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September 17, 2008 at 6:50 AM

KingCo league soccer opens with a bang

The NFC East and SEC football have nothing on the depth and competitiveness of KingCo 4A soccer.

And day one in league action was no disappointment.

Woodinville, who was ranked 5th to start the year but fell after a loss to Sammamish, upset top-ranked Eastlake 1-0 on Tuesday. Credit Stine Schoening with the game-winner in the 49th minute with an assist from Brooke Phayer. Leslie Greer had the shutout.

The Wolves lost for the first time since November 17th, 2006. To whom, you may ask? Woodinville, in the semifinals of the 4A state tournament, which the Falcons won.

But now the consequences. As the guy in charge of state soccer rankings, I’m curious as to how things should change.

Teams in great leagues are clearly given an advantage in rankings (e.g. Times polls or the BCS in college football). So how much should losses to good teams hurt?

Look at Bothell football. After tough games against Issaquah and Bellevue, the Cougars are 0-2 and almost scoffed at. But with a different schedule, perhaps weaker opponents to start the year, they could still be near the top of the 4A rankings.

Another example is Seamount and Metro girls soccer. Some teams in the league are perennial contenders at state but other schools in the league can’t field teams.

Where’s the balance? Does an underachieving team in a tough conference deserve more than an overachieving team in a weaker conference? Or vice versa? I’m interested to know what you think. And try to be a little objective, if possible…

Morning stars

1. Golfers under par — Kentwood’s Tyler Clavin and Rui Li each had 1-under 35s at Meridian Valley C.C. Jarrett Foote of Woodinville (1-under 35 at Echo Falls) and Mercer Island’s Kyle Code (2-under 32 at Twin Rivers G.C.) also shot in the red numbers.

2. Fife and Archbishop Murphy girls swimming — The 2A teams put on quite the display in a nonleague meet with a bunch of state-qualifying times.

3. Gutsy volleyball teams — What do Franklin, Shorewood, Lopez and South Kitsap all have in common? Each willed its way to a five-set win on Tuesday. Gotta love it.

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