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.

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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