In this edition of “The Full 80,” Liberty of Issaquah High School girls soccer clears a big hurdle in beating No. 1 Columbia River in the state quarterfinals and now it faces tradition-rich Seattle Prep. Liberty seeks its first state title while Prep already has two. As always, there’s national rankings, this week’s upcoming Final Four state-playoff matchups, complete 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
Liberty topples No. 1 Columbia River, earns shot at Seattle Prep
When the Liberty High School girls soccer team needed to be at its best, it simply has been flawless in 2013.
In the Patriots’ last four playoff wins, they’ve outscored opponents 10-0.
Those shutouts include Wednesday’s 2-0 upset victory at Columbia River, which entered state action as the top-ranked team in Class 3A and one owning an 83-0 scoring advantage.
Liberty was undaunted and scored the first and only two goals of the season against the defending 3A champion Chieftains. Then, the Pats beat Metro League tournament champion Bishop Blanchet 3-0 on Saturday to earn berth in the 3A state semifinals on Friday at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium against another Metro League school, Seattle Prep.
Liberty players remember a 2-1 overtime shootout loss Columbia River in last year’s state semifinals. The memory was a driving factor in Wednesday’s big upset.
“This was a little bit of revenge that [the Liberty girls] wanted,” Liberty coach Tami Nguyen said. “We were actually the last team to score against them in the semifinals last year. We didn’t concentrate on the fact no one had scored on them, but we talked about it.
“Every single game we just concentrated on what we do well and can we match that same level from one game to the next.”
After clearing a monster hurdle, it doesn’t seem fair that the Patriots (13-4-4) now must face the vaunted Panthers’ program. Seattle Prep (13-3-6) beat Metro League Mountain Division regular-season champion Bainbridge 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
The Patriots, who got goals from Jacquelyn Anderson and Sami Harrell in the 65th and 74th minutes against Columbia River, keep growing match by match and Friday’s semifinal should be evenly matched.
“We lost seven starters from last year, so this a completely new group,” said Nguyen of her 2012 team, which took fourth at state.
The Patriots feature a two-goalkeeper system with Katie McGuire starting and Amy Ellenberg finishing. They have combined for eight shutouts, including four in a row in postseason.
History is on the Patriots’ side as they hold a 3-1 advantage in state matches against Prep. The Pats’ stinging lone loss to Prep came on a tough 3-2 decision in the 2011 3A title match. That was Liberty’s lone state championship appearance in girls soccer.
“They’re a pretty solid team,” said Prep coach Andy Hendricks, whose program has reached state 13 of the last 14 seasons. “They’ve got solid core, with a good center mid and they’re pretty quick up front. Liberty is a strong program.
“I don’t think they have a state title yet, but they’re kind of the one program you kind of expect to have a state title, because they’ve been there so often. They’ve been knocking on the door, so we expect a tight game.”
The 10th-ranked Panthers feature three senior players going for their third 3A state title in four seasons – central midfielder, Mary Ann Santucci, midfielder Jenay McAuley and goalkeeper Abby Rockwell.
Both Santucci and Rockwell are four-year starters and McAuley played on varsity all four seasons with the exception of missing her junior season with a knee injury.
“We’re a pretty young team other than the three or four players who have that [playoff] experience,” Hendricks said. “Relatively speaking, we’re pretty young. [Santucci] opens up the game for others. She sees the game very well.”
Rockwell has been a rock in goal for the Panthers for four seasons. She owns a career record of 59-7-21 and has posted 48 career shutouts, including 12 this season. Her career goals-against average is 0.55.
Hendricks will have big shoes to fill after Rockwell’s final match.
“Every high-school coach worries about goalkeeping, so having her graduate is a worry for us,” he said. “We’re not sure who’s going to fill those shoes. To know you have someone solid back there that you can rely on and that has been in big games, puts you in position where you don’t have to worry.”
Prep has appeared in the 3A championship match five of the last seven seasons and within one win of making it six of eight.
With six ties, one might question the Panthers’ ability to finish matches. They will need that ability come Friday and Saturday if they want to add to the school’s state titles in 2010 and 2011.
“It wasn’t that we weren’t getting our chances,” Hendricks said. “We were getting our chances, but weren’t putting it in or we were getting unlucky. There were games where we had two posts and a crossbar. I mean what do you say to a kid.
