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Eastlake vs. Skyline - 4A State Championship Recap

The Skyline Spartans fought off a hungry Eastlake Wolf pack for the 4A State Championship in a heated 9-7 game that was coming down to the wire at Starfire on may 27th.

Eastlake started out with explosive energy as they were nearly step-for-step with Skyline in the first half, to only trail by a couple goals at 6-4. They matched Skyline in goals for the final half but the Spartans first half lead was protected by their sheer will to bring home a state championship trophy.

Skyline senior midfielder William Cespedes (29g, 6a), senior attackman Conner Hoke (40g, 6a), and senior attackman Jack McCarthy (21g, 26a) combined for six goals in their win against the Wolves on Saturday.

Eastlake sophomore goalie Carter Randall was putting up a great fight for his team with a 60% save percentage by the end of the third quarter. Six different players had at least a goal in this game as they were looking for every opportunity to keep up with their rivals.

The first quarter was full of entertainment with three goals from Skyline and three from Eastlake resulting in a final brawl between teams on the field before quarter’s end. The Wolves defense was riding hard forcing Skyline to really work for that trophy.

Skyline put on a little more heat in the second quarter as they pressed repeatedly on the Wolve’s defense putting up three unanswered goals in the first six minutes. Eastlake’s energy only seemed to increase with each Spartan goal but their efforts turned into only one goal and three penalties effectively hurting their chances going into the final half 6-4.

The Spartans played had to play tough on defense as they had a nice lead going into the second half and Eastlake was obviously hungry. Eastlake had possession of the ball for the majority of the third quarter but still was only able to come away with one goal to the Spartan’s two. Without being able to gain on their opponent, Eastlake watched their very realistic chance slip away into the sunset.

This group of Spartan seniors put their blood sweat and tears into this program for the past four years to get to this moment, and head coach Sam Hutson couldn’t be more proud of them.

“It’s truly remarkable to see their resolve and their buy-in, into a program and what that earns you.” Hutson said. “When you come together in a community and trust each other as brothers, great things can happen.”

Great things definitely happened as they looked like a team that could have been anyone in the state. They are still the only Washington team to beat Eastside Catholic this year and now Hutson gets to showcase all their efforts leading up to this point.

Story by Michael Thornbloom

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