No. 1 Skyline soccer team slips past Kentridge, 1-0

November 9, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 9, 2011

With the pressure mounting in a scoreless match, Skyline High School goalkeeper Tina Vargas occupied her mind with only good thoughts.

Vargas made a match-saving save in the 67th minute to preserve a scoreless tie, and top-ranked Skyline went on to beat No. 8 Kentridge 1-0 Tuesday in a first-round Class 4A girls soccer state tournament game at Skyline.

Substitute junior forward Rachel Shim scored in the 75th minute for the only goal

In the quarterfinals this weekend, the Spartans (15-0-2) will host the winner of of the Wednesday Kentwood-Jackson matchup.

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Skyline wins KingCo girls soccer title in OT

November 8, 2011

Brooke Bofto (left), Skyline sophomore midfielder, heads the ball as Jocelyn Eng, Issaquah senior forward, tries to take possession during the first half of the KingCo 4A title game Nov. 1. By Christopher Huber

The game seemed to be in the bag for the Skyline High School girls soccer team, but a last-second Issaquah goal made the Spartans work a little harder Nov. 1 for the KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer title.

An 80th-minute, Issaquah goal stunned Skyline fans and players, but it didn’t take long for the Spartans to seal the deal in overtime.

Senior midfielder Sydne Tingey scored in the 83rd minute to lift the Skyline Spartans over the Issaquah Eagles, 2-1, to become KingCo champs for the second year in a row.

Tingey took a well-placed cross from Jordan Branch at about the 4-yard line, turned and shot left-to-right from the left post. It was her sixth goal of the season.

“It was so relieving. I was like, ‘I’m going to score this goal,’” Tingey said as her team celebrated its third KingCo 4A title in four years. “I just touched it, I kinda volleyed it and I shot it.”

Skyline finished the regular season 14-0-2 and is seeded No. 1 in District 2 heading into the state tournament. Issaquah (9-5-2) is seeded No. 2. The Spartans, ranked first in the state, hosted No. 8 Kentridge Nov. 8 in the first round of the state tournament. Issaquah plays No. 3 Todd Beamer at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Federal Way Stadium.

It was a classic Skyline-Issaquah match-up.

“This was the kind of test quality teams have to pass,” Skyline head coach Don Braman said.

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Skyline outlasts Issaquah in KingCo title game

November 2, 2011

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011

Yielding a goal with less than 30 seconds left in regulation stunned the second-ranked Skyline High School girls soccer team.

But it didn’t stop them.

Senior midfielder Sydne Tingey corralled a sweet cross from Jordan Branch to score in the 83rd minute as the Spartans turned back Issaquah 2-1 in overtime Nov. 1 in the KingCo 4A Conference championship match at Skyline.

The dramatic win gave defending champ Skyline (14-0-2) its fourth KingCo 4A title overall and third in four years. Both teams had already clinched state-playoff berths.

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Liberty High School Patriots win girls soccer finale

November 1, 2011

The Liberty High School girls soccer team completed another unbeaten KingCo Conference 3A/2A season Oct. 27 when the Patriots overwhelmed visiting Interlake, 6-0.

Liberty, which had already won the league title, finished KingCo play with a 14-0 record. Interlake, which entered the game in second place, finished at 10-3-1.

The Patriots, 15-1-0 overall, advance to the Class 3A state tournament and will host a first-round game Nov. 9.

Senior forward Cassidy Nangle led the Patriots against Interlake. She scored a hat trick, becoming the third Liberty player this season to score three or more goals in a game. Nangle has 13 goals on the season.

Kailiana Johnson scored her 14th goal, which leads the Patriots.

Nicolle Marlow had two goals for Liberty.

Goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded her ninth shutout of the season.

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Skyline, Liberty girls soccer teams keep on winning

October 26, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26, 2011 

The Skyline and Liberty high-school girls soccer teams, who have already locked up their respective KingCo Conference regular-season titles, kept on winning Tuesday.

Skyline, the KingCo 4A champion, closed out its regular season with a 1-0 victory against Redmond. Nicole Cangioglos, assisted by Anna Deweirdt, scored Skyline’s goal just four minutes into the game. The Spartans again played tough defense by registering their eighth shutout of the season. Goalkeeper Sydney Martinez recorded the shutout.

