Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography Skyline Spartans junior Julia Mitchell makes a move up the field against the Eastlake Wolves. Skyline defeated Eastlake 4-0 on Sept. 21 in Sammamish.

Spartans shutout Wolves to stay undefeated

Domination is a word that is often utilized quite frequently in the world of sports at all levels.

The Skyline Spartans girls soccer team have proved themselves to be the definition of “dominant” thus far this season. Skyline improved its overall record to 6-0 with a convincing 4-0 win against the rival Eastlake Wolves on Sept. 21 at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Eastlake dropped to 3-2-1 with the loss. Skyline forward Bella Roni scored a game-high two goals in the victory. Arabella Calvert-Lee and senior defender Mariah Alexander each recorded a goal apiece as well. Skyline goalie Annie Taylor recorded the shutout between the posts. The Spartans have outscored their opponents 19-1 during the 2017 season. Skyline head coach Don Braman couldn’t had been more impressed with his team’s overall performance following the game.

“The defense played really great. Annie (Taylor) made an awesome save for us. She dove to her lower left (side) and just dives to keep the ball out. That is a goal in a lot of games,” Braman said of the save. “Annie did such a phenomenal job for us tonight. She deserves a big chunk of the credit.”

The longtime Skyline head coach wasn’t only impressed with the defense, he credited his team’s offense for putting consistent pressure on the Wolves throughout the entire night.

“It was nice to see Mariah (Alexander) get a goal right at the end. She headed it once off the bar and then smashed it on the rebound. You don’t see that very often,” Braman said with a smile. “Her tenacity has been great and her leadership in the back (defender position) is phenomenal.”

Braman credited Roni and Calvert-Lee for converting goal scoring opportunities.

“She is wonderfully opportunistic and that is always what you want in a forward. She just smashed one of them (goals) in. It was excellent to see her take a touch to the middle of the field, look and see she had a chance and score the goal,” Braman said of Roni.

Calvert-Lee scored her first goal of the season against the Wolves.

“She just crushed the ball. It richoted off of a girl and into the goal. That was a great first goal of the season for her,” he said.

Eastlake head coach Marc Wilson remained upbeat despite the setback against Skyline.

“There is a lot of soccer left to play. It’s the sixth game of the year and we’re still figuring some things out a little bit. We gave up a couple of unfortunate goals to be perfectly honest. They (Skyline) got the momentum. They earned the result tonight,” Wilson said of Skyline. “We’ll see them in about four weeks at our place again.”

Braman thinks the 2017 Spartans soccer squad has a chance to be special.

“I appreciate the work the girls put in. They listen and understand there are reasons why we do things and if they don’t understand they ask questions and we make adjustments. There is a lot of work that goes into it on their part. What makes me the proudest as a coach is to watch the way the seniors and juniors bring the new players into the fold. They were there once and they teach them how to watch a game, how to support their teammates,” Braman said. “To be part of something like that is absolutely phenomenal.”

More in Sports

Issaquah Eagles 2019 graduate Cooper Thieme will attend Montana State University this fall. Thieme, who will not continue his baseball career in college, plans on majoring in mechanical engineering. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Thieme will always cherish final season of high school baseball

Issaquah 2019 grad Cooper Thieme reflects on final season on the diamond.

Goucher to host summer baseball camp on Eastside

Former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout Steve Goucher will conduct… Continue reading

Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez, left, and Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone, right, collaborated on a book titled, “Edgar: An Autobiography.” Martinez and Stone attended a book signing on June 12 at Barnes Noble in Bellevue. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Legendary Mariner meets a plethora of fans

Edgar Martinez visits Bellevue Barnes & Noble to promote his book.

Issaquah Eagles football player Solomon Hawkins (No. 45) gives maximum effort in the broad jump on June 3 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Eagles conduct combine in anticipation of the 2019 season

New head football coach Josh Brookshire implements his mode of operation immediately.

Issaquah Eagles senior Taiga Crenshaw (pictured) earned first-team, all league honors as a midfielder during the 2019 season. Crenshaw will continue his soccer career at Loyola University Chicago next season. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Eagles soccer squad collects bevy of awards

Issaquah boys soccer team advanced to 4A state quarterfinals this spring.

Tami Reese, who previously was the head volleyball coach at Ballard High School for 20 seasons, is the new varsity head coach of the Issaquah Eagles volleyball squad. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Reese will lead the Issaquah volleyball program

Former Ballard Beavers head coach lands head-coaching position at Issaquah.

Issaquah Eagles sophomore hurdler Matt Wilkinson finished in first place in the 300 hurdles at the 4A KingCo track championships with a time of 39.85. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Wilkinson captures first-place finish in 300 hurdles

Sophomore is proving himself on the track.

Issaquah Eagles senior Sam Griffith earned first place in the 800 at 2019 4A KingCo track championships at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Griffith earns first place in the 800

Issaquah senior finishes in top spot.

Issaquah Eagles sophomore Julia David-Smith captured first place at the 2019 KingCo Championships in the 4A girls 3,200 with a time of 10:59.05 on May 8 at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. David-Smith also earned a first-place finish in the 1,600 with a time of 5:00.37. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
David-Smith cruises to first place finishes in the 3,200 and 1,600

Issaquah distance runner continues to dominate.

Issaquah Eagles leadoff hitter Tyler Reese (pictured at the plate) prepares for a pitch unveiled by Jackson freshman pitcher Dominic Hellman in the top of the first inning. Issaquah defeated Jackson, 5-2, in a loser-out, 4A Wes-King playoff game on May 8 at Everett Memorial Stadium. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Resilient Eagles stay alive with triumph in loser-out game

Issaquah’s Jack Githens’ three-RBI double in the top of fourth was crucial.

Issaquah senior forward Gavin Herman battles with a Skyline player in front of the goal. Issaquah defeated Skyline, 3-1, to keep its season alive on May 7. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Eagles defeat Spartans in loser-out game

Issaquah earns clutch victory.

Josh Brookshire, who coached for the past two seasons for the College of Idaho Yotes football program, was hired as the Issaquah Eagles head football coach on April 19. Photo courtesy of Josh Brookshire
Leader of the birds

Josh Brookshire lands Issaquah Eagles head football coaching position.