After a series of close losses in its series with rival Skyline, the Issaquah girls soccer team broke through Saturday, erasing a 1-0 deficit in the second half and winning on penalty kicks to earn a spot in next Friday’s semi-finals in Puyallup.
Jordan Branch found the back of the net to put Skyline up 1-0 in the first half off a Bianca Saint assist, and the Skyline defense made it stand up until Issaquah pulled even with less than 15 minutes remaining.
Each team got a stop when the match went to penalty kicks, but it was the Eagles who picked up the deciding save, taking advantage to eliminate Skyline in a rematch of this year’s conference title match and the state title contests from 2012 and 2009, all three won by the Spartans.
Issaquah moves on to face Olympia, which took care of Inglemoor 2-1 in another quarterfinal. That game is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup with the state championship match the following day. Central Valley beat Camas 7-0 to punch its semi-final ticket and will meet Mead, a 1-0 winner over Union, in the early match Friday at Sparks.