Issaquah girls soccer team takes on nation’s No. 1 team Saturday

September 19, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 19, 2014

Clearly, Tom Bunnell like challenges.

The Issaquah High School girls soccer coach has put the biggest challenge he possibly could in front of his three-time state champion program.

The Eagles, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A in Washington state, plays the match of a lifetime at 4 p.m. Saturday when they travel to face the nation’s top-ranked team, Mario Carrillo, of Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Patriots overpower Highlanders, 7-0

September 16, 2014

If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads.

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

But Liberty and Hazen were not playing football that pleasant Tuesday evening; they were playing soccer. So, instead, that rare 7-0 score engineered by the Patriots told the opposite story — one that ends with an overpowering offensive performance courtesy of the defending 3A state champions, now playing at 2A.

“It’s so much fun when you’re scoring — and then you just keep scoring,” said junior captain Jordan Hemmen, who accounted for two of Liberty’s seven scores.

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Spartans rough up Timberwolves, 4-0

September 16, 2014

Don Braman likes to use the nonleague schedule to discover which players work best in certain positions, and the coach may have tougher decisions to make based on the Skyline Spartans’ first three soccer matches.

By Dale Garvey Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

By Dale Garvey
Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

After traveling to Oregon and defeating two opponents by a combined score of 9-1, the Spartans returned to their home venue Sept. 9 and were just as impressive, whipping the Jackson Timberwolves, 4-0, behind goals from four different players.

Skyline substituted freely throughout the match — particularly at midfield and forward — and put the game away early in the second half on goals from Kelli Sullivan and Lindsey Fujiwara.

“We were really excited to get out and play our first home game,” said Gabby Hart, a junior forward. “We definitely had a good first half, but we really picked it up in the second half and got things more organized.”

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Issaquah soccer team takes second at nationals

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U-15 girls team finished second at the National Premier League Finals in Greensboro, N.C., July 10-14.

In the qualifying round, the Gunners defeated a team from New Jersey, ranked 17th in the nation, 3-1. In order to continue to advance in the tournament, the girls needed to score five times in a July 12 game against a Mississippi squad.

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Puget Sound Gunners drop season finale, finish in seventh

July 15, 2014

The Puget Sound Gunners wrapped up their inaugural season in Issaquah under a cloudless sky and warmer-than-average temperatures at Gary Moore Stadium July 11.

The team’s 3-1 loss to the Victoria Highlanders FC put a cap on what’s been a season of struggles for the Gunners, who finished the season with a 3-9-2 record, good for seventh in the eight-team Northwest Division.

The Gunners were without head coach Jimmy Ball for the season finale, as he traveled to the National Premier League finals in Greensboro, N.C., with some of the ISC Gunners youth teams.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Above, Gunners forward Brady Ballew (center) serves the ball off his foot and toward a Victoria Highlanders’ defender’s face in the Gunners 3-1 loss July 11.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Above, Gunners forward Brady Ballew (center) serves the ball off his foot and toward a Victoria Highlanders’ defender’s face in the Gunners 3-1 loss July 11.

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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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