Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber


Soccer team shows resilience but is taken down at playoffs

November 7, 2012 · Updated 4:30 PM

Pirates Emily Brown, right, and Madelyn McEachern battle for possession as the Pirates fight to the end of their tri-district game against the Northwest School. / Rik Forschmiedt Photo/RiksImages.com

Vashon’s varsity girls soccer season wrapped up last Tuesday night with a 4-0 loss to The Northwest School.

At the Tuesday night playoff game at Sammamish High School, the Northwest team started quickly with two early goals before the Pirates were able to get their footing. Vashon fought back with several runs into the attacking third, but was rebuffed by good defense and some bad luck.

The team’s heart and fortitude were apparent all night as several girls played through injury and the players never let up despite the score.

The Pirates end their season with a respectable 10-7 record.

The future of Vashon’s girls team looks bright as they return three of their top four scorers next year, including team scoring leader, junior Lliralyn McEachern. She racked up 20 goals this season to place her third in the Nisqually League. Freshman Madelyn McEachern scored 10 goals, and sophomore Emily Brown made eight.

The Pirates will lose four-year starter Lena de Guzman — who made 12 goals — to graduation, among the departing seniors.

The entire starting defense and both keepers are expected to return next season, joined by a promising group of incoming freshmen that should bolster the Pirate lineup.


— Kelly McEachern


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