The Spartans finished league play with a 9-0-1 record and had a five-point lead over second place Issaquah, which had a bye. Skyline and Issaquah, who both have secured berths in the Class 4A state tournament, meet again Nov. 1 at Skyline in the KingCo championship game.

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Skyline takes KingCo regular-season soccer title

October 25, 2011

The Skyline High School girls soccer team gets close wins and blowouts. But the one thing the Spartans have been consistent about for many years is just winning.

Skyline captured the KingCo Conference 4A regular-season title for the second straight year Oct. 20 with a 1-0 victory against visiting Woodinville.

With the victory, Skyline went to 8-0-1 in league play and 12-0-2 overall.

Jordan Branch’s goal at the 38th minute was just enough for the Spartans, who wrapped up their regular season Oct. 25 at Redmond.

The shutout was the second of the week for goalkeeper Tina Vargas. The Spartans have seven shutouts for the season.

Prior to last week, the Spartans had been trailing Issaquah in the KingCo standings. However, Skyline moved into first place Oct. 18 with a 4-0 victory against the visiting Eagles.

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Liberty High School girls soccer team nets conference title

October 21, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team, already bound for the Class 3A state playoffs, wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Thursday with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier this week. This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

Kaliana Johnson had a hat trick to lead Liberty in its victory against Juanita.

Liberty got a battle from Juanita, which has just one league victory this season. Juanita took the lead three times in the game but Liberty always answered with a tying goal.

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Liberty girls soccer team clinches state berth

October 19, 2011

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team clinched a Class 3A state tournament berth for the second straight year Tuesday when the Patriots defeated visiting Lake Washington 3-0 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty improved its league-leading record to 11-0 and captured the KingCo 3A Conference’s automatic Class 3A state playoff berth. As KingCo No. 1 the Patriots do not have to play in the league tournament for a state tournament berth.

The Patriots will enter the state tournament next month seeded as the District 2 No. 1 entry and will host a first-round game.

The Patriots, who have three games left to play in the regular season, stretched their lead to 11 points over Lake Washington, which entered the game tied with Interlake for second place.

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Spartans deal Wolves first conference loss, 2-1

October 18, 2011

Jackie Wilson, Anna Deweirdt hookup for go-ahead goal

Lianna Simms, Skyline junior defender, falls onto the back of Eastlake sophomore midfielder Emily Cushing after heading the ball during the second period. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School’s Jackie Wilson floated a free kick perfectly into the scrum of players at the edge of the goal box.

Skyline junior forward Anna Deweirdt took it, saw the opening and fired the ball right past Eastlake goalkeeper Bryce Kennedy for the go-ahead goal in the 71st minute.

“I just know how Jackie kicks,” Deweirdt said after the Oct. 13 match at Eastlake High School.

Skyline dealt Eastlake its first KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer loss in a 2-1 victory. The Spartans entered this week in second place in the league at 6-0-1, behind Issaquah (6-0-2).

The Wolves fell to 2-1-4 in KingCo and 4-2-7 overall.

“We knew 23 (Wilson) delivers a great ball,” Eastlake coach Chuck Krieble said. “There were no surprises tonight.”

Deweirdt noted that she and Wilson work on shots like the winning one at practice often. Wilson feeds a well-aimed chip-shot from about 30 yards out and Deweirdt just seems to find it and time the hard shot on goal.

“I just knew she was going to be there,” Wilson said about watching her free kick land in just the right spot for her teammate forward.

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Issaquah High School volleyball team wins again

October 14, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 14, 2011

It took a while for the Issaquah High School volleyball team to get the knack of winning but the Eagles captured their second straight match Thursday by defeating host Eastlake 3-1.

Issaquah dropped the first set 25-19 but bounced back to win 25-18, 25-10, 25-18.

Sam Rogers led the Eagles with 21 kills and 10 digs. Lindsey Ferguson contributed 21 digs and Mckenzie Bostic had 42 assists. Kirsten Fischer gave the Eagles a strong game up front with 14 kills and Leanne Scott had 10 digs.

The victory was the second of the week and of the season for Issaquah, which is 2-5 in KingCo Conference 4A competition and 2-7 for the season. Eastlake dropped to 3-4 in league play and 4-6 overall.

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