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Pirate soccer ends season with loss

Midfielder Anna Jones sends the ball past Seattle Christian defender Kimberly Howard. - Rik Forschmiedt photo
Midfielder Anna Jones sends the ball past Seattle Christian defender Kimberly Howard.
— image credit: Rik Forschmiedt photo

The 2009 soccer season ended for the Vashon High School girls on Saturday.

After three games in four days, hours on the bus and game stoppages for thunder and lightning, The Pirates came up one goal short.

On Wednesday Vashon traveled north to Mount Vernon to meet Meridian in the first round of the Tri-District playoffs. Vashon struck quickly. Teal Sigler connected on a corner kick in the fifth minute, and Carlyle Scott followed two minutes later with another corner.

Sigler got a goal on a breakaway in the 75th minute then fed the ball to Cat Amick for a 79th-minute goal.

Sophie Nespor and the solid Vashon defense earned the shutout.

Meridian is a young team with a lot of talent while Vashon had 10 seniors on the playing roster.

Friday’s game against Overlake at Kings High School in North Seattle was delayed by almost an hour to wait out a thunderstorm that hit about 10 minutes before the scheduled kickoff. Players are not allowed on the pitch until a half hour after the last lightning or thunder.

Most of the game was played in a driving rain. Overlake’s Allison Risa scored early in the first half, then more lightning forced a half-hour stoppage midway in the half.

The Pirates held the Owls scoreless for the remainder of the first period, but Risa got three more goals in the second half, advancing the Owls to State and forcing the Pirates to return to Kings on Saturday for a loser-out game with Seattle Christian.

During the regular season, the Warriors had twice beaten the Pirates by three-goal margins, and the two teams were playing for the sixth and final seed to State. Vashon had won two playoff games in shootouts, and before this game the Warrior coaches said they didn’t want to get into a shootout.

The Warriors struck first when Jordan Fremmerllid got a goal in the 13th minute on a cross from Terrika Weaver. Weaver left the game after colliding with Pirate goalkeeper Nespor, but came back in the second half to get an unassisted goal in the 56th minute.

The Pirates came back with numerous chances, but couldn’t quite finish until the 69th minute. Sigler sent a corner kick from the left side high to the near post. Warrior keeper Hannah Kane got her hands on the ball but couldn’t hang on.

Sigler, Cat Amick, Lena deGuzman and the rest of the Pirates kept up the attack but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The 2-1 win sent Seattle Christian to State as the sixth from the Tri-District. The Warriors were to face Kings, the top seed from the Tri-District, in a Tuesday or Wednesday game.

— Rik Forschmiedt, a former Beachcomber sports editor, writes a blog about Vashon sports. Read his latest posts at blogs.vashonbeachcomber.com/fromthesidelines.

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