In this edition of “The Full 80,” we’ll look at the Skyline High School girls soccer team shoots for its “big school” record fifth Class 4A state title in six seasons. As always, there’s national rankings, this week’s upcoming big playoff matchups, completed playoff schedule, 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
Skyline shoots for historic fifth state crown
The Skyline High School girls soccer team is in familiar territory.
The top-ranked Spartans are hosting a first-round Class 4A state match with state-title aspirations and a big target.
Skyline (13-1-1) is seeking its fifth 4A crown in six seasons and coach Don Braman understands there’s no looking past any opponent.
It’s been a nice recipe for the Spartans, who sit one state title away from tying Washington state’s “big-school” mark of five set by Bellarmine Prep, Shorecrest and Kennedy.
Skyline hosts eighth-ranked Curtis (13-4-1) on Tuesday in the first round match at 7:30 p.m. The winner faces the Issaquah-Gig Harbor winner in the state quarterfinals this weekend.
“It’s not very often that you finish No. 1 in your league and then have to face the league champion of the SPSL South,” Braman said. “That’s the hand that has been dealt to us, so we’re going to have find a way through. Curtis is really competitive team with some really dangerous players.
“It’s going to take our best.”
Skyline must dust off the rust quickly after having 12 days away from game action since beating Issaquah 4-0 to capture the KingCo 4A tournament title on Oct. 31. The Spartans own a nine-match unbeaten streak coming into state and have overwhelmed opponents 37-3 in goals scored.
“We haven’t had a break like this for a while,” Braman said. “The playoff structure has changed. We just made the most of the time we had, focusing on academics, watching film and working on things to help us in the tournament.”
Braman won’t look past Curtis, which fell to Tahoma 2-1 in last year’s state quarterfinals.
“We just need to focus 100 percent our attention on the opponent at hand,” he said. “It will take the best collective effort we have to beat a team like Curtis.”
Junior forward Amanda Johnston leads a balance offensive attack for Skyline with nine goals and six assists.
Skyline has posted 11 shutouts with seniors Emily Baril and Jaeden Chew sharing most of the time in goal.
The Spartans own an 8-0-0 record at home this season.
“We know our job is to play well at home,” Braman said. “I do know we’re approaching this as an opportunity to play great in our last home game, and we like playing at home and play well there.”
Perhaps Curtis’ most dangerous player is sophomore Morgan Weaver, who enters with 19 goals this season. Weaver scored both goals in last year’s 2-1 state-opening win at Redmond.
“She’s speedy and tall and has a great finishing touch,” Braman said. “We’re going to track her wherever she’s at on the field. We’ll have to pay close attention to what she’s up to.”
Braman prefers to take state on a step by step basis, giving attention and respect to Curtis.
“They are going to be at their best and waiting and I know they’ll want to bring it to us,” he said. “But we’re starting to play better and better. We’re on the right trajectory.
“All that means is there’s an opportunity. We have to play our best against a good Curtis team.”
Braman is fortunate to having girls on his squad with the experience of a championship run or two under their belts.
“Those players understand that it’s about the here and the now,” he said. “It’s about playing your best at this moment, on this day and in this game.
“It’s about not getting too far ahead of yourself and dreaming about things that might be and instead focusing on things that are. There is a reward at the end. The reward now is about the work invested and fighting for the girl next to you. It’s great to have kids who understand that.”
Bunnell set to re-join team after missing match
Issaquah girls soccer coach Tom Bunnell was on pins and needles awaiting the result.
Bunnell, the 10th-year Eagles coach, didn’t know if he’d get to coach the Eagles again this season after receiving a red card for “acting unsportsmanlike” in his team’s 2-1 loss to Inglemoor on Nov. 5.
Bunnell was hit with the red card ejection after arguing with the referee, trying to get his player Lyrik Fryer 10 yards distance from defenders on free kick late in the match, but he lost his appeal to coach his team’s next match with Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA).
That meant the coach had to miss Saturday’s match as one-game suspension for the red card. The Eagles (12-4-1) didn’t let their coach down and came through with a 3-1 loser-out, winner-to-state road triumph over Kamiak to reach the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Bunnell received text updates on the match since he wasn’t allowed to coach.
“It’s completely nerve-wracking, it’s no fun and you’re just helpless,” Bunnell said. “You can’t exert your will on the game. It was hard. You have to keep it all bottled up. It was hard. That’s my first time ever getting a (red) card in 30 years of coaching … high school, club, everything.
