In the second edition of “The Full 80,” a look at Kentridge knocking off nationally ranked Skyline.
Kentridge trying to prove they belong as state contenders
The early season nonleague schedule mirrors the election process.
The generic public can talk all it wants about qualified candidates, but once in office [or in this case, once there’s something at stake], it’s all about performance.
The early returns say that the Kentridge High School girls soccer team will be tough to beat in 2014.
The Chargers, who finished 13-2-4 with a first-round 1-0 state loss to Inglemoor in 2013, are coming out firing their best shot so far this fall.
Kentridge not only beat perennial power Skyline on the Spartans’ home field 3-1 on Saturday, they dominated. Skyline entered the nonconference match ranked No. 4 and No. 9 in two different national polls and No. 1 in Class 4A.
“It was pretty exciting for us,” said Kentridge head coach Sherri Rolfs, who is now 42-9-8 in her fourth season leading the program. “It mainly let the girls see the possibilities for this season and what they are capable of doing. Hopefully, they will strive for going deep into the season.
“It gave them a vision.”
After falling behind 1-0 in the fourth minute, KR rallied with goals from junior Peyton Chick in the 27th minute, senior Kennedy Anson in the 49th and Olivia VanderJagt in the 75th. Anson and VanderJagt’s tallies came on corner-kick headers set up by Maya Gutierrez.
As a result, the Chargers are the new No. 1 in the Class 4A state rankings at 2-0 until proven otherwise.
“We knew that we would have a solid team, but we don’t really know what our opponents are and what their strengths are,” said Rolfs, who retains five starters from 2013. “Just being able to match up with Skyline, gave them a little confidence that maybe they can compete this year all the way through the state tournament.”
KR lost just four seniors off its South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division championship squad. It marked the first league/division title banner in the sport since the school opened its doors in 1968.
The Chargers are hoping to avoid being bounced in the first round of state and end a run of three straight first-round exits.
KR lost to Inglemoor 1-0 last season, Mead of Spokane 3-1 in 2012 and Skyline 1-0 in 2011.
“That’s been frustrating,” Rolfs said.
Another year of experience should serve the Chargers well in their postseason quest.
“We have more seasoned goalkeepers this season after starting a freshman and sophomore last season,” said Rolfs, who has junior Sophia Salle and sophomore Shaylin Yokers splitting time in the net. “They’ve really worked on their game and they are improved.”
Skyline has won four of the last six 4A state titles, finishing as champions in 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008.
The Chargers can feel confident that the Skyline program is a good measuring stick.
“They are always a good opponent,” Rolfs said. “I scheduled [Skyline] last year, because I really wanted to see what we were going to do. They’re always strong.”
Reaching Win No. 100
Darren Brown reached milestone win No. 100 as head coach of the Mount Si girls soccer team his Wildcats’ 2-0 nonleague win over Kamiak on Sept. 11.
In his 12th season, Brown is now 101-63-22 leading the North Bend school’s program.
Older brother’s program tops sister’s program
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Lakeside girls soccer team handed Shorecrest a 4-0 loss in its season opener.
The underlying theme was older brother vs. younger sister in a Class 3A nonleague match.
The Derrek Falor-coached Lions got the best of the Mindy Dalziel-coached Scots, meaning older brother Falor earned bragging rights until the next time the two teams meet.
Falor, former head coach of the Cleveland State University women’s soccer program, took over the Lions this fall. His sister, Dalziel, has coached at Shorecrest for many years.
Facing off with No. 1 in the nation
The Issaquah girls soccer team scheduled a very tough nonconference preseason schedule this fall.
The opposition doesn’t figure to get any tougher than on Saturday. That’s when the Eagles (3-1-0) travel to Northern California to face off with Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., ranked No. 1 nationally in the Top Drawer Soccer Fab 50.
Issaquah is ranked No. 25 in the Fab 50.
Around the Area
One team from Washington state – Skyline of Sammamish at No. 9 — remained in the Top 25 of the national rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Below is the NSCAA’s opening Sept. 9 poll:
Three teams from Washington state start in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Skyline at No. 2 and Central Valley of Spokane at No. 10 and followed by Issaquah at No. 12. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Sept. 9:
Two teams from Washington state – Skyline at No. 4 and Issaquah at No. 25 – remain in the Fall FAB 50 High School Girls Soccer Rankings from Sept. 9 put out by www.topdrawersoccer.com :