“They’ve done everything right except for the ball’s not going in.”
Leading Seattle Prep is scoring is sophomore midfielder Jalen Woodward with 11 goals and seven assists. Santucci has added nine goals and six assists.
Liberty is led in scoring by Anderson, a senior, and Harrell, a junior, with 10 goals and six assists each.
Issaquah wins ‘epic’ match with KingCo 4A rival Skyline
Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell called the match “epic.”
Last Saturday night’s Class 4A state quarterfinal tussle between Bunnell’s Eagles and KingCo 4A nemesis and top-ranked Skyline was good to the last drop.
The Eagles, playing on their home field in front of 1,000-plus fans, delivered a spine-tingling 2-1 overtime shootout victory over the Spartans after six rounds of penalty kicks.
The Eagles won the shootout by a 5-4 count to avenge to losses to Skyline in 2013.
Fans poured onto the field to start what would be a 45-minute celebration, according to Bunnell. The frenzied atmosphere came after freshman Kaylene Pang made her sixth-round kick and Skyline’s Jordan Branch missed wide right on the Spartans’ final chance to tie.
“This match had to rank up there in my Top 5 all-time,” Bunnell said. “The atmosphere was fantastic. When it’s Issaquah-Skyline, you know it will be.”
Skyline beat Issaquah 1-0 in KingCo 4A play on Oct. 24 and then piled on a 4-0 victory on Oct. 31 in the KingCo 4A championship match.
That sweetened the pot on Saturday, not to mention that Skyline was the two-time defending state champ.
“The game got physical like Issaquah-Skyline games do,” Bunnell said. “
The Eagles (14-4-1) advanced to face Olympia (15-3-2) in Friday’s state semifinals at 8 p.m. at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.
The two schools, located 6.5 miles apart, have faced off for state 4A titles twice. Skyline beat the Eagles in 2009, emerging with a 2-1 overtime shootout win and then came out on top 1-0 last year in the 4A finale.
Issaquah is looking for its fourth state title, one that would match Skyline’s four in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, all at the 4A level. The Eagles are still seeking the school’s first state crown in 4A after winning 3A titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
On Saturday, the stakes were raised and there was no drama missing.
“In that KingCo championship, we didn’t show up to play,” Bunnell said. “We made some adjustments. We had the confidence to know we can hang with them. The crowd was big and fun and that helped.”
After Skyline, which finished 14-2-1, took a 1-0 lead on Branch’s 38th-minute goal on an assist for Bianca Saint, the Eagles’ Lyrik Fryer knotted the match in the 62nd minute. After that, both teams traded shots until shootout.
The best chance for a goal before shootout came when Skyline goalkeeper Jaeden Chew saved a 16-yard shot from junior Devan Talley in the final minute of the first five-minute overtime or the 85th minute.
“Devan hit a cracker and Chew just made a ridiculous save, going to her right,” Bunnell said. “It was a great shot and a great save.”
It was purple-and-gold pandemonium after Skyline’s final miss in penalty kicks.
“The girls ran out and went crazy, then they opened the gates and the whole student section joined them,” Bunnell said. “Our whole side was packed and there was a ton of people on the Skyline side.
“The gate outdrew the football team’s playoff game. That just puts in perspective the kind of crowd that was there.”
The Eagles must move their focus to Friday.
“The girls realize what they have to do,”
Bunnell said. “That game’s behind us. It’s a great moment. That was a huge game but it’s just part of the road. Last year, they wanted to win it all and this year they do too.”
Seattle Academy, University Prep and King’s give local leagues 3 of 4 teams in 1A Final Four
University Prep (16-3-1), the defending Class 1A state champion, and Seattle Academy (18-1-1) give the Emerald City League a pair of top contenders for the 1A state championship this weekend. King’s (18-3-0), of the Cascade Conference in a mixed-classification league, and LaSalle (19-1-0) round out the Final Four.
Seattle Academy, which won the regular season title in the Emerald City League, could face league runner-up University Prep in the state final should both teams advance from the semifinals on Friday.
The Cardinals finished 11-0-1 in league play and the runner-up Pumas were 10-1-1. Seattle Academy put both blemishes on the Pumas’ record, beating them on 3-0 on Oct. 18 after a 1-1 tie on Sept. 24.
