Liberty High School girls soccer team clinches playoff berth

October 30, 2012

By John Leggett

Despite recording ties in their last regular season contests of 2012, a couple of local high school girls soccer squads essentially wrapped up titles in their respective KingCo classifications recently, as 4A Skyline went to 9-0-1 in league action after logging a scoreless tie with local nemesis Issaquah.

Issaquah, which may or may not be heading for state action, basically sent big sister on her way to the state tournament with a little reminder that it isn’t the only good team in KingCo 4A, and wait until next year.

Liberty meanwhile sewed up the KingCo 3A hardware, emerging as the clear-cut trophy winner in its division, winding down the regular season with a 12-1-1 league mark, after tying Mount Si, 3-3.

Mount Si ended up in a tie for second place in the KingCo 3A standings with an identical 9-3-2 league accounting to Mercer Island, but earned the right to tussle with Liberty for the league championship due to whipping the Islanders earlier in the season.

After the Patriots blanked the visiting Bellevue booters, 4-0, on Oct. 23 to virtually assure at least one postseason meeting, two days later, Liberty hosted Mount Si. The Wildcats proved to be a thorn in Liberty’s side as they knotted the score at three apiece and then hung on to hand Liberty’s kickers their initial overall tie of the 2012 campaign.

When Liberty whitewashed Bellevue, Kailiana Johnson broke the scoring ice in the encounter as she notched an early tally, and then Kiana Hafferty recorded a hat trick. Hafferty pounded the three final nails into Bellevue’s coffin in the 4-0 drubbing, by scoring a trio of goals. Patriot netminder Amy Ellenberg gleaned responsibility for the shutout, as the Wolverines never threatened.

In Skyline’s solitary engagement of the week, it traveled to Issaquah’s turf. When the dust from the rivalry settled, the scoreboard displayed a pair of goose eggs. Amy Vatistich and Tala Fry combined to register the shutout for Issaquah, and it was Emily Baril and Jaeden Chew booking the zero for the Spartans, who will march into this week’s post season play with an unbeaten 13-0-3 overall record.

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