April 15, 2014
Don Braman has a conundrum most soccer coaches would love to have — three quality goalkeepers and only one starting spot.
Senior Jack O’Keefe and junior Brice Escobar are the most experienced players fighting for time, but sophomore Alex Appel has been just as good during the Skyline Spartans’ nine-game unbeaten streak to start the season.
Appel came in for the second half and made three crucial saves in the last 15 minutes, helping Skyline beat the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders, 1-0, in Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer action April 7.
March 25, 2014
Boys soccer preview
It might not be realistic for the Skyline High School boys soccer team to repeat their success of 2013, when the Spartans, undefeated in conference, play for the first time.
After all, the Spartans will have to find replacements for several key seniors who graduated, including starting center backs Ryan Shim and Chris Sorenson, and all-state central midfielder Kaleb Strawn.
The Spartans finished 13-3 overall and reached the Class 4A state tournament last season, where they lost 1-0 to Camas in the first round. Head coach Don Braman acknowledges the challenge of finding new stars, but thinks the pieces are in place for similar levels of success.