Skyline blanked in KingCo title match to Inglemoor, 4-0
May 14, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
Skyline High School’s 11-game soccer winning streak came to an end May 7 at the KingCo 4A Championship game, where Inglemoor went 4-0 for the title.
“They have some really talented players over there,” said David Kim, a sophomore midfielder for the Skyline Spartans. “They challenged, and they beat us. It’s hard, but I feel like we’ve just got to compete more, and if we compete more, we’ll do really well in state, with that passion and heart.”
Ten minutes into the game, the Inglemoor Vikings already had a 2-0 lead, thanks to two consecutive goals by senior forward Mehron Abdi.
“I mean it’s kind of difficult to start from there,” Kim added. “I feel like if we come out stronger, and we moved the ball more, and we kept how we were playing in the season, with the 10-0 series.”
After going 3-1 in the preseason, Skyline plowed through the KingCo league undefeated. The Spartans’ perfect season record included a 3-1 victory April 9 against Inglemoor. A month later, the Vikings got their revenge and netted two more goals before halftime to win the KingCo 4A tournament.
Taking to the field for the final 40 minutes, neither team scored.
“We just have a strong back line. I trust all those guys, Chris Sorenson, Garrett Strawn, David Kim, to just get it done,” Skyline senior defender Ryan Shim said. “When I moved up, they held it back there, held them to zero goals. It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t have done that in the first half.”
Going forward, the Spartans’ coach, Don Braman, said the team needs to revisit a whole bunch of things and ask if it was prepared to play a very good team, like the Vikings.
“Inglemoor played great and they totally deserved to win tonight. They outplayed us, they outcoached us. And, that’s one of the things that happens in our league. If you are not on top of your game you just get crushed,” he said. “We created some nice chances. We hit the post, we hit the bar, we had open shots. We had shots inside the 18 and they’re bouncing into bodies, guys throwing their bodies around, trying to create an opportunity, and it just wasn’t there.”
Both teams had already earned their ticket to the 2013 4A State Soccer Championships, which were set to kick off May 15. The semifinals and finals are scheduled for May 24 and 25 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
“All the work we’ve invested in playing hard this season has already gotten us into the state tournament,” Braman said. “So, now, we’ve got to work hard and be prepared for the next step.”