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May 7, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog — Week 7

Darren Tremblay hopes to recapture some of the magic his Liberty High School boys soccer team produced in his first season as coach of the Patriots 15 seasons ago.

That was back in 1999.

Tremblay hopes to duplicate and go one step past his first Patriot team’s success in 1999, and that was a second-place finish at Class 3A state.

That year, a younger Tremblay watched his unbeaten Liberty squad rally from a 2-0 deficit in the final five minutes of regulation for a 4-3 overtime shootout victory over Mount Vernon, then 20-0-0, in the 1999 3A semis.

Then, his club fell 4-2 to West Valley of Yakima in the 3A title match for its only loss of the season to finish 18-1-2.

“This team is very comparable to that one,” Tremblay said. “That team had talent at every position. I feel like this year, we don’t really have a weak spot. We have a lot of weapons. That makes it tough for teams to defend, and they can’t key on one guy.

“We lost kind of a letdown game in the state championship that year. Mount Vernon was undefeated coming into the semifinals. We felt like that was the state championship and the two best teams.”

The Patriots last reached state in 2002 and it was the only time since the 1999 runner-up finish that the school qualified. They lost in the first round of state in 2002, falling 3-2 in overtime shootout to Mount Rainier.

The Pats have strong chance to go far in the state playoffs in 2013, thanks to a stonewall defense that turned the program around from a 5-9-2 season in 2011.

“Almost every game, each team has had very few [scoring] chances,” said Tremblay, whose team has outscored foes 45-10 so far. “We don’t give up too many opportunities.”

Liberty, 12-1-3 entering postseason play, captured its first KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title since that memorable 1999 season. The Pats posted a 10-1-3 mark with 33 points to edge Mount Si (10-4-0, 30 points).

Now, it’s on to the part of the season that really matters.

“If you look at the history, we feel like teams that come out of KingCo [3A] have done well once they get to state,” Tremblay said. “Teams from KingCo typically do well. We feel like we can make a run.”

As the KingCo No. 1 seed and league league champion, Liberty doesn’t play a match in the KingCo 3A tournament and is the Sea-King District No. 2 to state.

The strength of the club comes from familiarity. A total of 13 of the varsity’s 17 players play for Pacific Northwest Soccer Club, which plays out of Tukwila’s Starfire Sports & Entertainment Complex.

The Patriots back line of defense has played together on the PacNorthwest U-19 squad, according to Tremblay.

“We’re starting to see the effects of those kids playing at a higher level, the ones that are coming in,” he said. “We have way more kids playing at a high level and some playing together. I think our whole defense [Joe Dapper, Nick Turner, Jake Ericksen] plays for them.

“That program is kind of already up there with Crossfire and Eastside F.C. That’s been big for us. The culture of our program has changed.”

The program, divided into varsity, JV and C teams, once practiced in different locations. Now, it’s more unified.

“We’ve tried to make it a better program feel and have all the teams practice together on-site,” Tremblay said. “I think that’s helped our numbers. We had 67 [players] try out and I think that’s the most we’ve ever had. It used to be the varsity went one way, the JV went one way and the C team practiced off site.”

The Pats moving in the right direction – together.

The key piece on defense for Liberty is central defender Dapper, who has a 3.9 GPA.

“He’s an absolute stud,” Tremblay said of the three-time All-KingCo first-team pick. “Nothing gets by him. He plays very tough and very physical. He’s just tough. He’s a great kid off the field.”

The Patriots have posted nine shutouts and the defense, which features a shared goalkeeper situation with senior Nate Mak and sophomore Quinn Magendanz.

Center midfielder Jared Bales is the “quarterback on our team,” according Tremblay.

Bales, also a three-time All-KingCo first-team selection, has seven goals and four assists. He is a captain along with Dapper and Bales will play at University of Redlands, a Division III school in California.

Tremblay is thoroughly enjoying coaching this group.

