November 26, 2014
Recovering from a heartbreaking loss isn’t something the Skyline Spartans wanted to do at the Class 4A state soccer tournament, but they did it successfully last weekend.
Skyline got goals from three of its top offensive players — Lindsey Fujiwara, Amanda Johnston and Kelli Sullivan — to earn a 3-1 win over the Gig Harbor Tides in the match for third and fourth places Nov. 22 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
September 16, 2014
Don Braman likes to use the nonleague schedule to discover which players work best in certain positions, and the coach may have tougher decisions to make based on the Skyline Spartans’ first three soccer matches.
After traveling to Oregon and defeating two opponents by a combined score of 9-1, the Spartans returned to their home venue Sept. 9 and were just as impressive, whipping the Jackson Timberwolves, 4-0, behind goals from four different players.
Skyline substituted freely throughout the match — particularly at midfield and forward — and put the game away early in the second half on goals from Kelli Sullivan and Lindsey Fujiwara.
“We were really excited to get out and play our first home game,” said Gabby Hart, a junior forward. “We definitely had a good first half, but we really picked it up in the second half and got things more organized.”
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.
May 6, 2014
In a matchup of teams with very similar résumés, it was one of the most talented players on the pitch who came through with the game-changing play.
Skyline High School senior forward Jason Twaddle scored in the fourth minute, and the Spartans handed the rival Issaquah Eagles their first loss of the season, 1-0, on May 1 at Spartan Stadium.
The victory catapulted Skyline (9-0-1, 28 points) past Issaquah (9-1-0, 27 points) for first place in the Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer standings. The teams will play for the KingCo tournament title at 7:30 p.m. May 8, and Skyline will have the home-field advantage again.
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.
October 15, 2013
It’s unusual for the Skyline Spartans girls soccer team to be held without a goal in any game, and when it happens twice in a four-match span, it’s definitely a cause for concern.
Skyline lost 1-0 at Woodinville on Sept. 24 and managed a scoreless draw at Inglemoor on Oct. 3. When the team returned to Spartan Stadium to play the Bothell Cougars on Oct. 8, they were hungry to light up the scoreboard.
Thanks to a pair of goals from senior Aleisha Gable, and two assists from senior Jordan Branch, the Spartans did exactly that in thrashing Bothell, 5-0, in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.
“We have two hard games next week,” said Gable, referring to Garfield and Eastlake. “We needed this comeback and to get our energy back up.”