In this edition of “The Full 80,” we’ll look at small-school soccer in the Class 1A Emerald City League and specifically the success of Seattle Academy, again a state-title contender. The Cardinals are going for the school’s fifth 1A crown in nine years. As always, there’s national rankings, this week’s upcoming big matchups, updated college commits, all-classification Top 10 rankings and state rankings by classification at the bottom of this post.
By MATT MASSEY | Special to The Seattle Times
Seattle Academy hoping to add another chapter to rich history
“Not all poetry is on paper.”
That’s the message on the athletics page of Seattle Academy’s school web site.
It is a fitting message, especially for the school’s girls soccer program. They have been poetry in motion on the pitch regularly each fall, capturing four Class 1A state titles in the last eight seasons.
Off to a 8-0-1 start in 2013, including 5-0-1 in the 1A Emerald City League, the Cardinals could be on their way.
As per usual, there’s plenty of competition in the Emerald City League standing in the way of another state-title run. When the Cardinals didn’t win title they reached state quarterfinals and kept a high standard.
“We’ve had that steady, consistent level of play,” said Seattle Academy coach Rob Phillips, the 18th-year leader looking to add to 1A titles in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011. “You have to catch some breaks (to win a title) and you have to work hard and do things right.
“It’s not just going to fall into your lap.”
Contrary to some beliefs of those with ties to larger schools, the Emerald City League plays at a high level.
The lone blemish is a 1-1 tie at University Prep on Sept. 24 and the two teams meet again on Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Starfire Sports & Entertainment Complex. University Prep won the 2012 1A crown and also won 1A championships in 2000 and 2004.
University Prep is off to a 7-1-1 start overall and is also 5-0-1 in Emerald City play.
Eight of the last nine 1A crowns have come from Emerald City teams, including a 2010 crown by The Bush School.
Small-school soccer isn’t small-time soccer, especially in the Emerald City League.
“University Prep won both the league title and state title last year, and I think they’ve got an outstanding team and coach,” said Phillips, whose team had won the league crown eight seasons in a row until University Prep unseated them last year. “They have a pretty similar track record of kids who come out and play at the college level. That’s become a real healthy and vibrant rivalry. You know you’ve got to be at your best if you want to reach your goals.
“They are outstanding.”
Phillips is scheduling tougher nonleague matchups to test his program.
“We’ve tried to use our nonleague games to play 3A and 4A opponents,” he said. “University Prep has started to do it too. This year, we beat (3A) Juanita and (3A) Hazen and we played Ingraham in a couple weeks.
“We try to schedule bigger stronger schools and maintain a stronger level of competition in the regular season with an eye toward the playoffs. U-Prep played (3A Bishop) Blanchet this year and lost and played (3A) Lakeside and beat them.”
This year’s edition of the Cardinals appears well-equipped with top-caliber players front and back, led by senior forward Sofia Barsher.
Barsher, the team’s vocal leader and leading scorer with 36 points (14 goals and eight assists), returns at 100 percent after missing most of last season with a hip flexor issue.
“She was a big part of our state-championship run as a sophomore (in 2011),” Phillips said. “She does more than just score a lot of goals. She’s a real dynamic player, but she’s also a super gung-ho personality. She raises the level of energy around her.
“She has that Richard Sherman impact for us. She’s locked in.”
Contrary to small-school stereotypes, the Emerald City League schools have produced much top talent that has gone on to play NCAA Division I soccer.
Seattle Academy alone has seven players active in NCAA programs currently this fall, including D1 seniors Achijah Berry and Sierra Keeler. Berry is a four-year starter at defender for the University of Oregon and Keeler is a senior redshirting at Colorado College after an ACL injury.
Both players graduated from Seattle Academy in 2010 and helped the Cardinals to the back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.
“That number of kids who are playing post-high school is pretty cool,” Phillips said. “You look at the 1A kids over the past five to eight years who have played in college, it’s a pretty good number. The college coaches know where the talent pool is and what they love about 1A soccer is they know these kids are already playing at a high club level.
