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October 9, 2012 at 4:00 AM

The Full 80: A look at Redmond’s rise in prep girls soccer, Bainbridge’s Metro League threat, Games to Watch, national rankings and Week 6 state rankings

In this edition of “The Full 80,” we’ll look at Redmond’s rise without one of its best players and unbeaten status in KingCo 4A and Bainbridge’s balance between offense and defense as a threat to Seattle Prep in prep girls soccer.

As always, this week’s big matchups and rankings can be found at the bottom of the post.

Mustangs riding herd over KingCo 4A despite losing star

Most teams who lose their central midfielder in the first game of the season might waver the rest of the season.

When the Redmond High School girls soccer team lost senior leader Kristin Hayman to an injury in the Mustangs’ first match, it could’ve meant doom.

Initially it was believed Hayman, who has committed to play at Notre Dame next fall, suffered a stress fracture in her leg, but the diagnosis was shin splints and the treatment was rest and a return before the end of the season.

The rest of the Mustangs (7-3-1 overall, 5-0-0 league) have kept the ship afloat and the season thriving in Hayman’s absence.

“(Hayman) hasn’t been able to play since our first game, so it gave opportunities for others,” said Redmond coach Patrick Scheibe. “There’s been a number of players to step up.”

Junior Kelsey Costello moved into Hayman’s role with Hayman on the sidelines for each game yelling encouragement. Sophomore Kennedy Kieneker also filled in at center midfield position for the rehabbing Hayman.

Senior forward Andrea Larson, a captain along with Hayman, gave the team a surprise lift during Hayman’s hiatus with five goals and three assists.

“She’s stepped up in a number of different situations not only as a player, but as a leader,” Scheibe said. “The improvements in her game from last year to this year have been pretty substantial. It’s been pretty cool to watch and she wanted to be a captain and was selected as one by her teammates.

“When the other captain (Hayman) went down and it was on her shoulders, she really stepped up and led by example on the field.”

Sierra Bilginer, a junior forward, has been solid as well with seven goals and five assists.

“She’s just done great,” Scheibe said. “She’s a dynamic player that’s really found her own. She creates a challenge for opponents.”

Hayman just returned for contact drills and has been cleared to play in Tuesday’s match at Bothell.

“We’ll try to mix her in,” Scheibe said. “We’ll be cautious. We don’t want to rush her back.”

The Mustangs face the meat of their schedule in the coming weeks, taking on fourth-ranked Issaquah at home on Tuesday Oct. 16 and third-ranked Skyline on the road Thursday, Oct. 18. Both are 6 p.m. kickoffs.

Along with Redmond, Skyline is the only other unbeaten team in KingCo 4A.

“They’re always a challenge,” Scheibe said of the Eagles and Spartans back-to-back. “Those teams are always tough. We’ve really tried to reinforce with the kids every day that there are no days when you can just roll out your average performance against a KingCo opponent and expect to win.

“It’s just very competitive league. We’ve been preaching to respect your opponent every time we walk out on the field.”

Bainbridge blasts toward the top of Metro

The battle in the Class 3A Metro League is the same almost every season. Every match will be a test.

The Bainbridge girls soccer team has entered the fray as a surprise contender for supremacy in the always-tough Metro.

The Spartans (10-1-0, 5-1-0) would be atop the Metro Mountain Division if not for a two-goal collapse in the final two minutes first meeting with Seattle Prep, which leads the Mountain at 4-0-3 record-wise.

Bainbridge owns a points edge in the standings 30-28 over the Panthers despite the 3-2 loss to Prep on Sept. 18. The Spartans led 2-1 in that match before yielding two well-struck long strikes to Katie O’Neil and Mary Ann Santucci in the 78th and 79th minutes, respectively.

“We have all veterans on defense and we very rarely make a mistake on defense,” Bainbridge coach Scott Druker said. “This year, we’ve eliminated a lot of mistakes. That game (against Seattle Prep) we let down. We didn’t finish the game.”

Bainbridge success has been the result of a strong mix of veteran defense and scoring from junior Natalie Vukic, who has piled up 19 goals and six assists.

Senior defenders Haley Story, Leah Mulholland, Faith Campbell and Mafalda Borgess have meshed almost perfectly with senior goalkeeper Ali Blake.

The Spartans have outscored opponents 51-9 with Blake only giving up two goals and helping put up five shutouts.

The Spartans undoubtedly have the Oct. 16 rematch at Seattle Prep circled on the calendar.

“We’re up 2-1 and in the last two minutes, it started with one shot from distance (from O’Neil) and one of those goals that lands in the upper corner of the net and momentum shifted,” Druker said. “Then (Santucci) she literally took the game into her own hands in the last 30 seconds to a minute of the game. She beat three of my players and just shot from what I thought looked like a slight angle and dropped it into the net.

