Issaquah boys soccer coach Jason Lichtenberger began this season by putting a stuffed monkey on his back, meant to symbolize the burden of a winless streak that extended back to the final match of 2006.
Last night, his players ripped that monkey in half.
Issaquah ended a 23-game winless streak with a 2-0 win against Interlake, with Stephen Jacobson coming through with the shutout and Connor Gerrity providing a goal and an assist.
“They were pretty excited,” Lichtenberger said. “We’ve had some close calls. For them, it was a big relief because there’s some games we felt like we should have won.
So Issaquah moves to 1-5-2 on the season. Those two ties came in the previous two games, and gave the Eagles reason to believe a win coming around the corner.
“It was really starting to come together,” Lichtenberger said. “We knew our time was coming.”
1. Hayden Rovegno, Highline, baseball. In a addition to a five-inning no-hitter, he went 4-for-4 with 4 RBI and a double.
2. Tim Wilson, Redmond, baseball. Fell a double short of the cycle with four hits, a home run and a triple as Redmond beat Franklin 13-2 in five innings.
3. Nick Tsagalakis, Ballard, baseball. Hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to lead Ballard to a 7-3 win against Inglemoor.
Today’s top games
Kentwood at Kentlake, softball, 4 p.m. One team is leaving undefeated in the SPSL 4A and the other with its first conference loss.
Highline at Mt. Rainier, boys soccer, 8 p.m. The two team boys sports at Mt. Rainier, baseball and soccer, are each undefeated to this point. With both in action today, can they stay that way?
Newport at Mount Si, baseball, 4 p.m. Just another day in the KingCo 3A conference, where six teams are .500 and better, and, as Issaquah proved last year, simply making the postseason makes you a state contender.