“When coaches come scout at this level, they want to see if those kids are willing to put game on their back when it matters.”
The Northwest School senior Emilia “Mia” Bladin is another Emerald City League player prepped for a D1 assignment. Bladin, a senior midfielder for Northwest this fall, will attend Harvard University.
Bladin has already been chosen for the U.S. National Team youth player pool.
Cruisers’ Graddy is goal-hungry forward
Eatonville senior forward Machaela Graddy is terrorizing opposing defenses to close out a stellar career for Class 1A school.
Graddy, named Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2012, keeps pouring on the goals and assists with team-highs of 21 goals and 10 assists as the Cruisers are off to an 8-0-0 start in the 1A Nisqually League.
The Cruisers’ high-scoring forward upped her career total to 86 goals with seven regular-season matches remaining.
Eatonville hosts Nisqually League challenger Seattle Christian (6-1-0) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Cruisers handed the Warriors their lone loss of the season, 3-1, in the Sept. 12 season opener.
Taylor erupts for seven spot
Nick Taylor from Crosspoint Academy scored seven goals in his team’s 13-1 win over Rainier Christian on Thursday in SeaTac B League action.
Crosspoint, the Class 2B school located in Bremerton, improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Dominating teams so far: Goals for, goals against
Here’s a sampling of teams with some of the biggest goal differentials/lowest goals allowed/highest total goals around the state (with no more than 6 goals allowed, unless they’ve scored more than 30 goals, through Oct. 5):
|West Valley (Yakima)
|Lakeside (9 Mile Falls)
|Central Valley (Spokane)
Around the Area
Just one Washington state team – Gig Harbor at No. 18 – remains ranked in the Top 25 in the national rankings. Below is the NSCAA’s Oct. 1 poll:
Three teams from Washington state remain in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Gig Harbor at No. 3 and followed by Skyline at No. 8 and Issaquah at No. 15. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Oct. 1:
Games to Watch – Week 5
Here are this week’s top matchups:
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – KingCo 4A, Inglemoor at Issaquah, 5:30 p.m.; Roosevelt at Eastlake, 7:30 p.m.; Bothell at Skyline, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A, Tahoma at Auburn Riverside, 7:30 p.m.; Auburn at Kentridge at French Field, 5:30 p.m.; Kent-Meridian at Kentwood, 7:30 p.m.;
KingCo 3A/2A, Interlake at Liberty (Issaquah), 7:30 p.m.; Lake Washington at Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League, Eastside Catholic at Holy Names, 3:30 p.m.; Seattle Prep at Lakeside, 4 p.m.; Bishop Blanchet at Bainbridge, 7 p.m. Seamount League, Kennedy Catholic at Renton, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 3A, Auburn Mountainview at Decatur, 7 p.m. Cascade Conference, Lakewood at Archbishop Murphy, 6 p.m.;
Emerald City League, Overlake at Seattle Academy, 5 p.m.
1A Nisqually League, Life Christian at Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), 4 p.m.; Seattle Christian at Eatonville, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – None.
Thursday, Oct. 10 – KingCo 4A, Inglemoor at Eastlake, 7:30 p.m; Roosevelt at Woodinville at Pop Keeney Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A, Tahoma at Auburn, 3:30 p.m.; Kentridge at Jefferson, 3:30 p.m.;
KingCo 3A/2A, Lake Washington at Bellevue 7:30 p.m.; Mount Si at Interlake, 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League, Holy Names at Bishop Blanchet, 3:30 p.m.; Bainbridge at Lakeside, 4 p.m.; Seattle Prep at Eastside Catholic, 7 p.m.
SPSL 3A, Lakes at Auburn Mountainview, 7 p.m.
Cascade Conference, Cedarcrest at South Whidbey, 6 p.m.
Emerald City League, Overlake at Bush, 3:30 p.m.; Annie Wright at University Prep, 3:30 p.m.
