In this edition of “The Full 80,” we’ll look at small-school soccer and Archbishop Murphy wanting to match the historical perfect run of the 2009 squad, which won the Class 2A state championship with a 23-0-0 record. The Wildcats are going for the school’s third state crown in the sport. 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
2013 Archbishop Murphy chases historical season of 2009
Every day when the current Archbishop Murphy High School girls soccer team makes its way onto the upper practice field, they see a reminder of the goal they are chasing.
This group of Wildcats, now 11-0-0 overall and 9-0-0 atop the Cascade Conference, knows of the standard set by the 2009 team, which went a perfect 23-0-0 in winning the Class 2A state championship. They topped Cheney 2-0 in the final to cap the sensational unbeaten run, establishing a lofty bar for future teams to match.
The reminder is right there to see almost every day.
The 4 x 8 sign reads, “Welcome to the home of the AMHS 2A Girls 2009 Soccer State Champions.” The message is a powerful reminder, an inspiration to maintain and match history.
This 2013 squad would like nothing more than to match the feat put up by the 2009 group.
“They are very proud of what they’ve accomplished here in girls soccer,” ATM coach Michael Bartley said. “There’s actually two signs for state title, another one from (2006). The girls program here has been one of the main things for Murphy. We take a lot of pride in it, and (winning a state title) is what we’re trying to do.”
The Wildcats are “strong up the spine” in 2013 as Bartley likes to refer to the middle of the field. Adding to that strength is having 10 of 11 players back who were starters from last year’s group.
The 2012 team finished 20-2-0 overall after being eliminated in the 2A state quarterfinals by eventual champion Sumner. They also took the Cascade Conference title with a 14-0-0 mark in 2012.
They certainly built off that solid season in 2013. Archbishop Murphy has outscored foes 48-4 in all 11 matches, including 42-3 in conference.
“The big key for us is that our defense and goalkeeping are solid and we have (high-scoring) Cali Crisler,” Bartley said. “It’s nice to have two (goalkeepers). It gives us great depth at that position.
“We also a position of strength at defender.”
Heading into Tuesday’s key match at King’s, currently second in the Cascade Conference at 8-1-0 and 8-2-0 overall, the Wildcats own a 26-match win streak in conference play. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. and adds another opportunity to gain a foothold atop the conference.
“In the beginning (of the season), we were just hoping to add a lot of chemistry,” Bartley said. “That’s the biggest thing we can have. We worked hard at that. I think last year that held us back a little bit. This team absolutely loves being together and they work hard for each other.
“That’s why I think we are a little better than last year.”
Another big reason the Wildcats are better is the continuing development of star attacking center midfielder Calisse “Cali” Crisler.
“She can score from range at any point,” Bartley said. “She can play middle. She can play wide. She can play up top.”
Crisler, a senior bound for the University of Arizona, has already piled up 16 goals and 11 assists in 11 matches. Junior left winger Kristi Bartz has chimed in with 11 goals and three assists.
Goalkeepers Natalie Robinson, a junior, and Crissy Talley, a sophomore, split time with each player taking a half. The duo has combined for a gaudy 0.37 goals-against average.
The back line of the Wildcats’ 4-2-3-1 formation includes Ceci Nguyen, a senior left-side defender; Melissa Rivera, a senior right-side defender; Brooke Richardson, a junior middle defender; and Jenna Martin, a senior middle defender.
Two other key players are a pair of sophomores — forward Tena Ungvarsky and holding midfielder Claire Feeney. Ungvarsky, despite missing a pair of games, has six goals and five assists and Feeney takes most of the teams free kicks and corner kicks.
“She plays like a senior,” said Bartley of Feeney. “She’s a monster. She wins all the air balls.”
ATM won another state title in girls soccer in 2006, beating Cedarcrest 1-0 in the Class 2A finale. They lost twice in championship matches, 1-0 to Cedar Park Christian in 2003 and 3-1 to Naches in 2A in 2004.
The program is 107-13-1 overall dating to the beginning of the 2008 season. The Wildcats’ last loss in Cascade Conference play was a 1-0 loss to Lakewood on Oct. 20, 2011.
This year’s Wildcats are hoping to finish in a league of their own, perhaps joining the 2009 team on a lofty perch.
Auburn Mountainview hopes to enjoy the view in SPSL 3A
Auburn Mountainview last won a South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 3A title in 2011.
The Lions, now 9-1-0 overall and 4-0-0 in SPSL 3A, appear to have the pieces in place for another run. As usual, it looks like Bonney Lake poses the biggest threat.
