Keeping goals

July 14, 2015

Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala embarks upon a promising college, pro soccer adventure

By Chris Coulter Issaquah High School graduate Saif Kerawala, playing goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders 2, distributes the ball to a teammate during a May 20 U.S. Open Cup match against the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. Kerawala won his debut for the club in extra time, 4-2.

By Chris Coulter
Issaquah High School graduate Saif Kerawala, playing goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders 2, distributes the ball to a teammate during a May 20 U.S. Open Cup match against the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. Kerawala won his debut for the club in extra time, 4-2.

It’s easy to see why Saif Kerawala, with his towering frame and hawk-like wingspan, has become a successful goalkeeper, but it might be the work he did at another position that has truly turned him into an elite shot-stopping force. Read more

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Gunners FC 1-0 loss has them still in search of first win

June 17, 2015

With the exception of one lopsided loss, Puget Sound Gunners FC has shown it can compete against every team in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Both teams compete for the header on an unsuccessful Puget Sound Gunners corner kick in the Gunners’ 1-0 loss to the Kitsap Pumas on June 14 at Issaquah High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Both teams compete for the header on an unsuccessful Puget Sound Gunners corner kick in the Gunners’ 1-0 loss to the Kitsap Pumas on June 14 at Issaquah High School.

The Gunners’ latest result, a 1-0 loss to the division-leading Kitsap Pumas on June 14 at Issaquah High School, was indicative of that trend.

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Patriots athletes named to all-league teams

June 17, 2015

Several spring sports have announced their 2015 all-league and all-conference selections following the completion of the regular season. League coaches select the teams.

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Issaquah’s Fab 14 accept scholarships

April 21, 2015

Coaches and players on opposing basketball teams knew how good Ty Gibson was, but the Issaquah High School senior might not have convinced any colleges of his talents until a virtuoso performance at the state tournament in March.

Over the course of three games, Gibson set a new tourney scoring record with 87 points. His last two games in an Issaquah uniform were superstar material — a career-high 42 points against Moses Lake, and 32 more against Kentwood as the Eagles clinched the fourth-place trophy.

By Greg Farrar Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

By Greg Farrar
Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

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Issaquah grad Kate Deines retires from pro soccer

April 7, 2015

Former Issaquah High School soccer star Kate Deines has decided to hang up her cleats.

Kate Deines

Kate Deines

The 2008 Eagles grad announced her retirement from professional soccer March 31, according to a press release from her National Women’s Soccer League club, FC Kansas City.

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Puget Sound Gunners host Lane United FC

June 24, 2014

The Premier Development League’s Puget Sound Gunners FC will host Lane United FC, of Oregon, in its 10th game of the season.

The Gunners will play Lane United FC 7 p.m. June 27 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium. Fans that bring a copy of the June 2014 Buyer’s Choice coupon booklet will receive free admission to the game.

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Puget Sound Gunners continue rough stretch

June 17, 2014

The Puget Sound Gunners FC ended its three-game losing streak, but other than that, not much has gone right for the Issaquah-based semi-professional team.

A scoreless draw against the Washington Crossfire on June 9 is the only thing keeping the squad from a six-game losing streak.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Puget Sound Gunners defenders (from left) Michael Dodds and Kevin Cook flank a Washington Crossfire player June 9 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Puget Sound Gunners defenders (from left) Michael Dodds and Kevin Cook flank a Washington Crossfire player June 9 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

The Gunners (1-5-2) hosted the Crossfire at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium, putting up one of their better performances of the season.

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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Soccer players named to all-state

January 28, 2014

After a year in which all three Issaquah School District girls soccer teams made it to state, it’s no surprise that several local athletes dot the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association’s All-State teams.

Liberty High School’s second-year coach Tami Nguyen was named the 3A Coach of the Year for leading the Patriots to their first state girls soccer title.

Patriots’ forward Jacquelyn Anderson was also named to the All-State second team in the 3A classification.

Issaquah High School juniors Devan Talley and Lyrik Fryer made the 4A first team, joined by Skyline High School’s Jordan Branch and Abbey Porter.

The Eagles’ Rachel Wheeler and Annie Hoffman were named to the second team, along with the Spartans’ Kelli Sullivan and Abbie Litka. Skyline junior Amanda Johnston made honorable mention.

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Anna Smith establishes herself as standout U-14 keeper

August 27, 2013

Most eighth-graders will settle into their routines at school in mid-September, but 13-year-old Anna Smith will be off on another soccer adventure.

Smith, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, is considered one of the top under-14 players in the country. She’s been invited to participate in the U.S. U-14 girls national team camp in Carson, Calif., from Sept. 14-21.

Contributed Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

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Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

Smith, goalkeeper for the Redmond-based Crossfire Premier club, is making her name known with the nation’s top coaches. Only 36 players, including four keepers, have been invited to California next month.

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