1A/2B/1B Northwest League, Friday Harbor at Mount Vernon Christian, 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 – Cascade Conference, King’s at Cedarcrest, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 – Nonleague, Roosevelt at Lakeside, Noon
TOP 10 PREP GIRLS SOCCER ALL-CLASSIFICATION PRESEASON RANKINGS
By Matt Massey
5. Seattle Prep
6. Mead (Spokane)
7. Meadowdale (Lynnwood)
8. Union (Vancouver)
9. Mount Spokane
10. Lake Washington
Seattle Times state rankings by classification (4A, 3A, 2A)
1, Issaquah (7-1-1)
2, Skyline (7-1-1)
3, Curtis (7-0-1)
4, Union (Vancouver) (6-0-1)
5, Gig Harbor (4-0-2)
6, Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (8-0-0)
7, Kentridge (6-0-1)
8, Woodinville (7-2-1)
9, Central Valley (Spokane) (8-0-1)
10, Chiawana (9-1-0)
On the bubble: Tahoma (6-1-1), Puyallup (5-2-1), Mead (8-1-0), Edmonds-Woodway (5-2-1), Bellarmine Prep (3-2-1), Inglemoor (5-0-2), Emerald Ridge (5-2-1), Camas (6-1-1), Eastlake (5-3-1), Kentwood (3-2-2)
1, Columbia River (7-0-1)
2, Kamiakin (8-1-0)
3, Bainbridge (6-0-1)
4, Bellevue (8-0-0)
5, Seattle Prep (4-2-2)
6, Auburn Mountainview (7-1-0)
7, Bonney Lake (5-1-1)
8, Shorecrest (6-1-1)
9, Peninsula (6-1-1)
10, Bishop Blanchet (4-1-2)
On the bubble: Mount Spokane (4-3-1), Shorewood (5-2-1), Marysville Getchell (5-2-1), Interlake (5-1-3), Hanford (7-3-0), Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (6-2-0), Mountlake Terrace (6-2-0), Mercer Island (5-3-1), Southridge (6-3-1), Mount Si (4-3-2), Mountain View (5-3-0), Kelso (4-2-1), Marysville-Pilchuck (5-3-0).
1, West Valley (Yakima) (9-0-0)
2, North Kitsap (9-0-0)
3, Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (9-0-0)
4, Black Hills (8-0-1)
5, West Valley (Spokane) (9-1-0)
6, Prosser (8-1-0)
7, Kingston (7-2-0)
8, Squalicum (Bellingham) (6-1-2)
9, Hockinson (7-2-0)
10, Sehome (Bellingham) (6-2-2)
On the bubble: Lake Washington (3-3-3), Sumner (6-1-1), Ellensburg (6-2-1), Klahowya (Silverdale) (6-3-0), Olympic (7-2-0), Bellingham (3-2-4), Fife (7-1-0), Ferndale (5-3-1), Mark Morris (Longview) (5-2-0), Tumwater (6-3-0)
WASHINGTON STATE PLAYERS VERBALLY COMMITTED TO PLAY
NCCA DIVISION I-II-III WOMEN’S SOCCER FOR 2014, 2015, 2016
Air Force – Madison Adams, Bonney Lake, F, Sr.
Arkansas – Karli White, Cedarcrest, F, Jr.; Regan Gibbs, Naches, GK, Jr.
Arkansas State – Lauren Crimi, Auburn Riverside, D, Sr.
Arizona – Sierra Bilginer, Redmond (not playing for school team), F, Sr.; Calisse Crisler, Archbishop Murphy, F, Sr.; Kennedy Kieneker, Redmond, MF, Jr.
Boise State – Annie Hoffman, Issaquah, CMF, Jr.
California – Emily Boyd, Nathan Hale, GK, Sr.
Carnegie Mellon University — Haili Adams, Juanita , MF, Sr.
