Issaquah Girls Edge Past Puyallup in the State Quarterfinals

Ian Anderson, Staff Writer

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The Issaquah Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team snuck by Puyallup in a 1-0 nail biter. In the 24th minute Puyallup had a great chance, where the striker took the ball down very well, and sweetly hit a volley towards net, which forced Chloe Lang to make a great save. In the 50th minute Puyallup had an cross, which turned into a shot and rattled the crossbar before Issaquah could clear. Issaquah came back right away and in the next minute, Lea Tucker whipped in an excellent cross, which midfielder Jenna Wisler hit well on the volley, into the back of the net, putting the up Eagles 1-0. With one of the best chances of the game, Puyallup hit a free kick into the box, which forced Lang to save it onto the crossbar. The ball fell to a Puyallup player, who then proceeded to hit the crossbar, and Issaquah scrambled to clear.

While Puyallup dominated the chances, Issaquah dominated the time of possession, controlling the ball for most of the game. The Eagles themselves did not create many chances, but the chance they did create they took, and put it into the back of the net.

Following the game, Coach Kyle Tatro said that he was “happy with our performance today. We overcame great pressure and played our style of soccer. We got lucky a couple of times, but never gave up any real chances in the box.” He then proceeded to say, “I am so proud of the fight individuals demonstrated for the better of the team.”

The girls play next Friday at 8:00 pm, at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup against rival school Skyline. Captain Kate Wilkinson said, “It is great getting to play a team we know very well. It is going to be a really good test for our team to have an emotional state Semifinal with our biggest rivals, and I’m excited for the challenge it is going to bring. Captain Katie Sanders stated, “The Skyline-Issaquah rivalry is one of the best parts about playing high school soccer, so having the opportunity to play them again in such an important game is just the best.” This will not be a game you want to miss.