Skyline beats Issaquah, 4-0, to win KingCo 4A girls soccer title
Special to The Seattle Times
SAMMAMISH – It took almost a year for the memory to be erased.
The Skyline High School girls soccer team stood confounded and drenched in rain and bathed in disappointment, heads staring in disbelief at the soaking turf.
How the emotions swung in a year’s time.
Junior forward Amanda Johnston put up two goals and an assist as top-ranked Skyline unleashed a merciless offensive attack on fourth-ranked Issaquah for a 4-0 win in Thursday night’s KingCo 4A championship match at Skyline High School.
The triumph erased the sting of last year’s stunning 1-0 defeat at the hands of Redmond.
“That match last year was a tough loss,” said Skyline coach Don Braman, who has led the Spartans to four 4A state titles in five years and is seeking three in a row. “That was a lot fun. When we get scoring chances and we finish them, I feel like we’re a capable team. I really liked the energy we brought early in the game.”
The Spartans (13-1-1) flexed their muscle in a rematch of last year’s Class 4A state-championship match. Skyline beat the Eagles 1-0 in last year’s state-title tilt.
The win marked the third KingCo 4A title in four years for the Spartans, who have outscored opponents 36-3 and now own 12 shutout victories.
Skyline, winners of six matches in a row and unbeaten in its last nine, earns the conference’s No. 1 seed to state and hosts a first-round match either Nov. 12 or 13. Issaquah (11-3-1) hosts Inglemoor (10-2-3) on Tuesday in a winner-to-state contest for the No. 2 seed. The Tuesday loser still has one shot to get to state against the WesCo 4A No. 3 seed on Nov. 9.
The Eagles had given up just five goals all season coming in, but the flood gates opened for Skyline.
Lindsey Fujiwara’s sliding head-and-shoulder shot into the left side of the net gave Skyline a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on a long cross from the right side by Johnston. The head-first tally was the sophomore forward’s third goal of the season off Johnston’s fifth assist of 2013.
Kelli Sullivan then headed an Issaquah header shot off the back line in the 18th minute.
Johnston cleaned up a Jordan Branch miss by hammering home a short shot in the 35th minute to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead.
Skyline stretched its lead to 3-0 in the 53rd minute when senior midfielder Aleisha Gable headed in a free kick off the foot of Lauren Carson.
Johnston pounded in a 30-yard blast in the 80th minute for a 4-0 lead.
• Sophomore forward Careena Alaoui turned and fired into the left corner of the net from 11 yards in the 90th minute – with about 30 seconds left in the second golden-goal overtime session – to lift Inglemoor (10-2-3) to a 1-0 overtime victory Thursday over Woodinville (11-5-1).