‘Hyped-up’ Spartans net first-round state soccer playoff win

May 27, 2014

The Skyline High School boys soccer team had recently tasted disappointment in the first round of the state tournament, and the Spartans weren’t about to let it happen again.

After suffering their first loss of the season to rival Issaquah in the May 8 KingCo Conference championship game, the Spartans rebounded in a big way.

Armeen Badri and Jason Twaddle netted goals in a four-minute span of the second half, and the Spartans defeated the Puyallup Vikings, 2-0, in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament May 21 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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Liberty’s soccer playoff run comes to an end

May 20, 2014

The Liberty High School boys soccer team’s season came to an abrupt end May 15.

The KingCo regular season champions lost to Mercer Island and Mount Si in the league tournament.

The Patriots fell to the Islanders, 4-2, in the conference championship, before losing to the Wildcats, 1-0, in a loser-out game.

Despite a tough league tournament, it was a relatively successful year for the Patriots. Liberty senior Colton Ronk was named the KingCo 2A/3A Most Valuable Player, while head coach Darren Tremblay earned Coach of the Year honors.

Patriots Tyler Jensen, Tyler Wray and Colton Ronk were named All-League First Team; Quinn Magendanz and Antonio Lago were All-League Second Team; and Michael Duvall, Ryan Graham, Leoul Hancock and Jacob Muttart received Honorable Mentions.

 

All-KingCo boys soccer teams selected

May 20, 2014

Boys soccer coaches in the Class 4A KingCo Conference recently selected their all-conference teams for the 2014 season.

First team: MF Nate Hardwick, junior, Skyline; GK Saif Kerawala, junior, Issaquah; D Nick Morgan, senior, Skyline; GK Jack O’Keefe, senior, Skyline; D Jeff Shipley, senior, Issaquah; and F Jason Twaddle, senior, Skyline.

Second team: GK Alex Appel, sophomore, Skyline; D Nick Christoforou, senior, Skyline; F Ryan Higgins, senior, Issaquah; MF Alex Kane, senior, Issaquah; and F Josh Zhou, senior, Issaquah.

Liberty wins second straight KingCo title

May 13, 2014

By Greg Farrar Tyler Jensen (16), Liberty High School junior forward, dashes to the sideline with a grin in the second period as teammates Leoul Hancock (14), Colton Ronk and Antonio Lago (3) help celebrate the first of his two goals May 6 in a 2-0 win against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Jensen (16), Liberty High School junior forward, dashes to the sideline with a grin in the second period as teammates Leoul Hancock (14), Colton Ronk and Antonio Lago (3) help celebrate the first of his two goals May 6 in a 2-0 win against Mount Si.

The Liberty High School Patriots celebrated their senior night with the KingCo title after playing the Mount Si Wildcats. The Patriots’ 2-0 victory May 6 gave the team its second year in a row as season champions.

The final soccer match of the season for the Patriots showcased the scoring talent of junior Tyler Jensen.

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Gunners FC opens its season May 17

May 13, 2014

The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.

The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.

Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.

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Skyline nips Issaquah in KingCo boys soccer clash

May 6, 2014

In a matchup of teams with very similar résumés, it was one of the most talented players on the pitch who came through with the game-changing play.

Skyline High School senior forward Jason Twaddle scored in the fourth minute, and the Spartans handed the rival Issaquah Eagles their first loss of the season, 1-0, on May 1 at Spartan Stadium.

The victory catapulted Skyline (9-0-1, 28 points) past Issaquah (9-1-0, 27 points) for first place in the Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer standings. The teams will play for the KingCo tournament title at 7:30 p.m. May 8, and Skyline will have the home-field advantage again.

By Greg Farrar Dyllon Nguyen (9), Issaquah High School senior forward, hits the ball away from Skyline High School senior defender Nick Christoforou in the final minutes as the Eagles mount a flurry of last-minute attacks to try to avert their 1-0 loss.

By Greg Farrar
Dyllon Nguyen (9), Issaquah High School senior forward, hits the ball away from Skyline High School senior defender Nick Christoforou in the final minutes as the Eagles mount a flurry of last-minute attacks to try to avert their 1-0 loss.

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Eagles blank mustangs, 2-0

April 29, 2014

Above, Josh Zhou, Issaquah High School senior forward (right) sprawls to the pitch as he puts a diving header from five yards out between the legs of Redmond senior goalkeeper Grayson Raffensperger for the Eagles’ insurance goal in the 63rd minute of their April 25 soccer match. The Eagles recorded their school-record seventh straight shutout in the match, and play at Skyline High School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in a battle of unbeaten teams for the regular season championship. They will again face off May 8 for the KingCo 4A Championship. At left, Ryan Higgins, Issaquah High School senior captain midfielder heads the ball away from Redmond sophomore defender Yoon Yoo during the second period of their April 25 soccer match at Issaquah Stadium. The Eagles beat the Mustangs, 2-0. Photos by Greg Farrar

Ryan Higgins, Issaquah High School senior captain midfielder heads the ball away from Redmond sophomore defender Yoon Yoo during the second period of their April 25 soccer match at Issaquah Stadium. The Eagles beat the Mustangs, 2-0.
Photos by Greg Farrar

Above, Josh Zhou, Issaquah High School senior forward (right) sprawls to the pitch as he puts a diving header from five yards out between the legs of Redmond senior goalkeeper Grayson Raffensperger for the Eagles’ insurance goal in the 63rd minute of their April 25 soccer match. The Eagles recorded their school-record seventh straight shutout in the match, and play at Skyline High School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in a battle of unbeaten teams for the regular season championship. They will again face off May 8 for the KingCo 4A Championship.

Josh Zhou, Issaquah High School senior forward (right) sprawls to the pitch as he puts a diving header from five yards out between the legs of Redmond senior goalkeeper Grayson Raffensperger for the Eagles’ insurance goal in the 63rd minute of their April 25 soccer match.
The Eagles recorded their school-record seventh straight shutout in the match, and play at Skyline High School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in a battle of unbeaten teams for the regular season championship. They will again face off May 8 for the KingCo 4A Championship.

Eagles make a move upward in boys soccer

April 22, 2014

They were muddled in the middle.

That was the story of the Issaquah High School boys soccer team a year ago.

Turn the page to 2014, and the Eagles are anything but a middling team, at least, so far.

Under the direction of first-year varsity coach Kyle Tatro, Issaquah is trending upward in the KingCo 4A Conference standings. The Eagles are leading the conference at 5-0-0 and are off to an unbeaten 7-0-1 start overall.

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Former Hazen star now roams Liberty sidelines

April 22, 2014

Sam Bunnell, Liberty High School’s new assistant soccer coach, is no stranger to the school’s turf field.

In fact, he’s played on it quite recently. He just wasn’t playing for the home team at the time.

Sam Bunnell

Sam Bunnell

Bunnell suited up for the rival Hazen Highlanders, where just last year he starred on a team that won the Seamount League championship and earned a state tournament berth.

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Skyline’s Alex Appel preserves shutout victory

April 15, 2014

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win against the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win against the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

Don Braman has a conundrum most soccer coaches would love to have — three quality goalkeepers and only one starting spot.

Senior Jack O’Keefe and junior Brice Escobar are the most experienced players fighting for time, but sophomore Alex Appel has been just as good during the Skyline Spartans’ nine-game unbeaten streak to start the season.

Appel came in for the second half and made three crucial saves in the last 15 minutes, helping Skyline beat the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders, 1-0, in Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer action April 7.

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