AMV beat the Panthers 1-0 on Oct. 1 and the rematch will measure the Lions’ progress when the travel to face Bonney Lake (7-1-1, 3-1-0) again on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
“We started with a really good team last year, and that first league game, we had four starters injured by halftime,” said Lions’ coach Cary Davidson, the program’s only coach, whose 2012 team was 9-6-1. “Our whole midfield was gone and one of forwards was out. We struggled the rest of the year without those players. And, one of those was (an ankle injury to) Madi Clarkson, who’s a really good player.
“(Bonney Lake) always seems to get good players. They have quality players every single year.”
The Lions have a strong group of seven seniors, led by Utah-bound Madi Clarkson in the midfield. Clarkson returned in the postseason, but “limped around the playoffs,” according to Davidson.
“She can play anywhere on the field,” Davidson said of his star player, who has four goals and two assists. “She’s the most complete player to play here (in nine years). It’s hard to knock her off the ball.”
Clarkson, the team’s central midfielder, possesses “speed and strength.” She also has a 4.0 GPA.
The group of senior talent doesn’t stop there.
Leading the defense is senior Sophie Wagner, who will play at the University of Chicago in 2014. The team’s top scorer, forward Viktoriya Vasina (7 goals, 1 assist), will play at Central Washington University next fall. Vasina didn’t play last season.
Rounding out the senior group are goalkeeper Anastasia Finney, forward Delene Colburn and midfielders Nicole Carter and Madison Newell. Colburn is an accomplished fastpitch pitcher.
With a healthy lineup, Davidson is hoping for a top finish and school-best state showing.
“The top three teams in our league can compete in any league,” he said. “I’ve had some really good players, but just not all at one time. We’ve always been right there. We we’ve gone to state we’ve always had one-goal losses mostly.
“We’ve never made it out of the first round. Really, the girls want to get to the state tournament and get past that first round.”
The Lions need more goals as they set a school-record for least goals with 26 in 2012.
“In the end that was our demise,” Davidson said.
Auburn Mountainview lost 2-1 to Mercer Island in 2009 and 1-0 to Everett in 2006 in first-round state matches.
Back in top form: Crimi returns to lead Ravens
Lauren Crimi missed the first four matches of her senior season with the Auburn Riverside girls soccer team.
And, now she is making up for lost time.
The Ravens forward became the program’s first girls soccer player to record three goals and three assists in one match in Thursday’s 8-2 win over Kent-Meridian in a South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 4A North action.
Her nine-point outing was just part of what she’s added to the Auburn Riverside offensive attack since returning to the lineup. She has four goals and four assists — 12 points — since coming back and better yet, the Ravens are 4-0-2 with her on the pitch after starting 2-2-0.
Crimi was cleared to play on Sept. 26, according to Ravens coach Paul Lewis.
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 8 goals allowed, unless they’ve scored more than 40 goals, through Oct. 12):
|Team||Goals for||Goals against|
|Lewis & Clark||30||6|
Around the Area
No Washington state team remains ranked in the Top 25 in the national rankings. Below is the NSCAA’s Oct. 8 poll:
Three teams from Washington state remain in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Skyline at No. 6 and followed by Gig Harbor at No. 8 and Issaquah at No. 10. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Oct. 1:
Seattle Times state rankings by classification (4A, 3A, 2A) – Week 5
1, Issaquah (9-1-1)
2, Skyline (8-1-1)
3, Gig Harbor (5-0-3)
4, Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (9-0-0)
5, Kentridge (8-0-2)
6, Central Valley (Spokane) (8-0-1)
7, Curtis (8-1-1)
8, Chiawana (11-1-0)
9, Camas (8-1-1)
10, Union (Vancouver) (7-1-1)
On the bubble: Woodinville (7-3-1), Tahoma (6-1-3), Puyallup (7-2-1), Mead (9-1-1), Edmonds-Woodway (7-2-1), Inglemoor (5-2-2), Emerald Ridge (7-2-1), Eastlake (6-4-1), Kentwood (5-2-2)
1, Columbia River (9-0-1)
2, Kamiakin (11-1-0)
3, Bainbridge (8-0-1)
4, Bellevue (9-1-0)
5, Auburn Mountainview (9-1-0)
6, Bonney Lake (7-1-1)
