November 26, 2013 at 4:00 AM
In this edition of “The Full 80,” University Prep girls soccer pulled of a difficult repeat as Class 1A state champions, fighting through injury, illness and tough draw. As always, there’s national rankings, 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
University Prep overcomes tough road, adversity to win second 1A title in a row
The road to the Class 1A state title was anything but easy for the University Prep girls soccer team.
The Pumas (18-3-1) started on the road near Spokane with a 3-1 win over Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls in the opening round.
In between, UPrep endured illness and injury and still persevered to post back-to-back state title in 1A.
The Pumas hard work was rewarded with a 3-2 victory over King’s in Saturday 1A title match at Shoreline Stadium. It took some extra work as Claire O’Brien, one of six seniors and one nine starters back from the 2012 championship squad, scored in stoppage time of the 80th minute from them to prevail.
“The King’s team had the edge in shots and time of possession in the first half,” said University Prep coach Alec Duxbury, who is in his fourth season with girls and 20th with the boys. “With nine of our 11 players having played in last year’s championship, they were calm and didn’t get upset. They converted the penalty kick to go 1-1.
“The last [goal] was one of those split-second opportunities. Claire O’Brien hit and hit it well.”
The Pumas rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits and, in the end, their experience won out.
“It was really just our character and experience that got it done,” Duxbury said. “We did not have an easy playoff run in terms of injury or illness on our team. We lost players in different games, one players got the flu which turned into pneumonia and we had a player coming back from an MCL injury.
“We were shifting lineups even through the semifinal game. It was just confidence in each other that could play where ever I needed them to play and get it done.”
There were six seniors on the UPrep squad, and all of them were four-year starters. In that reliable group, in addition to O’Brien, were forward Alissa Soo, defenders Christina Cobb, Julianna Werfelli and Olivia Thomson and midfielder Linnea Soo.
“We were not the chosen ones and not the team destiny,” Duxbury said. “Last year, we healthy and strong and this year, it was not the case. We definitely had to battle.”
Werfelli tore a muscle in her hip in the Pumas’ final regular-season match after breaking her collarbone in last year’s state quarterfinals as one of three goalkeepers last season.
Cobb sprained her MCL earlier in the season and just got getting healthy for the playoffs. Linnea Soo came down with the flu in the quarterfinals and it turned to pneumonia.
O’Brien finished the season with 18 goals and 10 assists to lead UPrep. Both years, the Pumas trailed 2-1 in the title match and responded. The stood up and gave an Emerald City League representative a state champion eight of the last 10 seasons in 1A.
“This group of girls was ninth-graders when I started coaching the team and that made this championship pretty special,” Duxbury said. “Last year, a lot of people believed we’d win. This year, a lot of people didn’t think we’d win. I think our win on Saturday was a bit of a surprise outside of our team. It was a happy ending to a really terrific four years.
“This group just did not get rattled.”
Spartans get repeat in 2A
Sumner successfully defended its Class 2A state crown with a 18-2-1 record after posting a 2-0 win over Bellingham in this year’s 2A championship match at Shoreline Stadium.
Sumner beat Sehome 1-0 last season in the 1A final to cap off a perfect 21-0-0 season.
In its two-year title run, the Spartans have dominated opponents 240-7, including 104-5 this season.
Around the Area
One team from Washington state – Central Valley of Spokane at No. 12 — remains ranked in the Top 25 in the national rankings. Below is the NSCAA’s Nov. 19 poll:
Three teams from Washington state remain in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Central Valley of Spokane at No. 2 and followed by Issaquah at No. 12 and Olympia tied at No. 14. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Nov. 19:
State championship results
Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)
Championship: Central Valley (Spokane) 3, Issaquah 2, OT shootout
3rd-4th places: Olympia 1, Mead (Spokane) 0, OT shootout
Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)
Championship: Liberty (Issaquah) 2, Kamiakin 1
3rd-4th places: Bellevue 2, Seattle Prep 1
Championship: Sumner 2, Bellingham 0
3rd-4th places: Squalicum 2, West Valley (Yakima) 1
Championship: University Prep 3, King’s 2
3rd-4th places: Seattle Academy 3, LaSalle 1
Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)
Championship: Crosspoint Academy 1, Bear Creek 0
3rd-4th places: Liberty Bell 1, Adna 0, OT shootout
Class 1B/2B boys
Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)
Championship: Bear Creek 2, Grace Academy 0
3rd-4th places: St. George’s 2, Waitsburg-Prescott 0
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, Nov. 25)
Air Force – Madison Adams, Bonney Lake, F, Sr.
Arkansas – Karli White, Mount Si, 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. (not playing for school team)
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.
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), Kentwood (10-4-4), Skyview (Vancouver) (13-4-1), South Kitsap (8-6-3), Olympia (13-3-2), Wenatchee (11-5-1), Kamiak (13-5-1), Arlington (10-6-1), Auburn Riverside (9-6-3), Moses Lake (13-4-0), Bellarmine Prep (8-4-4), University (Spokane) (10-8-0), Jefferson (8-4-5), Beamer (8-6-3).
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), Mountlake Terrace (12-7-1), Mercer Island (11-5-3), Southridge (12-6-1), Mountain View (11-6-0), Kelso (8-7-1), Marysville-Pilchuck (12-8-0), Liberty (Issaquah) (11-4-4), Enumclaw (12-7-0), West Seattle (9-8-1), Nathan Hale (9-4-3), Wilson (Tacoma) (9-6-2), Hazen (12-7-0).
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), Sehome (Bellingham) (11-4-3), Mark Morris (Longview) (12-6-0), Tumwater (11-8-0), Burlington (12-5-2), Pullman (9-7-2), Clarkston (13-5-1), Renton (9-7-0), Lindbergh (11-4-1), East Valley (Spokane) (10-4-0), Franklin Pierce (10-5-0), Capital (12-7-1).