Eagles dominate Falcons on the soccer pitch

Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Issaquah Eagles senior forward Mariah Van Halm scored a game-high four goals against the Woodinville Falcons in a Class 4A KingCo matchup on Sept. 7 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah.

The Issaquah Eagles girls soccer team had waited more than 10 months for a rematch against the Woodinville Falcons.

Woodinville, who defeated Issaquah 3-1 in a winner-to-state, loser-out KingCo playoff game in November of 2016 denied the Eagles a berth in the Class 4A state tournament last season.

Issaquah avenged last year’s heartbreaking defeat, registering a convincing 8-1 win against Woodinville on Sept. 7 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. The Eagles improved their overall record to 2-0 with the victory. Issaquah head coach Tom Bunnell wasn’t surprised to see his team dominate its rival in the second game of the 2017 season.

“We were totally ready for the game. It was a lot for us to be excited about because last year they beat us twice and knocked us out (of playoffs),” Bunnell said. “It is such a great feeling to get a win against a really good team that will have an incredibly good season. They (Woodinville) are going to roll through the league I’m sure. It is just a great win.”

Issaquah senior forward Mariah Van Halm scored a game-high four goals in the win. Siarfo Abekah, Claudia Longo, Kate Wilkinson and Tori Wheeler each recorded a goal apiece as well. Van Halm credited her teammates for her epic performance.

“The whole team was just hyping me up. We had some great runs. It just happened tonight that I happened to be the open player but it really comes from everyone else just working,” Van Halm said.

Five different Eagles players scored goals against the Falcons. Issaquah consistently made the extra pass which resulted seven assists on eight of their goals scored. Abekah and Sean Eaton each had two assists apiece. Wilkinson, Van Halm and Jamie Kim each chipped in one assist as well. Van Halm said the Eagles roster is blessed with an abundance of depth at every position on the field.

“Other teams think they have us figured out and we just have another player who makes big plays. It is so nice. There is not one player that I don’t trust on this team,” Van Halm said. “We’re trying to take it one game at a time but we have big goals.”

Bunnell concurred with Van Halm’s assessment.

“The depth of our team is incredible. We had the starters off the field 20 minutes into the game and then the next group comes in like a line shift. There are so many focal points on our team that its hard for other teams to figure out who they are going to pay attention to,” Bunnell said. “They are all supporting each other, having a good time and are working hard. It is just a complete group and they are bonded together which in high school sports is so important. They are buying in and are a great soccer team. It is really fun to coach a team that executes what we’re trying to do.”

More in Sports

Glad to be on board the local sports scene

Fall sports are on the horizon.

Sights set on college

Three former ISC Gunners commit to play college soccer.

Soccer battle at Crossfire Select Cup

Issaquah-based ISC Gunners FC players compete against Redmond-based Crossfire Select (donning stripes)… Continue reading

Sportswriter Shaun Scott interviews an Issaquah Eagles girls soccer player Sarah Kim during the 2018 season. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Thanks for the memories, Issaquah

Sportswriter Shaun Scott leaves Sound Publishing after 59 months on the job.

Eastlake ready to compete in Junior League Softball World Series

District 9 champs will play the Philippines in opener in Kirkland.

Peacocks roam the neighborhood of Beards Cove in sportswriter Shaun Scott’s childhood hometown of Belfair. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Running alongside a beautiful creature

Peacocks roam the streets of the neighborhood I grew up in.

Doug Crandall (pictured in the black Nike sweatshirt) was hired as the new Issaquah Eagles girls basketball head coach in late May. Crandall is pictured with his wife Stephanie and children Timmy, Jason, John and Mackenzie while attending the state track meet at Mount Tahoma High School in late May. Photo courtesy of the Crandall family
Crandall will lead the Eagles girls basketball program

Former head coach Kathy Gibson will be Issaquah’s varsity assistant coach.

Issaquah Eagles boys basketball player Charlie Dietiker (No. 32) corrals a rebound against the Skyline Spartans during the 2018-19 season. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
Eagles are sharpening their hardwood skills this summer

Issaquah boys basketball team looking to build on stellar 2018-19 season.

Issaquah to host Sports Medicine Combine

Lake Sammamish State Park will be the site of an exciting extravaganza.

Emily Day, left, and Kelley Larsen, right, battle it out at the net during the women’s championship match at 2019 AVP Seattle Open on June 23 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Photo courtesy of Robert Beck
Larsen/Stockman capture a coveted title

Doubles team earns its first championship together.

Jeremy Casebeer blocks a shot attempt by Taylor Crabb during the 2019 AVP Seattle Open men’s championship match on June 23 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Photo courtesy of Robert Beck
Casebeer/Schalk capture a championship

Dominant doubles duo hoists a trophy.