Issaquah capitalizes on golden chance to beat Skyline

May 5, 2015

In the end, it didn’t matter that Issaquah High School’s goal was under siege for much of the second half, or that Skyline piled up a 20-6 advantage in shots.

By Greg Farrar Mikey Callan, Issaquah High School captain and senior midfielder, exults after his goal in the 25th minute as Skyline keeper Bryce Escobar lies sprawled on the pitch and Nick Morgan looks at the ball in the net.

By Greg Farrar
Mikey Callan, Issaquah High School captain and senior midfielder, exults after his goal in the 25th minute as Skyline keeper Bryce Escobar lies sprawled on the pitch and Nick Morgan looks at the ball in the net.

When Issaquah midfielder Mikey Callan pounced on a loose ball in the box and scored in the 25th minute, the Eagles had all the offense they needed to beat the visiting Spartans, 1-0, in Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer action on May 1 at Gary Moore Stadium.

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Matthew Richardson’s hat trick leads Spartans’ 5-0 rout of Falcons

April 28, 2015

Lopsided victories don’t happen very often for Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer teams, so Skyline High School’s blowout of Woodinville on April 21 was a cause for celebration for the Spartans.

By Greg Farrar Sean Curtis (left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, celebrates his goal with senior team captain Nick Morgan at the end of the first period against Woodinville.

By Greg Farrar
Sean Curtis (left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, celebrates his goal with senior team captain Nick Morgan at the end of the first period against Woodinville.

Junior forward Matthew Richardson collected his first career hat trick, scoring in the 12th, 24th and 78th minutes as Skyline powered past the visiting Falcons, 5-0.

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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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‘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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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.

Eagles exact revenge on Spartans, win KingCo soccer title

May 9, 2014

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Familiarity breeds contempt, the old saying goes.

For Issaquah High School goalkeeper Saif Kerawala, though, familiarity breeds success.

Kerawala plays alongside many Skyline High School players during his select soccer season with Eastside FC, and his knowledge of how they take penalty kicks proved valuable in the Class 4A KingCo Conference championship match May 8.

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Skyline’s Alex Appel preserves shutout victory

April 15, 2014

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win against the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win against the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

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.

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