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.”
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.”
April 30, 2013
The undefeated Skyline High School boys soccer team continued its perfect season and secured a spot in the KingCo championship game by shutting out Eastlake, 4-0, April 23.
“I thought we did well, and possessed the ball and made them work hard. When they made mistakes, we took advantage of them,” Skyline coach Don Braman said. “It’s going to be a tough road ahead of us, but the nice thing is we have worked hard to put ourselves in a good position.”
The Spartans seized on the opportunity to score early in the game when senior Ryan Shim scored off a corner kick by his fellow classmate, Kaleb Strawn in the eighth minute.
“It was a good thing,” Braman said about Shim’s goal. “He’s a real intelligent player, and we like getting him up field on those corners because he promises he’ll score.”