Beamer blanks Issaquah girls soccer team, 4-0

November 10, 2011

By Matt Massey

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 10, 2011

FEDERAL WAY — Jenny Hoefel and the third-ranked Todd Beamer High School girls soccer team were in high gear from the start and never let off the throttle.

Hoefel, a junior forward, supplied two goals as the Titans handed Issaquah a 4-0 defeat Wednesday at Federal Way Stadium in a first-round Class 4A girls soccer state tournament game.

The Titans looked unstoppable while applying pressure and attacking on offense.

“We like to go the whole game. Especially me, I try to push myself the whole game and never stop,” said Hoefel, who has 18 goals this season. “We’ve brought all our talents together and play as a team and that makes us that much stronger.

“We just connected and kept that intensity up.”

Beamer (15-1-3) will play at Gig Harbor (14-3-3) in the quarterfinals Saturday. Issaquah, which entered the game as the KingCo Conference No. 2 team, finished 9-6-2.

The Titans peppered the Eagles with three good shots in the opening eight minutes and Hoefel broke through to give Beamer a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Hoefel got free behind the Issaquah defense and faked right before shooting in the middle of the net on the breakaway chance.

Senior defender Autumn Talney converted a penalty kick with a low shot in the 36th minute for a 2-0 lead. The PK was set up when Breanna Strauss was fouled deep in the penalty area.

“We came out flat and I don’t know why,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said.

“Playing against a good team and getting a penalty kick called that’s not a penalty sucks a lot of the life out of you.

“When you’ve got a team like that, where they can keep running at you and if we’re not going to pick up, they’re going to finish. We missed chances to get back into it,” Bunnell said.

Hoefel scored her second goal of the night on a cross from Jenna Floyd for a 3-0 lead in the 56th minute.

Breanna Straus hammered an 18-yard shot into the left corner of the net in the 74th minute.

Senior goalkeeper Meghan Graf made six saves in her 12th shutout of the season for the Titans.

Issaquah nearly converted a corner kick in the 47th minute as the ball bounced around in front of the Beamer goal before a Titans defender cleared it off the back line.

Audrey Thomas, of Issaquah, broke away for a one-on-one with Graf, but shot straight into the arms of the keeper in the 56th minute.

Beamer is making its third trip to state since the school opened in 2003. The Titans lost in the state championship match 2-1 in shootout to Eastlake in 2007 and lost in the quarterfinals in 2009 to Skyline 1-0.

Issaquah has been a fixture in the state playoffs recently, winning three state championships and making trips in seven of the last eight seasons.

Skyline plays at home Saturday

The Skyline High School girls soccer team, which won its Class 4A state tournament opener Tuesday by beating Kentridge 1-0, will host Kentwood at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals. Kentwood defeated Jackson 2-0 Wednesday in a first-round game.

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