellevue, won the 3.1-mile race in 15 minutes, 54.71 seconds.

Issaquah girls second at KingCo 4A meet

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team placed second Thursday in the KingCo Conference 4A Championships at West Seattle’s Lincoln Park.

The Eagles had 89 points and had their highest finish in 13 years. By placing second, Issaquah qualified its team to next week’s bi-district meet. This is the first time since 2007 Issaquah is sending its entire girls team to district.

Ellie Clawson was Issaquah’s top finisher, taking seventh in 19 minutes, 03 seconds. Teammate Rachel Osgood was 10th in 19:11.

Skyline’s Samantha Krahling was sixth in 19:01.

Skyline finished third with 101 points. Redmond won the team title with 44 points.

Woodinville’s Chandler Olson was the individual champion, finishing the 3.1-mile race in 18:21.

The Skyline boys took third. Keegan Symmes, of Skyline, finished first in 15:33.

Garfield won the team title with 60 points. Redmond was second with 85 and Skyline third with 86. Issaquah ended up 10th with 276 points.

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