“I have never coached a team that has the chemistry that this team has,” he said. “It’s one large family and the seniors treat the freshmen as one of their own. It’s as close a team — on and off the field — that I can remember in the last 23 years of coaching.

“The second thing is our players are all great kids in the classroom and very involved in such things as ASB and DECA and the majority of our kids are at a 3.5 GPA or higher. I guess what I’m saying is the character of the kids on our team has also had a tremendous impact on our success.”

Skyline soaring into playoffs

The Skyline boys soccer team appears to be peaking at the right time.

The Spartans (13-1-0 overall) capped a rare perfect 10-0-0 run through KingCo 4A with 30 points. They have won 11 consecutive matches since a 2-1 loss to Snohomish on March 16 in the KingCo/WesCo Showcase at Juanita High School.

Skyline was the first team to sweep through KingCo 4A undefeated since Eastlake went 11-0-0 with 33 points in 2005.

The Spartans now have won or shared the KingCo 4A regular-season title for the last four seasons. The last time they didn’t occupy the top spot was in 2009, going 3-6-2 when Woodinville won it with a 6-2-3 mark and 21 points.

Senior midfielder Kaleb Strawn leads a balanced Skyline attack, which has outscored teams 47-16. Strawn has 10 goals and 13 assists.

Spartan finish for Bainbridge

Bainbridge finished the Class 3A Metro League schedule with four consecutive victories following a two-match losing skid in midseason to claim the Mountain Division title over Lakeside.

The Spartans’ strong finish included a 7-1 shellacking over the Lions last Wednesday to complete Metro play. Bainbridge (9-3-0) finished the regular season 8-2-0 atop the Mountain, ahead of Lakeside (11-3-0., 7-3-0).

Bainbridge fell to Lakeside 2-1 on April 16 and Bishop Blanchet 3-1 on April 18 before the turnaround.

Lakeside edged Bainbridge in the Metro Mountain 8-2-0 with 24 points to 6-0-4 with 22 points in 2012, but the Spartans went on to take the 3A state title to follow their state runner-up finish of 2011.

Bainbridge topped Mercer Island 3-2 in the 2012 3A championship.

In 2011, Lakeside also edged the Spartans in the standings, 9-1-2 with 29 points to 9-2-1 with 28 points.

In 2009 and 2010, Lakeside also edged Bainbridge in the regular-season standings.

Federal Way flying high

     The Federal Way boys soccer team, winners of the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) South Division with a 15-1-0 record, take a seven-match winning streak into the postseason.

The Eagles’ last loss was a 3-1 decision at Emerald Ridge on April 9.

Strong play in the midfield could carry Federal Way deep into the playoffs.

Seniors Odasson Pelogi (9 goals, 11 assists) and Alex Lewis (8 goals, 15 assists) make the Eagles go. Senior Edwin Ortiz is the team’s finisher with 15 goals and five assists.

Local unbeatens

Jefferson (12-0-4, SPSL 4A) and University Prep (10-0-2, Emerald City League 1A) remain as the only local teams who are still unbeaten overall.

Marquee matches upcoming – Playoff time

Monday, May 6

3A Metro League Tournament

Seattle Prep (11-6-0) vs. Ingraham (9-3-3) at Interbay Stadium, loser out, 3:30 p.m.

Franklin (9-4-2) vs. Lakeside (11-3-0) at Interbay Stadium, loser out, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

KingCo 4A Tournament

Roosevelt (9-5-2) vs. Issaquah (9-6-1) at Skyline HS, Winner No. 3 to bi-district for playoff berth to state, loser out, 5:30 p.m.

Inglemoor (10-2-1) at Skyline (13-1-0), Championship, both to state, 7:30 p.m.

Northwest 3A District Tournament

Shorecrest (10-3-4) vs. Marysville-Pilchuck (5-10-2) at Shoreline Stadium, 4 p.m.

Meadowdale (5-11-0) vs. Glacier Peak (10-5-2) at Shoreline Stadium, 6 p.m.

