For the second time in as many weeks and with the conference title on the line, Skyline and Issaquah will meet in girls soccer in the latest installment of the conference’s most competitive rivalry.
A 1-0 Skyline win Oct. 24 gave them the top spot in the regular season standings and home field advantage for the title game tonight, which will match a pair of teams with only three losses and a pair of ties between them on the year.
Those stellar records owe in large part to a pair of defenses that have been exceptionally stingy throughout the year.
Issaquah had won its past eight games before falling to the Spartans and allowed only one goal in those eight games combined. For the year, only five teams scored a goal, none more than a single tally and the Eagles’ defense worked nine shutouts in 14 games on the year.
Skyline, which began the year with three goalkeepers with varsity experience, has been equally impressive in recording 10 shutouts and allowing only three goals on the season.
The winner tonight takes the automatic spot to the state tournament and the league title, along with local bragging rights, at least for the moment.
The loser of the championship game will face another KingCo foe for another automatic state berth, with the loser of that game playing the third place Wesco finisher for the district’s final spot at state.
Skyline’s only loss of the year came in late September to Woodinville in a 1-0 decision while the Eagles also fell to the Falcons by the same count.
The Spartans have made the semi-finals every year since 2008, never finishing lower than third and winning four state titles, including the past two. Issaquah has reached the championship game twice since 2009, falling to its district rivals each time by a single goal.
Eastlake dropped by Redmond
Eastlake ended its season in the opening round of the tournament Monday in a 2-0 loss to Inglemoor.
The Wolves finished the year with a record of 8-7-1.