Skyline tops Issaquah in KingCo overtime thriller

Skyline tops Issaquah in KingCo overtime thriller

It’s a winner. Lindsey Fujiwara celebrates after Alessandra Zonta’s goal gives Skyline an overtime victory over KingCo archrival Issaquah. (Dale Garvey)

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.

Match Photos by Dale Garvey 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.”

A penalty kick was the call after this play was whistled to a stop. (Dale Garvey)
There’s a red card about to be shown that would change the match. (Dale Garvey)

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