Marysville Getchell (5-10-2) at Stanwood (11-4-2), 7 p.m.

Oak Harbor (8-8-1) vs. Shorewood (13-1-2) at Shoreline Stadium, 8 p.m.

Northwest 4A District Tournament

Lake Stevens (12-3-2) at Mariner (11-4-1) (Goddard Stadium), semifinals, 7 p.m.

Mount Vernon (7-7-2) at Snohomish (15-1-0), semifinals, 7 p.m.

KingCo 3A Tournament

Semifinals, Mercer Island (7-4-5, KingCo No. 4) vs. Juanita (8-4-4, KingCo No. 3) at Mount Si HS, 5:30 p.m.

Semifinals, Bellevue (7-8-1, KingCo No. 5) vs. Mount Si (11-4-1, KingCo No. 2) at Mount Si HS, 7:30 p.m.

(KingCo No. 1 is KingCo League champion Liberty 12-1-3 and Sea-King District No. 2 to state.)

Northwest/Sea-King 2A District Tournament

Squalicum (10-5-2) at Sedro-Woolley (10-5-2), 6 p.m., loser out

Burlington (11-4-2) at Lakewood (8-7-2), 6 p.m., loser out

Sammamish (4-8-5) at Archbishop Murphy (14-2-1), 6 p.m., semifinals

Cedarcrest (16-1-0) at Bellingham (16-0-1), 6 p.m. semifinals

1A Tri-District Tournament

University Prep (10-0-2) vs. Lynden Christian at Sammamish HS, 7 p.m., Winner No. 2 to state, loser No. 3 to state

Seattle Academy (6-5-1) vs. Meridian at Sammamish HS, TBD, loser out

No. 5 seed vs. Cedar Park Christian at Sammamish HS, TBD, loser out

Mount Baker vs. Bellevue Christian at Sammamish HS, TBD, loser out

Cascade Christian vs. South Whidbey at Sammamish HS, TBD, loser out

Wednesday, May 8

SPSL sub-district Tournament

Beamer (9-5-2, SPSL South No. 5) vs. Tahoma (6-7-3, SPSL North No. 5) at Federal Way Stadium, 4 p.m., winner No. 9 to West Central District, loser out

Rogers (9-5-2, SPSL South No. 3) vs. Kentwood (7-4-5, SPSL North No. 3) at Federal Way Stadium, 6 p.m., winner No. 5 to WCD, loser No. 6 to WCD

SPSL championship, Federal Way (15-1-0, SPSL South No. 1) vs. Jefferson (12-0-4, SPSL North No. 1), 8 p.m., winner No. 1 to WCD, loser No. 2 to WCD

Auburn Riverside (7-5-4, SPSL North No. 4) vs. Emerald Ridge (8-4-3, SPSL South No. 4) at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup), 6 p.m., winner No. 7 to WCD, loser No. 8 to WCD

Mount Rainier (10-2-4, SPSL North No. 2) vs. Puyallup (10-3-3, SPSL South No. 2) at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup), 8 p.m., winner No. 3 to WCD, loser No. 4 to WCD

3A Metro League Tournament

Seattle Prep-Ingraham winner vs. Bainbridge (9-3-0) at Interbay Stadium, semifinals, 3:30 p.m.

Franklin-Lakeside winner vs. Chief Sealth (12-1-3) at Interbay Stadium, semifinals, 5:30 p.m.

