SAMMAMISH, WA— A rivalry match full of drama went the distance before a boisterous gathering on Thursday night at Skyline High School. A penalty kick before the final whistle allowed the Skyline Spartans back in the match, and then they won it 8 minutes into overtime, 2-1 over the Issaquah Eagles. See a Seattle Times match report here.
The Issaquah Press reports: Cameron Tingey converted the 77th-minute PK, sending the game to overtime, where Alessandra Zonta scored again for the host Spartans, lifting them to a 2-1 victory and past previously unbeaten Issaquah for the Class 4A KingCo Conference regular-season title on Oct. 22.
The rivals had already clinched berths in the KingCo tournament title game, but the rally assured the Spartans of home-field advantage in the rematch at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
Naturally, the two teams had differing opinions about the game-changing play.
“In my mind, there was no question,” Skyline coach Don Braman said of the decision to award a penalty kick, while acknowledging the harsh reality of Miller’s ejection. The senior will be suspended for the KingCo championship game.
“I’m super disappointed about that call,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said. “Games shouldn’t end like that.”