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.”