Puget Sound Gunners loses to Seattle Sounders U-23, 3-0

July 8, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Opposing players jump for the ball in the Puget Sound Gunners’ 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders U-23 July 4.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Opposing players jump for the ball in the Puget Sound Gunners’ 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders U-23 July 4.

Gunners shutout Lane United

July 1, 2014

Puget Sound Gunners midfielder Justice Duerksen had no choice but to score in the June 27 contest against Lane United FC. Family pride was on the line.

His younger sister, in town from California for a local soccer tournament, had scored a couple of goals that morning, and his whole family, including mom Betsy, an All-American player herself at Boston College, made it to Issaquah High School to watch him play.

“Oh yeah, I knew I had to go get a goal, too,” he said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

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Skyline duo listed among top prep soccer players

July 1, 2014

Jason Twaddle lived in Madrid for the first seven years of his life, and the Spanish influence on his soccer game is undeniable.

Twaddle, who recently graduated from Skyline High School, had levels of success during his prep career that rivaled those of famed Spanish strikers like David Villa and Fernando Torres.

He leaves as the Skyline program’s all-time leading scorer, piling up 76 points (33 goals, 10 assists), and will continue playing this fall at Seattle University.

By Neil Pierson Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

By Neil Pierson
Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

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Liberty’s Colton Ronk named All-State

July 1, 2014

The postseason accolades continue to pileup for Liberty High School soccer player Colton Ronk, even after the senior graduated in June.

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named him to its first-team All-State list in the 3A classification.

Colton Ronk

Colton Ronk

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Puget Sound Gunners host Lane United FC

June 24, 2014

The Premier Development League’s Puget Sound Gunners FC will host Lane United FC, of Oregon, in its 10th game of the season.

The Gunners will play Lane United FC 7 p.m. June 27 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium. Fans that bring a copy of the June 2014 Buyer’s Choice coupon booklet will receive free admission to the game.

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Puget Sound Gunners continue rough stretch

June 17, 2014

The Puget Sound Gunners FC ended its three-game losing streak, but other than that, not much has gone right for the Issaquah-based semi-professional team.

A scoreless draw against the Washington Crossfire on June 9 is the only thing keeping the squad from a six-game losing streak.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Puget Sound Gunners defenders (from left) Michael Dodds and Kevin Cook flank a Washington Crossfire player June 9 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Puget Sound Gunners defenders (from left) Michael Dodds and Kevin Cook flank a Washington Crossfire player June 9 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

The Gunners (1-5-2) hosted the Crossfire at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium, putting up one of their better performances of the season.

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Semi-pro Gunners shoot blanks in Issaquah debut

June 10, 2014

Premier Development League team loses third straight

By Greg Farrar Josimar Evangelista (right), Puget Sound Gunners midfielder, heads the ball away from Kitsap Pumas forward Miguel Gonzales during the first period of their June 4 soccer match at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Josimar Evangelista (right), Puget Sound Gunners midfielder, heads the ball away from Kitsap Pumas forward Miguel Gonzales during the first period of their June 4 soccer match at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

A new semi-professional soccer team made its Issaquah debut in front of about 200 fans at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium June 4.

The Puget Sound Gunners, a men’s team that develops elite college-aged players with professional aspirations, fell to the Kitsap Pumas, 1-0.

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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Skyline soccer ousted in state quarterfinals

June 3, 2014

An own goal late in the second half propelled the Snohomish Panthers past the Skyline Spartans, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A boys soccer state tournament May 24 at Snohomish High School.

Snohomish went ahead 2-0 in the 71st minute, when Blake Crutchfield’s 35-yard throw-in deflected into the goal off the hands of Skyline goalkeeper Jack O’Keefe.

The Spartans answered with a Nick Morgan goal, assisted by Nate Hardwick, in the 72nd minute, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors, who saw their season come to an end with a 14-2-3 record.

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Local soccer players make All-Area team

June 3, 2014

Boys soccer players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools were named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team.

Liberty’s Colton Ronk, Skyline’s Jason Twaddle and Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala were all honored.

Ronk, a senior, recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty, and was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. He’ll play at Highline Community College next year.

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