“I’m just glad they won.”
Bunnell claims he wasn’t rude or vulgar to the refs. He said he was watching for his players’ best interest.
“There was no swearing, no touching, no anything,” he said. “I told my player not to take her free kick until she got her 10 (yards) from 25 yards out to tie the game up.
“They said it was about judgment calls. Well, it’s my judgment to ask for 10 yards. It’s such a simple thing. If they don’t get these things right, it’s ruining the experience for the kids.”
The Eagles earned the right to travel and face second-ranked Gig Harbor (9-1-5) on Tuesday at Roy Anderson Field. Issaquah beat the Tides 2-0 in the first round of state last season.
“They are a good team, and they’ve always been good,” said Bunnell, whose team will be missing a starter – Fryer — from a late red card on Saturday and could be down two other substitutes to concussions. “They’ve got solid players on all parts of the field and solid goalkeeping. It’s going to be tough.”
Annie Hoffman and Juliana da Cruz tallied goals about a minute apart in the 60th and 61st minutes for the Eagles in last year’s win over Gig Harbor.
Saturday’s season-saving win for the Eagles snapped a three-match losing streak and gave Bunnell’s team new life.
“We’ll focus on what’s ahead of us,” he said. “If we can win, we’ll host a quarterfinal game, which would be wild.”
Give me Liberty or give me a goal
The challenge in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament is substantial: score a goal against a team yet to give one up in 2013.
The Patriots (11-4-4) travels to face top-ranked and defending 3A state champion Columbia River (17-0-1) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Kiggens Bowl in Vancouver.
The Chieftans have outscored foes 83-0. Liberty has outscored its opponents 49-26.
Can the Patriots crack the code?
First round of state begins Tuesday
After league and district action this week, the first round of state begins with games Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Class 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and 1B/2B girls and 1B/2B boys.
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 15 goals allowed, unless they’ve scored more than 90 goals, through Nov. 9):
|Team||Goals for||Goals against|
|West Valley (Yakima)||82||3|
|Lakeside (9 Mile Falls)||87||7|
|East Valley (Spokane)||39||11|
Around the Area
One team from Washington state – Skyline of Sammamish tied at No. 20 — remains ranked in the Top 25 in the national rankings. Below is the NSCAA’s Nov. 5 poll:
Three teams from Washington state remain in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Skyline at No. 4 and followed by Kentridge at No. 8 and Gig Harbor at No. 15. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Nov. 5:
Games to Watch – Week 10 – Prep girls soccer playoff information
Here are this week’s top state playoff matchups – first-round matches:
Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Class 4A: Olympia (13-3-2) vs. No. 5 Edmonds-Woodway (14-2-2) at Edmonds Stadium, 7 p.m.; No. 8 Curtis (13-4-1) at No. 1 Skyline (13-1-1), 7:30 p.m.; Issaquah (11-4-1) at No. 2 Gig Harbor (9-1-5), 7 p.m.; Jackson (14-2-3) vs. No. 7 Mead (Spokane) (14-3-1) at University HS, 5 p.m.; Inglemoor (11-2-3) vs. No. 3 Kentridge (13-1-4) at French Field, 7:30 p.m.
Class 3A: No. 6 Bonney Lake (15-3-1) at Bellevue (14-3-0), 7:30 p.m.; No. 10 Seattle Prep (11-3-6) vs. Hazen (11-5-0) at Renton Stadium, 7 p.m.; Marysville-Pilchuck (11-8-0) vs. No. 9 Bishop Blanchet (13-5-3) at Chief Sealth HS, 6:30 p.m.; No. 5 Bainbridge (13-2-2) vs. No. 3 Meadowdale (13-2-3) at Edmonds Stadium, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Class 4A: Tahoma (11-3-4) at No. 4 Central Valley (Spokane) (14-1-1), 5 p.m.
Class 3A: Liberty (Issaquah) (11-4-4) vs. No. 1 Columbia River (15-0-1) at Kiggens Bowl, 5:30 p.m.; No. 4 Shorecrest (15-2-1) at No. 7 Auburn Mountainview (16-3-0), 7:30 p.m.; No. 10 Seattle Prep (11-3-6) vs. Hazen (12-7-0) at Renton Stadium, 7 p.m.
Class 2A: Olympic (14-6-0) at Lake Washington (10-6-3), 7 p.m.; No. 4 Black Hills (16-2-1) vs. No. 8 Sumner (14-2-1) at Sunset Chev Stadium, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14, Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 – State quarterfinal round.
