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September 5, 2007 at 11:22 AM

Soccer kicks off

The soccer season really got going Tuesday night, with games all across the area, and once again Lynnwood became the big story. And once again, the people at Mountlake Terrace aren’t going to like this one. Just four days after the football team broke a 20-game losing streak against Mountlake Terrace, the girls soccer team also beat Mountlake Terrace to snap a 26-game winless streak.

It was a big night for junior Amanda Overdick, who scored twice. She was just a freshman Sept. 27, 2005 — the last time Lynnwood won. Since then, the Royals were 0-25-1 – before Tuesday.

What were the other notable results? Just as soon as I named Lake Washington one of the girls soccer teams to watch this season — and there’s still plenty of time, I know — Eastlake beats the Kangaroos 4-0 in the two teams’ KingCo 4A opener. Courtney Pixler scored twice on passes from Elizabeth Wright to get the scoring started for Eastlake, which showed it will be a 4A contender again. Why is this significant? No team has won the KingCo 4A regular season with more than one loss since 2002.

In WesCo, Edmonds-Woodway got off to a quick start with a 3-0 win against Meadowdale, and in an important early-season match, neither Stanwood nor Lake Stevens could break through for a goal. Both these teams are state contenders.

I went out to Issaquah last week for the girls soccer preview that ran today, and even though I had no idea what Kate Deines looked like, I could pick her out just minutes into the Eagles’ scrimmage. She was as good as advertised: quick, strong and crafty.

With three minutes left in last week’s scrimmage, the Eagles’ varsity held only a 2-1 lead on the JV team and had a corner kick. Coach Tom Bunnell told Deines, “You’ve got to score on this corner.” And what happened? She waded through the defense for an opening and headed it right in.

Now I’ve had mono once, and it shelved me for a month. It’s pretty ugly. I think I got out of bed 18 times the whole time. Deines, while battling mono for the entire season, scored 18 goals in 21 games. I just can’t get over that. Think about what she can do this season healthy. Just how good can she be?

Morning stars

1. Gabby Rodriguez, Nathan Hale, girls soccer. Scored a hat trick, and the only goals, in Nathan Hale’s 3-0 opening victory against Granite Falls.

2. Lauren Barfield, Newport, volleyball. Finishes with 20 kills and six aces in sweep of Eastside Catholic.

3. Courtney Pixler, Eastlake, girls soccer. Once she scored her second goal with 37 minutes left of 4-0 win against Lake Washington, Eastlake took the upper hand in KingCo 4A.

Tonight’s top games

1. Bellarmine Prep at Seattle Prep, girls soccer, 3:30 p.m. Stiff opening test for Seattle Prep, last year’s 3A runner-ups.

2. Auburn Riverside at Kentwood, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. First chance to see if anyone can get the ball past Auburn Riverside super-goalie Rachel Givens.

3. Kamiak at Shorecrest, volleyball, 7 p.m. Anna Herold leads second-ranked Shorecrest in WesCo match.

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