Skyline wins KingCo girls soccer title in OT

November 8, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Brooke Bofto (left), Skyline sophomore midfielder, heads the ball as Jocelyn Eng, Issaquah senior forward, tries to take possession during the first half of the KingCo 4A title game Nov. 1. By Christopher Huber

The game seemed to be in the bag for the Skyline High School girls soccer team, but a last-second Issaquah goal made the Spartans work a little harder Nov. 1 for the KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer title.

An 80th-minute, Issaquah goal stunned Skyline fans and players, but it didn’t take long for the Spartans to seal the deal in overtime.

Senior midfielder Sydne Tingey scored in the 83rd minute to lift the Skyline Spartans over the Issaquah Eagles, 2-1, to become KingCo champs for the second year in a row.

Tingey took a well-placed cross from Jordan Branch at about the 4-yard line, turned and shot left-to-right from the left post. It was her sixth goal of the season.

“It was so relieving. I was like, ‘I’m going to score this goal,’” Tingey said as her team celebrated its third KingCo 4A title in four years. “I just touched it, I kinda volleyed it and I shot it.”

Skyline finished the regular season 14-0-2 and is seeded No. 1 in District 2 heading into the state tournament. Issaquah (9-5-2) is seeded No. 2. The Spartans, ranked first in the state, hosted No. 8 Kentridge Nov. 8 in the first round of the state tournament. Issaquah plays No. 3 Todd Beamer at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Federal Way Stadium.

It was a classic Skyline-Issaquah match-up.

“This was the kind of test quality teams have to pass,” Skyline head coach Don Braman said.

Skyline went up 1-0 immediately. In the second minute, junior forward Anna Deweirdt headed in a perfectly executed corner kick from senior midfielder Maddie Christ. The ball sailed in from the left corner and Deweirdt caught it at just the right angle with her head to punch it in just inside the left goal post.

The Spartans maintained the lead in the first half with aggressive play up front. Issaquah created some opportunities for itself, but Skyline controlled the tempo throughout. Branch provided another cross to junior forward Rachel Shim to set up a shot that just missed in the 28th minute. The Eagles came close in the 7th and 35th minutes.

“When we play each other, we’re always evenly matched,” Tingey said.

The Eagles pressed harder in the second half, controlling the pace of the game and creating more scoring opportunities than Skyline. Issaquah often left just two defenders back as it went full-bore with the offensive attack. For the most part, it worked, Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said.

“We were just gonna throw the house at ‘em,” he said. “I didn’t doubt we would get one, but it was just when.”

As the clock wound down, it looked as if Issaquah’s hopes of a comeback were dashed. But with less than a minute to go, freshman forward Lyrik Fryer took the ball 25 yards out at the left sideline. She lofted it to the center of the box, where junior defender Morgan Zack redirected it with her head right into the goal, past an on-rushing Tina Vargas.

That tied it at 1-1, sending the game into a 5-minute, “golden goal” overtime period.

Although Skyline beat Issaquah, 4-0, Oct. 18, Braman noted the Eagles’ ability to pressure and create opportunities against their toughest opponents.

Against Issaquah, “we have to think so hard about what we’re trying to do,” he said. “Tom had a great plan. He was taking an intense risk.”

Eastlake 2, Redmond 1 (OT, shootout)

The Eastlake Wolves held on in a shootout to take third place in KingCo. It beat Redmond, 2-1, in the loser-out match Nov. 1.

Goalkeeper Bryce Kennedy made the winning save in the shootout to give Eastlake the 5-4 advantage in the end. She held the Mustangs off in overtime, too.

Eastlake improved to 7-3-8. Redmond finished 8-7-3.

Senior midfielder Kelsey Haberly put the Wolves up 1-0 after drilling a free kick from near the top of the box in the 36th minute. Redmond sophomore midfielder Kelsey Costello tied the game with a goal in the 70th minute.

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