“It was just a phenomenal play by their player. We had some miscommunication.”

Vukic is the daughter of Bainbridge boys soccer coach George Vukic.

“She’s on her way to being an MVP candidate,” Druker said.

Around the Area

Tahoma, ranked No. 1 in 4A, remained No. 11 in the Top 25 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll for Oct. 2, 2012. Issaquah, ranked No. 4 in 4A, stayed in the “also receiving votes” category. Here’s the Oct. 2 poll below:

http://www.nscaa.com/rankings/1481/Fall/women/National/Poll5

Games to Watch

Here are this week’s top matchups:

Tuesday, Oct. 9 – KingCo 4A, Issaquah at Garfield, 6 p.m.; WesCo 4A, Edmonds-Woodway at Arlington, 7 p.m.; 3A Metro League, Holy Names at Bainbridge, 6:45 p.m.; SPSL 3A, Enumclaw at Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.; Cascade Conference, King’s at Archbishop Murphy, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11 – KingCo 4A, Garfield at Skyline, 6 p.m.; WesCo 3A South Division, Shorecrest at Shorewood, 7:30 p.m.; 3A Metro League, Bishop Blanchet at Seattle Prep (Miller Playfield), 3:30 p.m.; KingCo 3A/2A, Mercer Island at Interlake, 7:30 p.m.; SPSL 2A, Sumner at White River, 7 p.m.; Cascade Conference, Archbishop Murphy at Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13 – SPSL 4A North Division, Kentwood at Kentridge (French Field) 3 p.m.

Rankings

Here are The Seattle Times 2012 rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A for Week 6 (current 2012 record in parentheses):

Class 4A, 3A & 2A girls soccer state rankings – Week 6

Class 4A

1, Tahoma (Maple Valley) (10-0-0)

2, Gig Harbor (6-0-1)

3, Skyline (Sammamish) (9-0-2)

4, Issaquah (11-1-0)

5, Davis (Yakima) (11-0-0)

6, Union (Vancouver) (10-0-0)

7, Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (9-1-1)

8, Camas (10-1-0)

9, Edmonds-Woodway (9-1-0)

10, Olympia (6-1-1)

On the bubble: Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (5-2-2), Kentwood (Covington) (6-2-1), Mead (Spokane) (6-2-0), Kentridge (8-2-0), South Kitsap (4-2-2), Central Valley (Spokane) (8-1-0), Redmond (7-3-1), Skyview (Vancouver) (7-2-2), Snohomish (8-3-0), Inglemoor (5-3-2), Curtis (7-1-2), Puyallup (8-1-1), Cascade (Everett) (7-1-2), Moses Lake (5-2-0), Federal Way (4-0-6), Woodinville (3-4-1), Chiawana (Pasco) (8-3-0) Richland (7-4-0), Garfield (5-3-3), Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) (6-3-1), Jackson (Mill Creek) (5-3-2).

Class 3A

1, Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (10-0-0)

2, Mount Spokane (11-0-0)

3, Seattle Prep (8-1-4)

4, Everett (8-1-1)

5, Mercer Island (9-0-1)

6, Kamiakin (Kennewick) (10-1-1)

7, Bainbridge (10-1-0)

8, Columbia River (8-1-1)

9, Enumclaw (8-2-0)

10, Liberty (Issaquah) (7-3-0)

On the bubble: Interlake (Bellevue) (6-2-2), Lakeside (5-5-1), Auburn Mountainview (5-3-1), Mount Si (6-4-0), Eastside Catholic (5-4-1), Holy Names (7-4-1), Bishop Blanchet (6-5-2), Shorecrest (6-2-2), Kennedy Catholic (7-3-1), Bonney Lake (6-2-1), Hanford (8-3-0), University (Spokane) (6-3-0), Hazen (5-3-1).

Class 2A

1, Sumner (10-0-0)

2, West Valley (Yakima) (9-0-0)

3, Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (11-0-0)

4, Sehome (Bellingham) (11-0-1)

5, Klahowya (Silverdale) (11-0-0)

6, Pullman (11-1-0)

7, Squalicum (Bellingham) (9-1-1)

8, Capital (Olympia) (9-2-1)

9, Black Hills (8-2-0)

10, Burlington (10-2-0)

On the bubble: Fife (7-2-0), West Valley (Spokane) (7-3-0), W.F. West (Chehalis) (10-1-0), Cedarcrest (Duvall) (5-5-0), Hockinson (7-3-1), Ephrata (9-2-0), Tumwater (5-5-0), Ridgefield (5-3-1), White River (Buckley) (6-3-0), North Kitsap (Poulsbo) (6-2-1).

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