Skyline outlasts Issaquah in KingCo title game
November 2, 2011
By Mason Kelley
NEW — 9:45 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011
Yielding a goal with less than 30 seconds left in regulation stunned the second-ranked Skyline High School girls soccer team.
But it didn’t stop them.
Senior midfielder Sydne Tingey corralled a sweet cross from Jordan Branch to score in the 83rd minute as the Spartans turned back Issaquah 2-1 in overtime Nov. 1 in the KingCo 4A Conference championship match at Skyline.
The dramatic win gave defending champ Skyline (14-0-2) its fourth KingCo 4A title overall and third in four years. Both teams had already clinched state-playoff berths.
“It’s really hard to bounce back after their goal, especially when they’re our rivals,” said Tingey, who scored her sixth goal of the season. “Our mentality just changed (in overtime) and it was like, ‘We’re fired up, we’re ready and we’re going to win this game.'”I saw Jordan go down the line, and she’s really good at that. I just had to get the ball and I just had to get it in. I just shot it.”
The Spartans had to overcome a valiant second-half push from the Eagles (9-5-2), who went top-heavy with players up front in a 4-4-2 formation in the second half.
Issaquah cashed in on its gambling offensive style to force overtime in the 80th minute of regulation as defender-turned-forward Morgan Zack knocked in a twisting header off a long feed from Lyrik Fryer.
It was another classic confrontation between rivals.
“It was really fun, just because the last game against them,” said Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell. “Tonight, we had some tricks and lineup switches and stuff just to counter what they do.
“Zack is one of the better defenders in the league, but she’s also one of our best finishers. If it’s even 1-0 at any point, I’m going to throw everybody up front. It worked and we were all over them.”
Anna DeWeirdt buried a header off a Maddie Christ corner kick as the Spartans shot in front 1-0 in the second minute. DeWeirdt, amazingly, got her head on the cross in a crowd of players.
DeWeirdt couldn’t be seen during the play.
But when she emerged, DeWeirdt’s bright-red hair was front and center as she ran back into a sea of her white-clad Skyline teammates.
DeWeirdt’s early goal held up for nearly 78 minutes.
“What I like about our girls is our resiliency, and in the overtime, our leadership really began to show,” said Skyline coach Don Braman.
“And we were ready to have somebody step up. I thought tonight, Issaquah did a good job of getting all their players involved. They took an intense risk leaving us one-on-one at the back.
“But we couldn’t make them pay.”
“That game was super fun from a coaching standpoint,” Bunnell said. “That was great. It was classic.”
Skyline beat Issaquah 4-0 in the schools’ only meeting of the season on Oct. 18 on the Spartans’ field.
Skyline held Issaquah star forward Audrey Thomas, the KingCo 4A MVP, in check and limited her touches.
Eastlake 2, Redmond 1, in OT shootout
Eastlake senior goalkeeper Bryce Kennedy made the winning save in a shootout and two key saves in overtime as the Wolves stayed alive and claimed the KingCo No. 3 berth.
Kennedy sealed the win with a save in the sixth round of penalty kicks to preserve a 5-4 advantage in PKs. The Wolves’ keeper turned back low, left-side shot by Redmond’s Kelsey Costello.
The Wolves went in front 5-4 on Julia Bennett’s sixth-round shot.
Eastlake (7-3-8) will travel to play WesCo’s No. 3 seed at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 in a loser-out, winner-to-state contest. Redmond finished 8-7-3.