Full schedules – state playoff links
Links for upcoming prep girls soccer state tournament matches are listed below. Information will be updated here as it becomes available:
STATE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Nov. 22-23, 2013
1B/2B Boys and Girls Soccer Championships
SUNSET CHEV STADIUM, SUMNER
1A and 2A Girls State Soccer Championships
SHORELINE STADIUM, SHORELINE
3A and 4A Girls State Soccer Championships
SPARKS STADIUM, PUYALLUP
COMPLETE STATE BRACKETS
Class 4A girls
Class 3A girls
Class 2A girls
Class 1A girls
Class 1B/2B girls
Class 1B/2B boys
INFORMATION BY DISTRICT
Northwest District (District 1)
Sea-King District (District 2)
West Central District (District 3)
Southwest District (District 4)
Yakima Valley District (District 5)
North Central District (District 6)
Northeast District (District 7)
Greater Spokane District (District 8)
Southeast District (District 9)
ALL LEAGUE AND DISTRICT BRACKETS
WASHINGTON STATE PLAYERS VERBALLY COMMITTED TO PLAY NCCA DIVISION I-II-III WOMEN’S SOCCER FOR 2014, 2015, 2016
(Please e-mail email@example.com with any additional commits; updated Monday, Nov. 11)
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.; Viktoriya Vasina, Auburn Mountainview, F, 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.; Marianna de M. Castro, Redmond, GK, 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.; Rylee Seekins, Hockinson, MF, So.
Portland State — Zoe Vincini, Shorewood, F, Sr.; Mackenzie Bean, Bothell, F, Sr.
Princeton University – Beth Stella, King’s, MF-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.; Julia DeVere, Squalicum, MF, Jr.
Stanford – Mariah Lee, Kentwood (does not play for school), F, Sr.
St. Mary’s – Martha Heaps, Mead (Spokane), D, Sr.
St. Peters University — Lauren Solene, Mount Si, GK, Sr. (does not play for school)
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.
FINAL state rankings by classification (4A, 3A, 2A)
Here are The Seattle Times 2013 FINAL rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A for Week 9 (current 2013 record in parentheses):
1, Skyline (13-1-1)
2, Gig Harbor (10-1-5)
3, Kentridge (13-1-4)
4, Central Valley (Spokane) (14-1-1)
5, Edmonds-Woodway (14-2-2)
6, Camas (14-3-2)
7, Mead (15-3-1)
8, Curtis (13-4-1)
9, Chiawana (15-4-0)
10, Union (Vancouver) (14-3-1)
On the bubble: Issaquah (11-4-1), Jackson (14-2-3), Federal Way (12-4-2), Snohomish (13-4-1), Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (12-4-0), Woodinville (11-5-1), Tahoma (11-3-4), Puyallup (11-4-3), Inglemoor (11-2-3), Kentwood (10-4-4), Skyview (Vancouver) (13-4-1)
1, Columbia River (17-0-1)
2, Kamiakin (18-1-0)
3, Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (14-2-3)
4, Shorecrest (15-3-1)
5, Bainbridge (13-2-2)
6, Bonney Lake (15-3-1)
7, Auburn Mountainview (16-3-0)
8, Bellevue (14-3-0)
9, Bishop Blanchet (13-5-3)
10, Seattle Prep (11-3-6)
On the bubble: Timberline (11-4-2), Shorewood (10-7-2), Peninsula (9-6-1), Mount Spokane (12-5-1), Marysville Getchell (10-6-3), Interlake (9-5-4), Hanford (10-7-0), Mountlake Terrace (12-7-1), Mercer Island (11-5-3)
1, West Valley (Yakima) (18-0-0)
2, Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (19-1-0)
3, North Kitsap (17-2-0)
4, Black Hills (16-2-1)
5, West Valley (Spokane) (16-2-0)
6, Squalicum (Bellingham) (15-2-2)
7, Klahowya (Silverdale) (16-3-0)
8, Sumner (14-2-1)
9, Fife (15-2-0)
10, Ridgefield (15-3-1)
On the bubble: Ephrata (14-4-1), Kingston (13-6-0), Hockinson (13-6-1), Prosser (14-5-0), Lake Washington (10-6-3), Ellensburg (12-7-1), Olympic (14-6-0), Bellingham (9-5-5), Sehome (Bellingham) (11-4-3), Mark Morris (Longview) (12-6-0)
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