Girls soccer: Friday's Olympia-Issaquah 4A state semifinal at a glance

OlympianNovember 21, 2013 

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Olympia players erupt as the Bears win a shootout 5-3 over the Inglemoor Vikings during Friday night's girls soccer state playoff game at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia on Nov. 15, 2013. The teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation and two overtimes before deciding the match in a shootout.

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WIAA Class 4A girls soccer championships

At Sparks Stadium, Puyallup

Friday’s 4A state semifinals

Central Valley (16-1-1) vs. Mead (17-3-1), 6 p.m.

Olympia (15-3-2) vs. Issaquah (14-4-1), 8 p.m.

 

Saturday’s games

Third/fourth-place game, noon

State championship game, 4 p.m.

 

Olympia stat worthy: F Jenna Killman, fr., 14 goals, 10 assists; GK Sophie Kabel, soph., 8 goals against, 13 shutouts. 

Issaquah stat worthy: F Devan Talley (14 goals), MF Annie Hoffman (seven assists).

 

The lowdown: The youthful Bears were the 4A Narrows’ runner-up and making their first state semifinal appearance since playing for the state title in 1995. Defense -- led by 4A Narrows MVP Megan Spataro -- comes first for the Bears, who have only allowed 11 goals all season. Should the game go into a shootout, the Bears might have an advantage; three of their four postseason games have resulted in shootout victories. Tradition-rich Issaquah has played in six state title games since 2004, winning titles in 04 and back-to-back in ‘06 and ‘07. The Eagles finished third in the KingCo, but upended defending state champion and rival Skyline in a shootout last week to reach the semifinals. Hoffman (Boise State) and Rachel Wheeler (Kentucky) are Division I-bound players.

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