The Issaquah Eagles girls soccer team knew it had doubters heading into the 2018 season.
The Eagles, who captured the Class 4A state championship during the 2017 season, graduated 15 seniors off of the varsity team this past June. The Eagles came into the 2018 season with a chip on their shoulder.
It has paid off.
Issaquah finished the 2018 regular season with an overall record of 9-1-2. Issaquah senior goalie Chloe Lang, who was the starting keeper on the 2017 state championship squad, said her team was determined to prove the doubters wrong.
“Going into the season, we didn’t have a lot of doubt but it was more of people had doubt against us. They thought Issaquah isn’t going to be that great because they lost 15 seniors. Our mentality was we’re a great soccer program and we’re going to show them wrong,” Lang said.
With the playoffs right around the corner, Lang is confident her squad will rise to the occasion.
“The playoffs is just such a fun time. It all kind of happens really fast. Throughout the season, you get to know each other as a team but when the playoffs come that is when you really find your rhythm. I’m really excited and stoked for the playoffs,” Lang explained.
Lang relishes her role as vocal leader of the defense.
“Leading can definitely be challenging with all of the noise going around. Sometimes they don’t hear you and there is a miscommunication. Being a goalie is just a huge mental game. I have learned that a lot over the years. It is definitely an important factor,” Lang said.
Recently the Issaquah Reporter had an opportunity to ask Lang a few questions about her life away from the soccer field.
Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Chloe Lang: I would have to say, “The Proposal.” It is pretty funny. It is one of those movies that I can just watch any time of the year.
IR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
CL: This is kind of random but the sound of when a fork scratches a plate. I just don’t like that.
IR: Who was your idol growing up?
CL: My mom. She is a very strong woman. She has been battling Lyme disease for the past five years. Having a chronic disease is hard for her but seeing her fight through that has really stood out to me.
IR: What is your favorite restaurant in Issaquah?
CL: I really like Las Margaritas, Panera Bread and Chipotle.
IR: What is your dream vacation spot?
CL: I have always wanted to go to the Philippines because I’m part Filipino. I have always wanted to do a mission there. It is a really pretty country.
IR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?
CL: The Seattle Sounders and the Seattle Seahawks.