October 15, 2013
Liberty High School soccer coach Tami Nguyen must have said something rather poignant during her halftime speech to the team in an Oct. 8 match against Interlake.
The Patriots ended the first half down 1-0. The second half was a different story, however, as Liberty erupted for five goals, clinching a 5-3 victory against the Saints.
Nguyen’s halftime pep talk to the team was short and simple, according to Liberty defender Shaniah Adriano.
“’Horrible start,’ that’s the first thing coach said,” Adriano said.
October 15, 2013
It’s unusual for the Skyline Spartans girls soccer team to be held without a goal in any game, and when it happens twice in a four-match span, it’s definitely a cause for concern.
Skyline lost 1-0 at Woodinville on Sept. 24 and managed a scoreless draw at Inglemoor on Oct. 3. When the team returned to Spartan Stadium to play the Bothell Cougars on Oct. 8, they were hungry to light up the scoreboard.
Thanks to a pair of goals from senior Aleisha Gable, and two assists from senior Jordan Branch, the Spartans did exactly that in thrashing Bothell, 5-0, in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.
“We have two hard games next week,” said Gable, referring to Garfield and Eastlake. “We needed this comeback and to get our energy back up.”
September 3, 2013
The Eastside FC B95 White soccer team brought home the championship trophy from the 2013 Pacific Coast Challenge tournament Aug. 23-25 in Bellingham.
The U19 Premier champions, coached by Fernando Barros and Anderson “Xinho” Prestes, went 2-0-1 in bracket play, scoring 10 goals and allowing only 3, to earn a ticket to the semifinals, where they went on to grind out a win against Northwest Nationals B95 Red, 1-0.
In the championship match, they faced a tough WFC Rangers team, the team they tied 1-1 in bracket play. They were determined, however, to extract a different outcome, and earned a win and shutout with a 2-0 victory.
August 27, 2013
Most eighth-graders will settle into their routines at school in mid-September, but 13-year-old Anna Smith will be off on another soccer adventure.
Smith, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, is considered one of the top under-14 players in the country. She’s been invited to participate in the U.S. U-14 girls national team camp in Carson, Calif., from Sept. 14-21.
Smith, goalkeeper for the Redmond-based Crossfire Premier club, is making her name known with the nation’s top coaches. Only 36 players, including four keepers, have been invited to California next month.
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 email@example.com.
July 30, 2013
Eastside FC girls capture first national soccer title in 17 years
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 14, 2013
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.”