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Skyline women’s soccer secures second consecutive state championship

Published by
Meher Kashyap

The Skyline Spartans defended their women’s soccer state championship title against the Woodinville Falcons on Saturday, Nov 18. The day prior, the Spartans earned entry to the game after a decisive and lopsided 5-0 victory over the Issaquah Eagles.

The Spartans and Falcons both showed up ready to battle. Aggressive play was the theme of the day and kept both goalies, Syndey Seigel for the Spartans and Jordin Jones for the Falcons, on their toes as they prevented multiple shots from crossing the goal line. An arched close call by Spartans defender Ariana Ellison bounced off the Woodinville crossbar and brought the Skyline spectators to their feet in hopes of an early lead, setting the tone for the rest of the match.

In the tenth minute of the first half, the Spartans got their first corner kick as well as their first break when Rhen Ericson launched the ball over all the players to the far side of the goal where senior captain Ashley Roni waited for the perfect opportunity. With a swift snap of her neck, Roni headed the ball into the net, scoring the Spartans’ first goal.

Soon after, the Falcons were awarded a free kick, which gave Seigel a chance to show her talent. Using every inch of her length, she stretched across the goal to deflect the shot with just the tip of her finger, bringing the crowd to their feet while prompting a lengthy technique discussion from the commentator.

Despite several attempts on goal by Jillian McBride and Roni for the Spartans and Zoey Lavezzi and Kameron Wimsatt for the Falcons, the score remained 1-0 Spartans at halftime.

After a head shot early in the second half, officials pulled Lavezzi from play to check for head injuries. Bolstered by the threat of removal and cleared to play, Lavezzi returned more determined than ever. Teaming up with Kameron Wimsatt across the pitch, Lavezzi kicked the ball more than half the field away to Wimsatt who found herself undefended and kicked the ball into the net for a 1-1 tie.

As time ticked down, neither team could break the stalemate, forcing the game into not one but two overtime sessions, using the golden goal rule: The first team to score would win the game. Knowing the high stakes of one lucky shot, both teams employed big rainbow kicks to keep the ball from their end of the field, thwarting any risk of a goal.

After two scoreless overtime periods, officials resorted to a penalty shootout. The teams would alternate shots on goal, with up to five attempts per team or a win to the first to net four consecutive shots. The winner of the shootout would receive one additional point on the final score.

For the Falcons, Lucy Wimsatt and Sydney Scott each managed to get the ball into the net, but Seigel saved the next two attempts. The Spartans made four consecutive shots with a swish from Peyton Wilson and precision from Ericson, Roni, and Brooklyn Crandall.

After four back-to-back goals at the shootout, the Spartans won the tiebreaker and added the winning point to the board. With a 2-1 victory over Woodinville, Skyline claimed their second consecutive women’s soccer state championship title.

Meher Kashyap

Meher Kashyap attends Skyline High School and is part of the class of 2025. She is a sports reporter for the Sammamish Independent.

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