April 16, 2013
On a cold, drizzly Friday night, the home stands at Interlake High School’s soccer stadium were nearly empty. The bleachers on the visitors’ side, however, were comparably lined with loyal Liberty soccer supporters, huddled in blankets, holding umbrellas and shouting, “Go blue.”
The Liberty fans did not fill the entire visiting section, but the supporters’ dedication on an April 12 game day, during spring break no less, showed that the Patriots’ boys soccer team is definitely worth rooting for.
Liberty easily gave them something to cheer for, soundly defeating Interlake, 4-0, to remain undefeated with a 9-0-1 record.
April 9, 2013
WOODINVILLE – Cannon Gardner tallied four goals as Skyline pulled away in the third for a 13-11 boys high school lacrosse win over Woodinville on April 4 at Woodinville High School.
The win was the fourth of the spring for the Spartans.
Woodinville took a one-goal lead in the first-quarter, and then gave up five in the second to trail Skyline 7-4 at the half. In the third, the Spartans kept scoring, netting six goals to Woodinville’s three.
March 26, 2013
The Liberty boys soccer team began the 2013 season with two wins against nonconference opponents.
The Patriots defeated Everett, 4-1, March 12. Jared Bales put Liberty on the board first with a goal in the 23rd minute. Noah Anderson added another score, while Jake Ericksen had two more.
February 12, 2013
Two Issaquah and four Liberty high school seniors will officially take their athletic talents to the collegiate level, signing letters of intent to play for universities across the country.
Liberty soccer players Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty made their college commitments official in a special signing day ceremony at the school Feb. 6. The Patriots soccer team placed fourth in state this year.
Both Marlow and Johnson will play for Washington State University, while Noonan will play for Southeastern Louisiana University and Hafferty will suit up for Seattle Pacific University.
February 12, 2013
Former Issaquah High School and University of Washington soccer standout Kate Deines will once again get the opportunity to play in front of the hometown crowd after it was announced that she has signed with Seattle Reign FC.
The club is a part of the new eight-team National Women’s Soccer League set to begin play in spring 2013. The team will play its home matches at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila.
“I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to play professionally in Seattle, before my family and friends,” Deines said in a statement posted on the team’s Facebook page. “The support in this city is awesome, and now to have a professional team in Seattle, I can’t even imagine the atmosphere for our home matches.”
January 15, 2013
Anna Smith, a seventh grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, has been invited to attend the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Development Camp in Phoenix. The program runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3.
Smith, a starting goalkeeper and captain of Crossfire’s U14 ECNL Reece team, was invited to the camp after a long selection process. It began with tryouts of about 200 girls from Washington for 40 spots on the state’s Elite Player Development team.
November 20, 2012
Sometimes, really good things come in small packages.
November 20, 2012
A Liberty High School girls soccer squad that breezed through the regular season to win the KingCo 3A with a 12-0-1 mark, and automatically punch its ticket to the state tournament as the conference winner, could not have met with worse fortune in the semifinal round of the state tournament.
In the semifinals held at Puyallup High School’s Sparks Field on Nov. 16, against Columbia River, Liberty was cruising along and it seemed as though it had secured a surefire 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Tara Johnson goal scored in the first half off a Katie Noonan assist.
Suddenly in the contest’s 69th minute, the Chieftains took one of their two kick-and-a-prayer shots on goal they strung together during the entire game. It somehow got past one of the leading net minders in the state to knot the tally at one all.
The Chieftains shored up their defense to keep Liberty at bay the rest of the way in regulation, and after a pair of five-minute overtime periods yielded no winner, the semis shifted into a shootout scenario, from which Columbia River emerged as the game’s winner.
November 13, 2012
After a couple of phenomenal post-season runs on the road, it is quite possible a tandem of KingCo 4A Crown Division rivals, Issaquah and Skyline, may be paired off in the girls state soccer championship showdown, in Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium at 4 p.m. Nov. 17.
Between Skyline and Issaquah, neither is an easy mark.
The last time they met was Oct. 23 when the two squads dueled to a scoreless tie.
November 13, 2012
The memories of last year’s 3A state championship game delicately linger in the minds of the Liberty High School soccer players.
Last year, the Patriots were up 2-0 in the state final against Seattle Prep, but ultimately fell to the Panthers, 3-2, after a roaring comeback.
This year, under the direction of first-year coach Tami Nguyen, Liberty doesn’t intend on letting it happen again.
“The team’s goal is to win these next two state games, so anytime I can help them achieve that goal, then I’m happy about that,” Nguyen said.
It’s been a successful season for the fifth-ranked Patriots, who captured the KingCo 3A title after going 12-1-1 in league play. Liberty had only three losses in the season, all against ranked opponents.