7, Shorecrest (8-1-1)
8, Seattle Prep (5-2-3)
9, Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (7-2-0)
10, Shorewood (7-2-1)
On the bubble: Peninsula (6-3-1), Bishop Blanchet (5-3-2), Mount Spokane (5-4-1), Marysville Getchell (5-3-2), Interlake (5-3-3), Hanford (8-4-0), Mountlake Terrace (7-3-0)
1, West Valley (Yakima) (11-0-0)
2, North Kitsap (11-0-0)
3, Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (11-0-0)
4, Black Hills (10-0-1)
5, West Valley (Spokane) (10-2-0)
6, Kingston (10-2-0)
7, Sumner (8-1-1)
8, Squalicum (Bellingham) (8-1-2)
9, Sehome (Bellingham) (8-2-2)
10, Ephrata (8-2-1)
On the bubble: Ridgefield (7-3-1), Hockinson (7-3-1), Prosser (9-3-0), Lake Washington (4-4-3), Ellensburg (8-3-1), Klahowya (Silverdale) (9-3-0), Olympic (8-4-0), Bellingham (5-3-4)
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
Games to Watch – Week 6
Here are this week’s top matchups:
Tuesday, Oct. 15 – KingCo 4A, Eastlake at Bothell at Pop Keeney Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Redmond at Inglemoor, 7:30 p.m.; Newport at Roosevelt at Northeast Athletic Complex, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A, Auburn at Jefferson, 3:30 p.m.; Curtis at Emerald Ridge, 7:30 p.m.; Mount Rainier at Kentwood, 7:30 p.m.; Kentlake at Kentridge at French Field, 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A, Interlake at Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.; Liberty (Issaquah) at Lake Washington, 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League, Seattle Prep at Holy Names, 3:30 p.m.; Bishop Blanchet at Lakeside, 4 p.m.; Bainbridge at Eastside Catholic, 5:15 p.m. Seamount League, Renton at Hazen, 6 p.m.;
WesCo 3A, Shorewood at Stanwood, 6:30 p.m.; Meadowdale at Marysville-Pilchuck, 7:30 p.m.; Oak Harbor at Mountlake Terrace at Lynnwood HS, 7:30 p.m.; Marysville Getchell at Shorecrest, 7:30 p.m.
Cascade Conference, Sultan at Cedarcrest, 6 p.m.; Lakewood at Granite Falls, 6 p.m.; Archbishop Murphy at King’s, 6 p.m.
Emerald City League, Forest Ridge at University Prep, 3:30 p.m.; The Northwest School at Annie Wright, 4 p.m.;
Nisqually League, Seattle Christian at Cedar Park Christian, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 – None.
Thursday, Oct. 17 – KingCo 4A, Newport at Inglemoor, 7:30 p.m.; Redmond at Issaquah, 7:30 p.m.; Eastlake at Skyline, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A, Emerald Ridge at Rogers (Puyallup), 3:30 p.m.; Mount Rainier at Auburn Riverside, 7:30 p.m.; Jefferson at Kentlake, 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A, Bellevue at Interlake, 7:30 p.m.; Lake Washington at Mount Si, 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League, Ingraham at Nathan Hale, 3:30 p.m.; Bishop Blanchet at Seattle Prep, 3:30 p.m.; Lakeside at Eastside Catholic, 7 p.m; Holy Names at Bainbridge, 7 p.m.
SPSL 3A, Auburn Mountainview at Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.
WesCo 3A, Stanwood at Marysville Getchell, 7:30 p.m.; Mountlake Terrace vs. Meadowdale at Lynnwood, 7:30 p.m.; Shorewood at Shorecrest, 7:30 p.m.
Cascade Conference, Cedarcrest at Archbishop Murphy, 6 p.m.; King’s at Granite Falls, 6 p.m.; South Whidbey at Lakewood, 6 p.m.
Emerald City League, Annie Wright at Overlake, 4 p.m.;
1A Nisqually League, Cascade Christian at Seattle Christian, 3:30 p.m.;
2B SeaTac, Bear Creek at Crosspoint Academy, 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 – 3A Metro League, Bainbridge at Ingraham, 3:30 p.m.; Eastside Catholic at Nathan Hale, 3:30 p.m.; Seattle Prep at West Seattle, 3:30 p.m.; Bishop Blanchet at Chief Sealth, 4 p.m.
Emerald City League, Forest Ridge at The Northwest School, 5 p.m.; University Prep at Seattle Academy, 5 p.m.
Nonleague, Mount Vernon Christian at Bush, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 – SPSL 4A, Kentridge at Kentwood, 2 p.m.;
1A Nisqually League, Bellevue Christian at Cedar Park Christian, Noon.
WASHINGTON STATE PLAYERS VERBALLY COMMITTED TO PLAY NCAA DIVISION I-II-III WOMEN’S SOCCER FOR 2014, 2015, 2016
(Please e-mail email@example.com with any additional commits; updated Monday, Oct. 14)
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.; Emily Seelbach, Auburn Riverside, MF-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.
Elmira College (New York) – Sage Miller, Nathan Hale, F-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.