Patriots ousted from playoffs

December 9, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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By Jim Feehan


The third time was the charm for the Sammamish High School girls soccer team. The Totems defeated Liberty High School 2-0 in the first round of the KingCo 3A tournament Nov. 4. 

In September, the two teams played to a 1-1 tie at Sammamish. The following month, Liberty shut out Sammamish at home, 3-0, behind two goals and an assist by senior forward Anna Skutley.

But Sammamish would not be denied, as the Totems scored two second-period goals to shut out Liberty in their third game.

“I thought we had more opportunities and we didn’t capitalize on them. They had a few and they capitalized on them,” said Liberty coach Darren Tremblay.

In the 50th minute, Dani Blanchard scored the first goal with an assist by Anna Geldenhuys. With seven minutes remaining in the match, Geldenhuys scored the Totems’ second goal with an assist from Shannon Scott.

Each team had five shots on goal. In the 30th minute, Liberty’s Cassidy Nangle had a shot on goal go over the crossbar. Nangle had another shot fly over the cross bar with about two minutes left before half time. In the closing minute of the match, Sammamish goalkeeper Kyra Lindstrom caught a direct shot on goal by Liberty’s sophomore midfielder Sara DuVall.

Following the game, Tremblay told the players not to dwell on the match and to consider the squad’s achievements this season.

“Keep your heads up and be proud of what you’ve accomplished,” he said. 

Liberty won its final five matches in the regular season to finish second to Mount Si High School in the KingCo 3A league with a 7-3-2-conference record, 9-4-3 overall. 

“Last year, we were 5-9-2,” Tremblay said. “To finish 9-4-3 is a great turn around with a great group of kids. To have the season we had — I can’t say enough about the girls.” 

Eleven Liberty players earned All-KingCo 3A League honors. Nangle and Anna Skutley were named first-team selections to the All KingCo 3A girls’ soccer squad. 

Nangle, a freshman, led the Patriots with eight goals this season, including all three goals in the 3-2 victory Oct. 16 against Mercer Island. Skutley, a senior, had seven goals for the Patriots. 

Senior defender Krissa Gunderson, freshman midfielder Kimi Fry, sophomore midfielder Sara DuVall and senior midfielders Rayssa Lira and Nicole Newbury earned second-team All KingCo 3A honors. Freshman Shannon Daly, junior Chelsea Noonan and seniors, Monica Cramer and Anna Freeman made the honorable mention team.

Despite losing eight seniors from the team, the Patriots will see 10 players return from a C team that went 12-1 and a junior varsity squad that went 10-2-2.

“We got some players coming up,” Tremblay said.

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