Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island

April 30, 2013

Kaleb Strawn (lower left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, slides in to break up the attempt by Eastlake senior midfielder Jack Bradley (15) to get control of the ball from sophomore midfielder David Kim (4) during the first period. Photo By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar
Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus collide while trying to gain control of the ball in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer, which ended in a scoreless draw.

 

The Liberty High School boys soccer team has gone toe to toe with Mercer Island twice this season, both games resulting in draws.

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Liberty soccer goes undefeated in first week

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.

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Liberty boys soccer team ends season with 2-1 loss

May 15, 2012

With a 2-1 loss to the Sammamish Totems, Liberty High School’s boys soccer team ended its season in the first round of the KingCo 3A Tournament.

Sammamish’s Miguel Hernandez scored a goal off a Beau Blanchard assist in the 48th minute of the game, while Gio Sanchez added an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute to lead the Totems to the win against the Patriots.

Liberty’s Josh Johnson notched an unassisted goal in the 79th minute for the Patriots.

Liberty Patriots soccer team blanks Mount Si Wildcats, 3-0

April 17, 2012

Darren Tremblay had plenty of reason to be happy.

“It was a total team effort,” the Liberty boys soccer head coach said of the Patriots’ 3-0 win over Mount Si. “Every guy played well.”

The Patriots populated their back lines, playing the Wildcats with a 4-5-1, stifling the creativity of the Mount Si squad at three-fourths of the field. The Wildcats had one shot on goal.

“It’s the only time we do this, when we play Mount Si,” Tremblay said of the tactical formation that puts four defenders, a crowded midfield of five and a lone forward on the pitch. “They play 4-3-3, so there’s nobody out wide and we can match up man-to-man in the middle.”

Quick counterattacks put the Patriots on the board and in a prime position at the start of the second half of the season.

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Liberty Patriots get in the win column with back-to-back victories

April 3, 2012

Colton Ronk (23), Liberty High School sophomore midfielder, has the ball pop between his legs in front of him, at the same time he splits between Sammamish High School forwards Tommy Danielsen (left) and Miguel Hernandez. Using the confusion in the next seconds, Ronk scored the double-overtime goal for the 1-0 win. By Greg Farrar

After dropping games against Hazen, Redmond, Mount Si and Bellevue high schools to open the Liberty boys soccer season, the Patriots knew they were due for a win.

With two halves played and less than a minute to go in a double overtime matchup March 27 at Sammamish High School, it looked like the Patriots might have to settle for the tie.

Not on sophomore midfielder Colton Ronk’s watch.

With seconds to spare, Ronk knocked in an unassisted goal — his first this year — and gave Liberty its first win this season.

“We deserved this,” he said. “It feels really great to finally get a win. We have to continue to work really hard in practice and finish well in games.”

Liberty’s junior goalkeeper Nate Mak achieved his first shutout of the season by squashing several attempted offensive strikes from the Totems, who already scored 11 goals in their first three games of the season.

Liberty racked up another successful matchup March 30 in a 2-1 conference win over Lake Washington with two goals scored by senior Scott McLaren, one with an assist from senior Zach Lentini 55 minutes into the game and the other with an assist from junior Oliver Janders 79 minutes into the contest.

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Local soccer squads hope to expand upon last year’s successes

March 20, 2012

If there is one consistent element to KingCo soccer year in and year out, it is the pure strength of the league.

“The league’s always tough,” Issaquah head coach Jason Lichtenberger said. “It’s the toughest league in the state, hands down.”

Last season, three teams from the conference qualified for the state tournament and they only lost to other KingCo teams. Garfield lost to Eastlake, who met with Skyline in the finals.

“A lot of leagues you’ll see some pretty strong teams, but there’s also some teams at the bottom that are a little bit weaker,” Lichtenberger said. “But in KingCo, every game’s a battle. The last-place teams beat the first-place teams, if they were to play 10 times, maybe a couple times that last-place team would beat the first-place team, and I don’t think there’s any other league where you’d see that. You just can’t take a game off.”

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Eagles’ Jason Lichtenberger named coach of the year

May 31, 2011

Jason Lichtenberger

Some of his 4A KingCo Conference peers thought this would be a rebuilding year for Issaquah High School boys soccer coach Jason Lichtenberger. After all, eight starters graduated from the 2010 team.

But Lichtenberger believed the Eagles had enough talent to challenge the upper echelon this season. By the end of the season, his peers realized Lichtenberger was right in his assessment of the Issaquah team.

Issaquah, for the third straight year, reached the league tournament. The Eagles posted a 12-3-3 overall record and were 7-2-1 in conference play. Issaquah took third place and finished just three points behind co-leaders Eastlake and Skyline.

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Issaquah ends regular season short of title goal

May 10, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys soccer team planned to shoot for the 4A KingCo Conference title this season. However, just like the previous year, the Eagles finished a bit short of hitting the target.

Michael Roberts, Issaquah senior midfielder (right), battles Garfield’s Ben Feldman (6) and Preston Hale (10) in the last moments of their soccer match May 3. Roberts scored both goals for the Eagles in their 2-1 victory. By Greg Farrar

After beating Garfield 2-1 May 3, Issaquah ended the season with a 7-2-1 record and third in the league standings. The Eagles finished just three points behind co-leaders Eastlake and Skyline, who ended in a tie at 8-1-1. A year ago, the Eagles finished just one point behind the leaders.

But on the plus side for Issaquah, the Eagles attained another goal and that was to reach the league tournament. The Eagles qualified for the league tournament for the third straight year.

“Getting to the league tournament was a big goal of ours,” Issaquah coach Jason Lichtenberger said.

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Issaquah High School soccer nips Garfield

May 4, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. May 4, 2011

Michael Roberts scored two goals Tuesday as he led the Issaquah High School boys soccer team to a 2-1 4A KingCo Conference victory against visiting Garfield in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah and Garfield finished with 7-2-1 records and in a tie for third place in the league standings. Both teams will host a first-round tournament game May 7. The winners of the Saturday games meet May 10 to determine KingCo’s No. 3 berth. KingCo No. 3 will host Wesco No. 3 in a sub-district game to determine a state playoff tournament berth.

Garfield scored in the seventh minute but Roberts, assisted by Nick Smith and Drew Tacher, scored just seconds before the end of the first half to tie the game. Roberts, assisted by Zach Lawless, scored the game-winning goal at the 70th minute.

The Eagles went into the game with a chance at possibly tying for first place pending the outcomes of games for Eastlake and Skyline. However, both Eastlake and Skyline won to finish the regular-season tied for first place. Eastlake and Skyline will play May 10 in the KingCo tournament championship game.

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Issaquah jostles for first in boys 4A soccer logjam

April 19, 2011

Jason Lichtenberger might be the Nostradamus of 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer. Entering the season the Issaquah High School boys coach predicted it would be another close race for the top spot in the standings.

Lichtenberger’s crystal ball is as clear as ever. Entering this week four teams, including Issaquah, were tied for first place. Two other teams were just three points out of first place.

These traffic jams are getting common in 4A KingCo soccer. When last season’s league play ended, three teams tied for first place and two were just one point behind the leaders.

“I knew it was going to be tight this season,” Lichtenberger said. “I knew Skyline was going to be real strong, and that Newport, Eastlake and Garfield would be real good. So it’s not surprising that it’s close at the top.”

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