Last year, Sierra Keeler headlined a story I wrote on big-time girls soccer talent at smaller schools. This year, the senior hasn’t missed a beat.
Keeler, who in the past year has committed to Colorado College, recently set program bests in career goals and career points (goals + assists) at the Class 1A school. Her totals to date are 79 goals and 44 assists, which give her 202 total points.
Seattle Academy is 12-1-0 on the year, with its only loss to 4A Eisenhower of Yakima in the season opener. The Cardinals are a perfect 12-0-0 in the Emerald City League and are eyeing a fourth-straight league title and another state berth.
In an email, coach Rob Phillips offered this quote on Keeler, the reigning Class 1A state player of the year and Star Times honoree: “Sierra has become a smarter player, a fitter player, and a more focused player every year. The Emerald City League has turned out some remarkable soccer talent in the past 10 years, with numerous players at the Division I level and at least one player (Kathryn Reynolds, U Prep/Santa Clara) who has played with the national team. But several opposing coaches have voiced the opinion to me that Sierra is, at this point, the most dangerous and the most composed player they’ve ever seen in the Emerald City League.”
Keeler needs just seven more assists to break that all-time mark of 51, held by Mackenzie Brandon, who played on last year’s team.
A mainstay atop the area scoring leaders last year, Keeler has received some significant help this season from another Cardinals star. Achijah Berry, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, is back in action and proving why she is set to play at the next level.
Berry, an Oregon commit, also ranks in the program’s top 15 in goals, assists and points as a defender.
Phillips, serving double-duty as coach and journalist, gathered another quote, this from Chuck Seykra, the Seattle Pacific womens soccer coach.
“I feel sorry for the team that focuses on stopping Sierra and doesn’t have a plan for Achijah,” Seykra said. “Those two players will pose problems for most collegiate teams, much less a high school team that is trying to defend against both of them at once.”