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Inglemoor surprises Skyline for KingCo title, 4-0 | 4A Boys Soccer
The Vikings scored two goals in the first 10 minutes and added two more before halftime, smothering the Spartans before the game was a half-hour old.
Seattle Times staff reporter
SAMMAMISH — Skyline's boys soccer team spent the regular season beating everyone in sight. The Spartans were the first team since 2005 to go unbeaten during KingCo 4A play.
Someone forgot to tell Inglemoor the Spartans were invincible.
The Vikings scored two goals in the first 10 minutes and added two more before halftime, smothering the Spartans before the game was a half-hour old. Inglemoor's defense held on during the second half for a 4-0 win in the KingCo 4A championship match Tuesday night at Skyline.
"We're excited and a little surprised," Inglemoor coach Kevin McGibbon said. "I don't think anybody saw that coming."
The Spartans certainly didn't see Mehron Abdi coming. The senior forward scored Inglemoor's first two goals, the first on a quick give-and-go with Christian Nesselquist in the sixth minute and the second by heading in a deflected free kick from close range two minutes later.
Abdi's two early goals quieted a partisan Skyline crowd and left the Spartans reeling.
"Usually, we find ourselves on our heels, when we play Skyline especially," Abdi said. "So we just came out really aggressive and put them on their heels."
The Vikings (11-2-1) will host a first-round state tournament match next week. Skyline (13-2), the conference runner-up for the second straight year, will hit the road for its state-tournament opener.
The Spartans twice nearly responded to Abdi's hot start. Skyline couldn't find the mark against Inglemoor and goalkeeper James Takami, however, repeatedly firing good looks over the crossbar.
Nesselquist added Inglemoor's third goal in the 28th minute when he rifled a cross into the back of the net. It was the senior's sixth goal of the year. Abdi tallied his 10th and 11th.
Defender Oliver Fahling gave Inglemoor its final goal shortly before intermission, heading a cross past Skyline goalie Zachary Anselmi.
The Inglemoor defense held strong down the stretch, but it was during the first 40 minutes that the Vikings wrapped up the conference crown.
"Definitely the best half we've played all year," Abdi said.
Roosevelt 2, Issaquah 1
The Roughriders (11-5-2) scored two goals in quick succession late in the first half, then withstood an Issaquah rally in the closing minutes. Roosevelt hosts a WesCo team Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-out game. Tucker Olsen got the first goal on a 30-yard screamer in the 28th minute, and Eric Conte scored the winner three minutes later. Jack Figg scored in the 79th minute for the Eagles (9-8-1).