Issaquah School District soccer teams prep for state
November 6, 2012
By John Leggett
The Issaquah School District will be well-represented in this week’s first round of the Class 3A and 4A state girls soccer tournaments, because Liberty, Issaquah and Skyline all made it to this year’s big dances in their respective classes.
Those critical initial clashes begin Nov. 7 for all three squads.
The only smudge on an otherwise perfect 12-0-1 league mark for Liberty was a 3-3 tie with pesky Mount Si in the Patriot kickers’ final league test of the regular season. The Patriots’ only losses overall came at the hands of Skyline (2-1), Issaquah (4-1) and Mercer Island (1-0).
By virtue of winning the KingCo 3A going away, the Patriots punched their ticket to the 3A state final bracket automatically.
Liberty will host a gifted Shorecrest contingent that is no stranger to the state finals and this year, at least, has come as far as it has with a stubborn defense and a talented junior goalkeeper in Frida Swensen, who led the WesCo 3A with 10 shutouts, including whitewashings of Bellevue, Newport, Mountlake Terrace and, twice, of Glacier Peak.
Should Liberty win against the Scots on its home turf, the Patriot booters would then go on to square off against the winner of the Nov. 6 Bonney Lake vs. Kelso rendezvous. That match-up would transpire Nov. 10 at a site and time yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, Issaquah and Skyline both made it to the first round of the Class 4A state tournament, and both will be starting their state journeys on the road.
The Spartans trek to Vancouver, Nov. 7, where they will face the Titans, of Union High, out of Camas.
The red-hot Issaquah Eagles must ride their bus westward to tangle with the Gig Harbor Tides on Nov. 7 at Gig Harbor’s often-foggy home digs, Roy Anderson Field, in Purdy.
The Eagles have been on fire as of late.
After recording a 0-0 tie with Skyline to deal the Spartans their only deadlock of the league campaign in KingCo 4A action — during a brilliant season that saw Skyline go 9-0-1 in league tribulations — Issaquah then went on to earn a berth in the Sweet 16 state tourney by blanking Kamiak 1-0, Nov. 3 at the Eagles Nest, to notch that all-important triumph in that loser goes home regional showdown.
Skyline loses KingCo title bid
The Skyline High School girls soccer team lost its bid for the KingCo 4A title Oct. 30 when it was beaten 1-0 by Redmond in the championship game.
Emily Baril, goalkeeper for the Skyline Spartans, earned a shutout in the first half of the game, which was played at Spartan Stadium. The two teams remained in a scoreless tie until the 63rd minute, when Redmond’s Sierra Bilginer scored the night’s only goal.
The loss ended Skyline’s 37-game unbeaten streak, and means that the team will need to travel for its first state playoff game, set for Nov. 6, against either Rogers or Union. The second round of the state tournament is scheduled for Nov. 9 or 10.