Celebrations are in order this Friday as the Skyline Women’s Soccer team will be recognized for winning the 5th Soccer State Championship in the last 11 years. Please join us around 7:45 in the Skyline Gymnasium between basketball games to recognize the team.
The Spartans’ route to the Championship was a lesson in resilience. After starting slow, the Spartans finished strong with an 11-1 record in the second half of the season. In the last month of the season, they played 9 games, posted seven shutouts, scored 28 goals while only conceding two, and won seven straight loser-out games to claim the title.
In the final weekend – the State Championship Tournament – they won by shutting out KingCo rivals Issaquah in the State
Semifinal with Senior Captain Maddie Butz feeding a 40-yard pass to Taylor Beckmeyer. A minute after entering the game in the 24th minute, Taylor had put the Spartans ahead with what would be the only goal of the game. After the goal, the Spartan defense buckled down and withstood the Issaquah barrage to post their sixth shutout of the postseason. Check out Matt Massey’s article in the Seattle Times to get a sense of what it meant to these girls.
In the State Final, Skyline faced a Camas team with eyes on the trophy. Camas had advanced to the State Final with two goals in the dying minutes of their Semifinal vs. Central Valley. Given that Skyline lost to CV in October, Camas was the favorite to win the final. Cherishing the underdog role, the Spartans came to play.
After conceding a goal just four minutes from halftime, Skyline didn’t flinch. Senior
Captain Daniella Roni pushed the attack earning a free kick. When the free kick was cleared wide by Camas, Senior Captain Saskia Slater scored off of the ensuing corner to tie the game just seconds from the halftime whistle.
In the second half, Skyline notched a second goal from Saskia Slater on an opportunity created by the hard work of Bella Calvert Lee.
Skyline then had to work together to make sure that Camas couldn’t recreate the magic from their win over CV. It took a tenacious effort from the Skyline back line and contributions from the whole squad as they defended their lead.
The final whistle couldn’t come soon enough for the girls who had earned the win in the State’s biggest game. Hopefully, you saw the Seattle Times Article and the great photos by Rebekah Welch. If you missed the game, here’s a few clips from the State Finals and the Columbian article.
Thanks to Tedesco Photography for all the great photos.