I filled in for the Huskies yesterday, so I missed out on yesterday’s slate. But if I gathered something from Saturday’s results, it’s this:
Don’t mess with Eastside soccer.
No team beat Issaquah or Eastlake this year, and Eastlake didn’t even have a tie this season. On Saturday, the two teams that practice about five miles apart won the Class 3A and Class 4A championships at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood.
The Kate Deines Era in Washington high school girls soccer ended appropriately Saturday. Deines, Issaquah’s incredible midfielder, scored the only goal in the Class 3A final against Seattle Prep in the 71st minute. The Eagles’ defense made that goal hold up in the 1-0 victory.
Now Deines heads to UW for next season, where she could be one of the Huskies’ best players in school history.
After Issaquah finished its unbeaten season, Eastlake followed. The Wolves played 19 games and won them all, including last night’s championship game against Beamer in a shootout. With great chemistry and depth at each position, the Wolves didn’t have a standout scorer, but only because they spread the wealth so much. Just a great team.
So they played football Saturday, too. And there wasn’t a more intriguing game than Edmonds-Woodway’s 24-21 victory against Eastlake on Saturday night.
Let’s start the conversation on this game with the Warriors’ winning drive, which was at fourth-and-9 at the E-W 21-yard line when Antoinne Wafer pulled in a 49-yard catch through double coverage. That set up Tony Heard’s third touchdown.
I don’t want to take anything away from the Warriors, who are back in the state semifinals. But unfortunately, we’ll never know how this one would have played out had Eastlake quarterback Ryan Robertson played the second half. The leading passer in King and Snohomish counties had to leave in the second quarter with a badly sprained ankle. Wouldn’t you have like to see what he could have done given the ball with three minutes left, trailing by three?
We’ll have plenty of time this week to size up the semifinals. I’m sure E-W, after beating a strong Wolves team, likes its chances heading to the Tacoma Dome.
In other games, Bellevue impressed again, rolling 37-10 at Southridge of Kennewick. That sets up a semifinal I’m sure many fans will want to see: Bellevue vs. O’Dea.
Skyline keeps cruising, too. The Spartans won 35-7 against Kennewick, and they have outscored opponents 116-34 in three postseason games. Skyline plays Franklin Pierce next weekend at the Tacoma Dome.
Inglemoor and Graham-Kapowsin each had their seasons end against teams from Spokane. Inglemoor lost 35-0 to Lewis & Clark, and Graham-Kapowsin — playing without 2,600-yard rusher Marcel Smith — lost 49-14 to Ferris.
Ferris will host Bothell in next week’s 4A semifinal in Spokane. The other semifinal will be at the Tacoma Dome, with Lewis & Clark playing Edmonds-Woodway.
1. Kate Deines, Issaquah, soccer. Scored her 22nd goal of the season in the 71st minute to give Issaquah the only goal it needed.
2. Tony Heard, Edmonds-Woodway, football. Scored all three of the Warriors’ touchdowns in the 24-21 victory while rushing for 147 yards.
3. Tyler Washburn, Skyline, football. Had 171 yards rushing with three touchdowns in the Spartans’ rout of Kennewick.