Spartans qualify for state 4A soccer semifinals

November 18, 2014

The Olympia Bears started their state quarterfinal match perfectly. Within five minutes, they held a 1-0 lead against the Skyline Spartans, scoring on a Sophie Wood goal.

That lead lasted all of three minutes before the Spartans tied the game, which held for the rest of the first half.

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Eagles win top-five tussle

October 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Kelli Sullivan, Skyline High School senior midfielder co-captain, after an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tries to make lightning strike twice with another offensive display before time expires.

By Greg Farrar
Kelli Sullivan, Skyline High School senior midfielder co-captain, after an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tries to make lightning strike twice with another offensive display before time expires. See more photos from the game in this week’s Issaquah Press.

Soccer teams host Down syndrome awareness night

October 21, 2014

On April 29, 2002, Melissa Wyman and husband Kevin won what she calls, “the ticket of a lifetime.”

It was the day the Liberty High School soccer coach welcomed her son, Campbell, now a sports-loving, determined 12-year-old that just happens to have Down syndrome.

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning. You don’t know what to expect,” Wyman said. “You hear people say he’s not going to be able do this or that, but I sure wasn’t about to let someone tell me what or who my son should be. He will be Campbell.”

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Skyline soccer wins without one of its best players

October 14, 2014

The Skyline Spartans have been without one of their top offensive players, and while they haven’t been playing their best soccer, they’ve found ways to win.

Lauren Carson scored the first two goals, and Ke’ala Louie added an insurance goal late in the second half as the visiting Spartans broke away for a 3-0 victory over the Redmond Mustangs Oct. 9 in a Class 4A KingCo Conference match.

In wins over Newport and Redmond last week, the Spartans had to find ways to compensate for the loss of senior forward Amanda Johnston, a University of Washington commit who was injured in a Sept. 30 match at Mount Si.

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Skyline downs Eastlake in KingCo soccer opener

September 30, 2014

The Eastlake Wolves girls soccer team had a solid nonconference run, going undefeated and outscoring their five opponents, 17-1.

But things got much tougher when Eastlake had to turn its attention to matches that matter, including Class 4A perennial powerhouse Skyline in the KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline got goals from Ke’ala Louie, Candace Hunter and Gabby Hart, and wore down Eastlake with speed at both ends of the field in a 3-1 victory Sept. 25 at Spartan Stadium.

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Issaquah plays No. 1 Maria Carrillo to 1-1 overtime draw

September 23, 2014

The Issaquah High School Eagles (3-1-1) secured a 1-1 tie against the top-ranked team in the country, Maria Carrillo, of Santa Rose, California, on the road Sept. 20 on the Pumas’ home field.

Maria Carrillo (7-0-1), ranked No. 1 in the Top Drawer Soccer Fab 50 and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America co-No. 1, entered having outscored opponents 38-1 prior to the match against Issaquah, ranked No. 25 in the Fab 50 poll.

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Issaquah girls soccer team takes on nation’s No. 1 team Saturday

September 19, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 19, 2014

Clearly, Tom Bunnell like challenges.

The Issaquah High School girls soccer coach has put the biggest challenge he possibly could in front of his three-time state champion program.

The Eagles, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A in Washington state, plays the match of a lifetime at 4 p.m. Saturday when they travel to face the nation’s top-ranked team, Mario Carrillo, of Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Patriots overpower Highlanders, 7-0

September 16, 2014

If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads.

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

But Liberty and Hazen were not playing football that pleasant Tuesday evening; they were playing soccer. So, instead, that rare 7-0 score engineered by the Patriots told the opposite story — one that ends with an overpowering offensive performance courtesy of the defending 3A state champions, now playing at 2A.

“It’s so much fun when you’re scoring — and then you just keep scoring,” said junior captain Jordan Hemmen, who accounted for two of Liberty’s seven scores.

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Spartans rough up Timberwolves, 4-0

September 16, 2014

Don Braman likes to use the nonleague schedule to discover which players work best in certain positions, and the coach may have tougher decisions to make based on the Skyline Spartans’ first three soccer matches.

By Dale Garvey Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

By Dale Garvey
Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

After traveling to Oregon and defeating two opponents by a combined score of 9-1, the Spartans returned to their home venue Sept. 9 and were just as impressive, whipping the Jackson Timberwolves, 4-0, behind goals from four different players.

Skyline substituted freely throughout the match — particularly at midfield and forward — and put the game away early in the second half on goals from Kelli Sullivan and Lindsey Fujiwara.

“We were really excited to get out and play our first home game,” said Gabby Hart, a junior forward. “We definitely had a good first half, but we really picked it up in the second half and got things more organized.”

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Issaquah soccer team takes second at nationals

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U-15 girls team finished second at the National Premier League Finals in Greensboro, N.C., July 10-14.

In the qualifying round, the Gunners defeated a team from New Jersey, ranked 17th in the nation, 3-1. In order to continue to advance in the tournament, the girls needed to score five times in a July 12 game against a Mississippi squad.

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