The Thrill of victory

November 26, 2013

Patriots capture first girls state soccer title

The Liberty High School girls soccer team hugs and screams for joy after the 2-1 state 3A championship victory against Kamiakin on

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team hugs and screams for joy after the 2-1 state 3A championship victory against Kamiakin on Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team hugs and screams for joy after the 2-1 state 3A championship victory against Kamiakin on Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

As time wound down and the Liberty High School girls soccer team secured a 2-1 victory over Kamiakin in the Nov. 23 3A state championship game, two things were certain.

First, the Patriots would capture their first state title in girls soccer. Second, the team, which had sworn off fast food this season, would feast on McDonald’s that night.

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The agony of defeat

November 26, 2013

Issaquah girls lose second straight finale heartbreaker

This was supposed to be their year.

After a painful loss to rival Skyline in last year’s state championship, the Issaquah High School girls soccer team was not about to let the sting of second place plague them again.

By Greg Farrar Anna Miller, Issaquah High School sophomore goalkeeper, and her tearful teammates congratulate the Central Valley Bears after coming in second in the state 4A girls soccer championship final Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
Anna Miller, Issaquah High School sophomore goalkeeper, and her tearful teammates congratulate the Central Valley Bears after coming in second in the state 4A girls soccer championship final Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

The Eagles were off to a great start in 2013, finally defeating the Spartans in a thrilling shootout victory in the state quarterfinals Nov. 16.

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Third time’s a charm

November 19, 2013

At left, Jaeden Chew (left), Skyline High School senior keeper, takes in the ball on a penalty kick as Issaquah’s Deval Talley, with Abbie Litka and Erin Schlosser, of Skyline, pursue the play in the second period.

Liberty stuns Columbia River

November 19, 2013

The Columbia River girls soccer team came into the state tournament with a rather impressive résumé.

In addition to being the defending state champions, the Chieftains had outscored opponents 83-0.

By Greg Farrar Sami Harrell (second from left), Liberty High School junior forward, sees her kick get by Bishop Blanchet’s goalie Nov. 16 for the for the first of her two goals in a 3-0 state 3A soccer tournament first-round win at home.

By Greg Farrar
Sami Harrell (second from left), Liberty High School junior forward, sees her kick get by Bishop Blanchet’s goalie Nov. 16 for the for the first of her two goals in a 3-0 state 3A soccer tournament first-round win at home.

That’s right, no team had scored on Columbia River this year, that is until the team met the Patriots Nov. 13.

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Clash for the crown

November 5, 2013

Skyline blanks Issaquah to win 4A KincCo title

By Greg Farrar Amanda Johnston (left), Skyline junior forward, and senior midfielder Aleisha Gable, fight Issaquah freshman defender Kaylene Pang for the ball early in the first period.

By Greg Farrar
Amanda Johnston (left), Skyline junior forward, and senior midfielder Aleisha Gable, fight Issaquah freshman defender Kaylene Pang for the ball early in the first period.

Skyline High School has had a stellar defensive record all season, but in the span of seven days, it got even better against one of the state’s top teams.

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Patriots cross-country squads finish undefeated in KingCo

October 22, 2013

By Greg Farrar Aaron Bowe (right), Liberty High School senior, and sophomore Collin Olson run with three Islanders in the lead pack Oct. 16 at their cross country meet. Bowe won in 15 minutes, 38 seconds and Olson took second in 15:59.

By Greg Farrar
Aaron Bowe (right), Liberty High School senior, and sophomore Collin Olson run with three Islanders in the lead pack Oct. 16 at their cross country meet. Bowe won in 15 minutes, 38 seconds and Olson took second in 15:59.

On the back of the Liberty cross-country team’s blue sweatshirts is an outline of Washington state. Superimposed across it are the words “We run this place.”

The 2013 Patriots are well on the way to living up to the phrase, having just completed an undefeated KingCo 3A/2A regular season.

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Explosive second half propels Patriots to win

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.

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Aleisha Gable leads Skyline attack to beat back Bothell

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.”

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Eastside FC soccer team wins championship

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.

 

Anna Smith establishes herself as standout U-14 keeper

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.

Contributed Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

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Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

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.

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