3A sub-district tournament (SPSL/Seamount)

Auburn Mountainview (7-3-2, SPSL No. 2) vs. Hazen (11-1-4, Seamount No. 1) at Renton Stadium, 7 p.m., winner No. 1 seed to district, loser No. 4

Enumclaw (9-7-0, SPSL No. 3) vs. Bonney Lake (13-4-0, SPSL No. 1), 7:30 p.m., at Franklin Pierce, 7:30 p.m., winner No. 2 seed to district, loser No. 3

Decatur (6-7-0, SPSL No. 4) vs. Kennedy Catholic (9-2-4, Seamount No. 2), winner No. 5 seed to district, loser out

West Central District 2A Tournament

SPSL No. 5 vs. Olympic No. 5, TBD, loser out, Winner to face Seamount No. 1 on Saturday at Foster HS Stadium at 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 9

Northwest 4A District Tournament

Mount Vernon-Snohomish loser vs. Lake Stevens-Mariner loser, loser out, Edmonds Stadium, winner WesCo No. 3 to winner-to-state game at KingCo No. 3, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, Mount Vernon-Snohomish winner vs. Lake Stevens-Mariner winner, Edmonds Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

3A Metro League Tournament

Winner-to-state game, Loser-out game, winner No. 3 seed to state, loser plays KingCo No. 2 to Sea-King No. 5 to state, 5:30 p.m.

KingCo 3A Tournament

Championship, Mercer Island-Juanita winner vs. Bellevue-Mount Si winner at higher-seeded home field, TBD.

Northwest/Sea-King 2A District Tournament

Squalicum-Sedro-Woolley winner vs. Cedarcrest-Bellingham loser at Cedarcrest HS, 5 p.m., loser out

Burlington-Lakewood winner vs. Sammamish-Archbishop Murphy loser at Cedarcrest HS, 7 p.m., loser out

1A Tri-District Tournament

Seattle Academy-Meridian winner vs. No. 5-Cedar Park Christian winner at Sammamish HS, 6 p.m., Winner No. 4 to state

Mount Baker-Bellevue Christian winner vs. Cascade Christian-South Whidbey winner, 8 p.m., Winner No. 5 to state

Friday, May 10

3A Metro League Tournament

Championship game at Interbay Stadium, 7 p.m.

1A Tri-District Tournament

Winner-to-state, loser-out game, at Sammamish HS, 6 p.m., winner No. 6 to state, loser out

Championship, University Prep-Lynden Christian winner vs. Seattle Christian at Sammamish HS, 8 p.m., winner No. 1 to state, loser No. 2 to state

Saturday, May 11

Northwest 4A District Tournament

Winner-to-state, loser-out game, WesCo No. 3 at KingCo No. 3, 2 p.m., winner bi-district No. 3 to state

West Central 4A District Tournament (SPSL/Narrows League/Southwest)

Gig Harbor or South Kitsap (Narrows League No. 4) vs. SPSL No. 2 at Art Crate Stadium, 2 p.m., winner No. 4 to state, loser out

Greater St. Helen’s League No. 2 vs. SPSL No. 5 at McKenzie Stadium, 3 p.m., winner No. 7 to state, loser out

SPSL No. 6 vs. SPSL No. 3 at Art Crate Stadium, Noon, winner No. 5 seed to state, loser out

SPSL No. 9 vs. Central Kitsap or Stadium (Narrows League No. 1) at Mount Tahoma HS Stadium, 2 p.m., winner No. 2 to state, loser out

SPSL No. 8 vs. Greater St. Helen’s League No. 1 at McKenzie Stadium, 1 p.m., winner No. 3 to state, loser out

Gig Harbor or South Kitsap (Narrows League No. 3) vs. SPSL No. 4 at Art Crate Stadium, 10 a.m., winner No. 6 to state, loser out

SPSL No. 7 vs. Central Kitsap or Stadium (Narrows League No. 2) at Mount Tahoma HS Stadium, Noon, winner No. 8 seed to state, loser out

SPSL No. 3 vs. SPSL No. 1 at Art Crate Stadium, 4 p.m., winner No. 1 to state, loser out

Northwest 3A District Tournament

Winner-to-state, loser-out game, WesCo #3 @ KingCo #2, 2 p.m., winner Sea-King No. 4 to state

Sea-King 3A Tournament (KingCo/Metro)

Winner-to-state, loser-out game, Metro No. 4 vs. KingCo No. 3, TBD, winner Sea-King No. 5 to state