Central Washington – Bailey Martoncik, Tahoma, MF-F, Sr.; Emily Baril, Skyline, GK, Sr.; Alyssa Navlet, Meadowdale, MF-F-D, Sr.
University of Chicago – Sophie Wagner, Auburn Mountainview, D, Sr.
Cincinnati – Jaeden Chew, Skyline, GK, Sr.
Colgate – Emily Crichlow, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), F, Sr.
Colorado – Courtney Fedor, Interlake, D, Sr.
Columbia – Emily Johnson, Forest Ridge (does not play for school team), F, Sr.
Concordia University – Ana Delgadillo, Columbia River, D, Sr.
Florida International – Lyrik Fryer, Issaquah, D, Jr.
Grand Canyon University – Madison Reynolds, Columbia River, F, Sr.
Harvard – Mia Bladin, The Northwest School, MF, Sr.
Hawaii Pacific University – Lindsay Hurley, Columbia River, D, Sr.
Idaho – Andes Archibald, Richland, D, Sr.
Illinois – Kara Marbury, Mead (Spokane), F, Jr.
Middle Tennessee State – Kathy Thomas, Franklin Pierce, D, Sr.
University of Nevada – Rylee Peterson, Edmonds-Woodway, F, Jr.
Kentucky – Rachel Wheeler, Issaquah, F, Sr.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Ashleigh Cade, Bonney Lake, F-MF, Sr.
UNLV – Jordan Sallee, Stadium, GK, Sr.
Minnesota – Hannah Holm, University (Spokane), F, Sr.
University of Montana – Charlene Burger, Columbia River, MF, Sr.; Chanelle Pederson, Bellarmine Prep, D, Sr.
Montana State-Billings – Jordyn England, Stanwood (does not play for school), GK, Sr.
Northern Arizona – Maddie Sjothun, Union (Vancouver), D, Sr.
Oregon – Abby Morrow, Inglemoor, MF-F, Sr.
Oregon State – Emma Bergstorm, Interlake, MF-F, Sr.; Celia Vaughn, Gig Harbor, MF, Sr.
Pennsylvania – Darby Mason, Lakeside (does not play for school team), MF, Sr.
Point Loma Nazarene – Easton Kawasaki, Columbia River, F-MF, Sr.
Portland – Kimberly Hazlett, Squalicum, F, So.; Jessica Kennedy, Lewis & Clark (Spokane), MF, Sr.; Mady Seckman, Kamiak, D, Sr.
Portland State — Zoe Vincini, Shorewood, F, Sr.; Mackenzie Bean, Bothell, F, Sr.
Santa Clara University – Jenna Holtz, Bellarmine Prep, MF, Sr.
Seattle University – Isabelle Butterfield, Bellevue, MF-F, Sr.; Maddie Racine, Eastside Catholic, MF-F, Sr.; Hunter Mar, Kentridge, MF-F, Jr.
Seattle Pacific University — Brooke Holland, Skyline, MF, Sr.; Molly Stinson, Woodinville, GK, Sr.
Stanford – Mariah Lee, Kentwood (does not play for school), F, Sr.
St. Mary’s – Martha Heaps, Mead (Spokane), D, Sr.
Troy University – Megan Charlton, Kentwood, GK, Sr.
Utah – Natalie Vukic, Bainbridge, MF-F, Sr.; Madison Clarkson, Auburn Mountainview, MF, Sr.
Vanderbilt – Logan Cox, Capital (Olympia), D-MF, Sr.
Washington – Taylor Sekyra, Lake Washington (transfer from Liberty-Issaquah), D, Jr.; Jessica Udovich, Puyallup, MF-D, Jr.
Washington State – Jordan Branch, Skyline, MF-D, Sr.; Elizabeth Griffith, Puyallup, MF, Jr.; Abbey Porter, Skyline, D, Jr.
Western Washington — Gabby Brower, Hazen, D, Sr. ; Sierra Shugarts, Decatur, D, Sr