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Issaquah vs. Skyline - Game Recap

The Skyline Spartans (7-1) end their regular season with a tough 12-9 win against their KingCo rivals the Issaquah Eagles (2-6) simultaneously breaking a losing streak dating back to 2011 on Friday night at Skyline High School.

The Eagles kept their rivals on their heels throughout the game keeping the deficit low through the first three quarters. Skyline never relinquished the lead and outplayed them in the second half by a few goals leading up to their decisive 12-9 victory.

Spartan senior midfielder William Cespedes (14g, 4a), senior attackman Conner Hoke (27g, 4a) and senior attackman Nolan Eggert (22g, 11a) finished the game with three goals each making up 75% of their final score. Hoke finishes the regular season with the most goals in the 4A KingCo conference.

Issaquah senior midfielder Trey DeTolla (6g, 2a) had his biggest game of the season with five goals and an assist in their defeat to Skyline. He had a goal in all but the third quarter as he quickly became a threat to the Spartan’s chances at a win.

Skyline came out hot securing the first two goals in five minutes before the Eagle’s could get on the board. Eggert got his team’s third goal, and his second, almost immediately after Issaquah got their first. A 3-1 disparity is never ideal when beginning a game with your rivals but DeTolla snuck a buzzer beater while sandwiched between two Spartan players to keep the score at a more comfortable 3-2 going into the second.

The game got hot in the second quarter as it was the highest scoring quarter of the game with seven total from both sides. The Spartans long-stick midfielder Will Carson opened up with a goal in the middle of Issaquah subbing to put them back two goals ahead.

DeTolla put on some moves for another goal as an obvious trend in scoring was emerging. The Spartans would put up two more before the Eagles put up two of their own chomping at Skyline’s heels the whole half to end it at 7-5 Skyline.

The second half was rough on Issaquah as they found it increasingly hard to clear and get to the crease for any good looks in the cage. Skyline carried their momentum like a freight train putting up two goals for every one the Eagles got.

The Spartans walked into the fourth quarter with their largest lead of the game at 11-7. DeTolla put together a couple really nice goals in the final quarter to put them back in two-goal reach but ultimately fell short at 12-9.

These two have been playing each other for years and the last time Skyline won this match-up was 2011. With a very successful season and a new stadium, the Spartans were ready to for them.

“It’s a rivalry game, we came into that expecting it. You can never come into a game expecting to blow somebody out.” Head coach Sam Hutson said. “They definitely kept us on our heels and it was a good competitive match-up, hats off to them for showing up.”

Skyline made it to the second round last year losing to Bainbridge 14-9. The competition is intense on this stage and Hutson has a few ideas of how they can be successful this year.

“It’s a whole new season now. We are on the second part of our season, we’ll definitely have a lot of things to clean up defensively and we’re going to look to add a couple new wrinkles to our offensive game.”

Issaquah ends their season 2-6 as they barely squeezed into the playoffs this year where they will face Tahoma (12-0) on Friday night in the first round. Skyline ranks number one in the 4A KingCo conference with a 7-1 record as they will play Richland (7-1) on Saturday.

Story my Michael Thornbloom.

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