After Seattle Academy dropped a 2-0 decision to King’s in the Tri-District 1A tournament on Nov. 9, Seattle Academy coach Rob Phillips still saw hope.
Phillips told his team, “the only undefeated season I’ve ever cared about is going 4-0 in the state tournament.”
University Prep topped Seattle Christian 3-2 in last year’s 1A title match.
Seattle Academy won 1A state titles in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Senior forward Sofia Barsher leads the Cardinals with 25 goals and 10 assists and senior goalkeeper Emily Mark has posted 13 of her 30 career shutouts this season.
Spartans look for repeat in 2A
Sumner (16-2-1) is the lone local team left in the Class 2A field and the Spartans will be looking to defend their 2A crown.
Sumner beat Sehome 1-0 last season in the 1A final to cap off a perfect 21-0-0 season.
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 16 goals allowed, unless they’ve scored more than 95 goals, through Nov. 16):
|Team||Goals For||Goals Against|
|West Valley (Yakima)||86||3|
|Lakeside (9 mile falls)||95||10|
|East Valley (Spokane)||39||11|
Around the Area
One team from Washington state – Skyline of Sammamish at No. 14 — remains ranked in the Top 25 in the national rankings. Below is the NSCAA’s Nov. 12 poll
Three teams from Washington state remain in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Skyline at No. 3 and followed by Kentridge at No. 6 and Inglemoor tied at No. 15. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Nov. 12:
Games to Watch – Week 11 – Prep girls soccer playoff information
Here are this week’s state playoff matchups – FINAL FOUR matches:
Friday, Nov. 22
Class 4A state semifinals: No. 4 Central Valley (Spokane) (16-1-1) vs. Mead (Spokane) (17-3-1); Olympia (15-3-2) vs. Issaquah (14-4-1), 8 p.m.; both at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup).
Class 3A state semifinals: No. 8 Bellevue (16-3-0) vs. No. 1 Kamiakin (Kennewick) (20-1-0), 2 p.m.; No. 10 Seattle Prep (13-3-6) vs. Liberty (Issaquah) (13-4-4), 4 p.m.; both at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup).
Class 2A state semifinals: No. 8 Sumner (16-2-1) vs. No. 1 West Valley (Yakima) (20-0-0), 6 p.m.; No. 6 Squalicum (17-2-2) vs. Bellingham (11-6-5), 8 p.m.; both at Shoreline Stadium.
Class 1A state semifinals: LaSalle (19-1-0) vs. University Prep (16-3-1), 2 p.m.; King’s (18-3-0) vs. Seattle Academy (18-1-1), 4 p.m.; both at Shoreline Stadium.
Class 1B/2B state semifinals: Adna (8-6-3) vs. Crosspoint Academy (13-4-0), 2 p.m.; Liberty Bell (11-7-0) vs. Bear Creek (14-2-1), 4 p.m.; both at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)
Class 1B/2B boys state semifinals: Bear Creek vs. St. George’s, 6 p.m.; Waitsburg-Prescott vs. Grace Academy, 8 p.m.; both at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner
Saturday, Nov. 23
Class 4A: Championship match, 4 p.m.; 3rd-4th places, Noon; both at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup).
Class 3A: Championship match, 2 p.m.; 3rd-4th places, 10 a.m.; both at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup).
Class 2A: Championship match, 4 p.m.; 3rd-4th places, Noon; both at Shoreline Stadium.
Class 1A: Championship match, 2 p.m.; 3rd-4th places, 10 a.m.; both at Shoreline Stadium.
Class 1B/2B: Championship match, 2 p.m.; 3rd-4th places, 10 a.m.; both at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)
Class 1B/2B boys: Championship match, 4 p.m.; 3rd-4th places, Noon; both at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)
COMPLETE STATE BRACKETS
Class 4A girls
Class 3A girls
Class 2A girls
Class 1A girls
Class 1B/2B girls
Class 1B/2B boys
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. 18)
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.; Abbie Litka, Skyline, 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.
Eastern Oregon University -- Amber Nielsen, Fife, GK, 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)
St. Martin’s University – Hannah van Amen, Liberty (Issaquah), D-MF, 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.
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 (records in parentheses prior to Week 9):
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),
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),
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),
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