3A West Central/Southwest bi-district Tournament

Narrows No. 2 vs. SPSL/Seamount No. 3 at Highline Stadium, 11 a.m., winner No. 6 to state, loser out

Greater St. Helen’s League No. 2 vs. Narrows No. 3 at Highline Stadium, 1 p.m., winner No. 5 to state, loser out

Greater St. Helen’s League No. 3 vs. SPSL/Seamount No. 2 at Highline Stadium, 3 p.m., winner No. 4 to state, loser out

Narrows No. 4 vs. SPSL/Seamount No. 1 at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 4 p.m., winner No. 1 to state, loser out

SPSL/Seamount No. 4 vs. Narrows No. 1 at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m., winner No. 2 to state, loser out

SPSL/Seamount No. 5 vs. Greater St. Helen’s League No. 1 at Kiggins Bowl, 2 p.m., winner No. 3 to state, loser out

Northwest 2A District Tournament

Winner-to-state, loser-out game, at Cedarcrest H.S., 1 p.m., winner No. 3 to state, loser out

Championship, at Cedarcrest HS, 3 p.m., winner No. 2 to state, loser No. 2 to state

West Central District 2A Tournament

Seamount No. 3 vs. SPSL No. 1 at Foster HS Stadium, 3 p.m., winner No. 1 to state

SPSL No. 4 vs. Olympic No. 1, at Silverdale Stadium, 3 p.m., winner No. 2 to state

SPSL No. 5/Olympic No. 5 winner vs. Seamount No. 1 at Foster HS Stadium, 1 p.m., winner No. 3 to state

Olympic No. 4 vs. SPSL No. 2 at Foster HS Stadium, 11 a.m., winner No. 4 to state

Seamount No. 2 vs. Olympic No. 2 at Silverdale Stadium, 1 p.m., winner No. 5 to state

Olympic No. 3 vs. SPSL No. 3 at Silverdale Stadium, 11 a.m., winner No. 6 to state

Sea-King District state berths

Metro/Kingco Soccer Placement on State Bracket

(Presumes 5 State Allocations per year)

District               2             2012-13                       2013-14

#1                Metro #1                     Kingco #1

#2                Kingco #1                   Metro #1

#3                Metro #2                     Metro #2

#4                Metro #3                     Metro #3

#5                Kingco #2/Metro #4   Kingco #2/Metro #4

Washington state computer rankings

Area schools Chief Sealth (3A) and Seattle Christian (1A) are the local teams topping their respective classes in the Washington state computer rankings. ScoreCzar and goalWA.net have entered into a partnership for these rankings.

The top eight teams in the 3A ranks are local teams with Bonney Lake, Shorewood, Liberty of Issaquah, Bainbridge, Hazen, Lakeside and Shorecrest following No. 1 Chief Sealth in order.

Other locals near the top in other classes are Cedarcrest (2A) at No. 3 Jefferson (4A) at No. 3, Archbishop Murphy (2A) at No. 5, Snohomish (4A) at No. 6, Bellevue Christian (1A) at No. 9 and Skyline (4A) at No 10.

Link below to full rankings by classification:

https://sites.google.com/a/scoreczar.com/scoreczar/washington-hs-boys-soccer

http://goalwa.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/first-look-high-school-top-20-rankings-for-april-28/

National rankings picture

The third spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, April 23 and is still current. Four teams from Washington state appear in the top 20. Snohomish in Class 4A leads Washington schools at No. 4, Skyline (4A) checks in at No. 10, Federal Way (4A) at No. 14 and Lakeside (3A) at No. 18. The next set of spring rankings is due out Tuesday, May 14. The current rankings link is below:

http://www.nscaa.com/rankings/2027/Spring/men/National/Poll3

The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all Washington teams, from No. 1 through No. 10. Here’s the April 23 Region V poll for spring of 2013:

http://www.nscaa.com/rankings/2026/Spring/men/RegionV/Poll3

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