The Eagles (3-1-1) secured a 1-1 tie with the top-ranked team in the country, Maria Carrillo of Santa Rose, Calif., on the road Saturday afternoon on the Pumas’ home field.
Maria Carrillo (7-0-1), ranked No. 1 in both the Top Drawer Soccer Fab 50 and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) co-No. 1, entered having outscored opponents 38-1 prior to Saturday’s match against Issaquah, ranked No. 25 in the Fab 50 poll.
The Pumas still own a 57-match unbeaten streak, but Issaquah came out earning the country’s respect and helped enhance the reputation of girls soccer in Washington state.
“I am proud of our effort,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said. “Every girl stepped on the field and contributed. It was a great experience for us to prove that our conference and the schools in our state can hang with what people consider the best.
“It’s obvious we all are all right there with them. It would’ve been fun to win the game, but the result was fair and the experience was fantastic.”
The two teams went scoreless in 20 minutes of overtime soccer.
Issaquah took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute on an Annie Hoffman goal. Maria Carrillo’s top player, Madison Gonzalez, a Santa Clara commit, tied the score 1-1 in the 37th minute.
The two teams battled scoreless in the second half and two 10-minute overtime periods with both teams having chances and saves from their goalkeepers.