Skyline hosts girls soccer camp

August 13, 2013

The Skyline High School girls varsity soccer team’s sixth annual summer camp takes place Aug. 30 at the Skyline community fields, 1122 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish.

The camp, from 1-4 p.m., is open to all female soccer players ages 6-13. The cost is $35 per player, which includes a future Spartans T-shirt. Campers should bring a soccer ball, shin guards, soccer cleats, sunscreen and water. Camp participants also get first chance to sign up to become ball girls for this year’s Spartans’ home soccer matches.

The camp serves as a fundraiser for the Skyline program. Last year, the camp had 35 participants and raised more than $1,000, which was used to purchase equipment and uniforms, and cover travel expenses.

Register for the camp by emailing skylinesoccer@comcast.net.

 

 

 

 

Drought over

July 30, 2013

Eastside FC girls capture first national soccer title in 17 years

Contributed The Eastside FC U14 squad celebrates with a team photo after winning the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship July 27.

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The Eastside FC U14 squad celebrates with a team photo after winning the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship July 27.

It had been 17 years since a girls team from Washington had won the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, but the Eastside FC under-14 squad ended that streak July 27 in Overland Park, Kan.

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Eastside FC looks to make history

July 9, 2013

The group of girls who form the Eastside FC 95 White soccer squad have tasted unprecedented success over the course of the 2013 season.

First came a strong regular season in which the 18-and-under club went 10-3-1 and outscored its opponents 30-6.

By Neil Pierson  Rachel Waddell chases Amanda Ulrich during an Eastside FC 95 White girls team practice July 3.

By Neil Pierson
Rachel Waddell chases Amanda Ulrich during an Eastside FC 95 White girls team practice July 3.

Many of the players had been with coach Ryan Dortch since they were 11, but none of them had hoisted a state-championship trophy. That changed when Eastside FC obliterated the opposition at the Virginia Mason Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup. Their offense erupted for 27 goals over seven games.

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Spartan Kaleb Strawn’s soccer career is starting to soar

June 18, 2013

Kaleb Strawn has never been able to physically dominate opponents on the soccer pitch. Instead, he uses intelligence and speed to make the other team miserable.

This spring, the 5-foot-7 Strawn led the Skyline Spartans to their first undefeated KingCo Conference season. The central midfielder supplied a single-season school record for points with his 11 goals and 13 assists, and it helped him lock up an NCAA Division II collegiate scholarship offer from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

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Local soccer teams advance to regionals

June 11, 2013

After winning the U.S. Youth Soccer Washington State Championships, 13 Seattle-area teams qualified to compete in the regional championship June 17-23 in Honolulu.

Two teams from Preston were among the champions. The Eastside FC Boys 94 Red team and the Eastside FC Girls 95 Red team qualified to join more than 240 of the West’s top teams as they compete for the regional title.

Eastside FC Girls 95 Red will compete in the 17-and-under age division, while Eastside FC Boys 94 Red will play in the 18-and-under age division.

Regional winners will earn a spot in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships July 22-28 in Kansas.

 

 

 

Skyline blanked in KingCo title match to Inglemoor, 4-0

May 14, 2013

By Greg Farrar Kaleb Strawn (left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, and Inglemoor senior midfielder Christian Nesselquist jockey for position for a potential header during the first period of their May 7 KingCo 4A championship match.

By Greg Farrar
Kaleb Strawn (left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, and Inglemoor senior midfielder Christian Nesselquist jockey for position for a potential header during the first period of their May 7 KingCo 4A championship match.

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.”

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Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island

April 30, 2013

Kaleb Strawn (lower left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, slides in to break up the attempt by Eastlake senior midfielder Jack Bradley (15) to get control of the ball from sophomore midfielder David Kim (4) during the first period. Photo By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar
Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus collide while trying to gain control of the ball in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer, which ended in a scoreless draw.

 

The Liberty High School boys soccer team has gone toe to toe with Mercer Island twice this season, both games resulting in draws.

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Skyline goes undefeated into Kingco championship

April 30, 2013

The undefeated Skyline High School boys soccer team continued its perfect season and secured a spot in the KingCo championship game by shutting out Eastlake, 4-0, April 23.

“I thought we did well, and possessed the ball and made them work hard. When they made mistakes, we took advantage of them,” Skyline coach Don Braman said. “It’s going to be a tough road ahead of us, but the nice thing is we have worked hard to put ourselves in a good position.”

By Greg Farrar Kaleb Strawn (lower left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, slides in to break up the attempt by Eastlake senior midfielder Jack Bradley (15) to get control of the ball from sophomore midfielder David Kim (4) during the first period.

By Greg Farrar
Kaleb Strawn (lower left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, slides in to break up the attempt by Eastlake senior midfielder Jack Bradley (15) to get control of the ball from sophomore midfielder David Kim (4) during the first period.

The Spartans seized on the opportunity to score early in the game when senior Ryan Shim scored off a corner kick by his fellow classmate, Kaleb Strawn in the eighth minute.

“It was a good thing,” Braman said about Shim’s goal. “He’s a real intelligent player, and we like getting him up field on those corners because he promises he’ll score.”

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Interlake, rain can’t stop Liberty boys soccer

April 16, 2013

On a cold, drizzly Friday night, the home stands at Interlake High School’s soccer stadium were nearly empty. The bleachers on the visitors’ side, however, were comparably lined with loyal Liberty soccer supporters, huddled in blankets, holding umbrellas and shouting, “Go blue.”

The Liberty fans did not fill the entire visiting section, but the supporters’ dedication on an April 12 game day, during spring break no less, showed that the Patriots’ boys soccer team is definitely worth rooting for.

Liberty easily gave them something to cheer for, soundly defeating Interlake, 4-0, to remain undefeated with a 9-0-1 record.

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Skyline hangs on for win over Woodinville

April 9, 2013

WOODINVILLE – Cannon Gardner tallied four goals as Skyline pulled away in the third for a 13-11 boys high school lacrosse win over Woodinville on April 4 at Woodinville High School.

The win was the fourth of the spring for the Spartans.

Woodinville took a one-goal lead in the first-quarter, and then gave up five in the second to trail Skyline 7-4 at the half. In the third, the Spartans kept scoring, netting six goals to Woodinville’s three.

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