Semi-pro Gunners shoot blanks in Issaquah debut

June 10, 2014

Premier Development League team loses third straight

By Greg Farrar Josimar Evangelista (right), Puget Sound Gunners midfielder, heads the ball away from Kitsap Pumas forward Miguel Gonzales during the first period of their June 4 soccer match at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Josimar Evangelista (right), Puget Sound Gunners midfielder, heads the ball away from Kitsap Pumas forward Miguel Gonzales during the first period of their June 4 soccer match at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

A new semi-professional soccer team made its Issaquah debut in front of about 200 fans at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium June 4.

The Puget Sound Gunners, a men’s team that develops elite college-aged players with professional aspirations, fell to the Kitsap Pumas, 1-0.

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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Skyline soccer ousted in state quarterfinals

June 3, 2014

An own goal late in the second half propelled the Snohomish Panthers past the Skyline Spartans, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A boys soccer state tournament May 24 at Snohomish High School.

Snohomish went ahead 2-0 in the 71st minute, when Blake Crutchfield’s 35-yard throw-in deflected into the goal off the hands of Skyline goalkeeper Jack O’Keefe.

The Spartans answered with a Nick Morgan goal, assisted by Nate Hardwick, in the 72nd minute, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors, who saw their season come to an end with a 14-2-3 record.

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Local soccer players make All-Area team

June 3, 2014

Boys soccer players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools were named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team.

Liberty’s Colton Ronk, Skyline’s Jason Twaddle and Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala were all honored.

Ronk, a senior, recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty, and was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. He’ll play at Highline Community College next year.

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‘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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