Can you say ... Deines-ty? Issaquah midfielder Kate Deines scored the winning goal in the 71st minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 victory over...
LAKEWOOD — Can you say … Deines-ty?
Issaquah midfielder Kate Deines scored the winning goal in the 71st minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 victory over Seattle Prep for their second straight Class 3A championship Saturday night at Harry Lang Stadium.
Deines, a Washington recruit, received a pass along the left side from substitute Kristen Maris and fired a left-footed shot past Panthers goalkeeper Kelsey Blais off the inside of the post from 15 yards.
“It’s kind of a cherry on top,” Deines said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this season.”
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The Eagles (19-0-1) have won the title three of the past four years, beating the Panthers (17-3-3) in the last two finals.
“This is the best one. I don’t know why, but it is,” said coach Tom Bunnell, who gets to shave a beard he has been growing since the start of the playoffs.
Seattle Prep finished runner-up for the second year in a row, missing the first state championship in girls soccer in school history by the narrowest of margins.
“This is one of my proudest moments as a coach,” said Seattle Prep’s Andrew Hendricks. “The game could’ve gone either way.”
In a back-and-forth first half, neither team created many scoring chances. Until Deines’ winner, her 22nd goal of the season, both teams hadn’t scored since the quarterfinals.
“It’s been a phenomenal run that we’ve had,” said Bunnell, whose team hasn’t lost in two years.
Saturday’s final was the 12th time in 13 years that at least one Sea-King District team has been in the final. King County teams have won nine titles in that time.
Both teams advanced to the championship game via penalty shootout in the semifinals. Seattle Prep, in fact, won three shootouts in the state tournament to get to the title game.
“We didn’t want it to go to overtime,” Deines said. “We wanted to finish it off.”
Last year, Issaquah beat Prep 4-1 behind two early goals. That wasn’t the case Saturday, as the Panthers had just as many scoring chances as their competitors. But Bunnell didn’t mind having a closer match.
“The whole thing was a battle, but it’s great. It’s fun,” Bunnell said. “It’s a great character test for the girls.”
Hendricks was also encouraged by the close game.
“Last year we lost 4-1 to them,” he said. “This year, they knew we were in a game.”
Issaquah ended the season on a 14-game winning streak. The only blemish on its record was a 0-0 tie with Bellevue in September.
Holy Names 2,
West Valley (Yakima) 1
Alicia Patten and Erin Dallman scored second-half goals in a come-from-behind victory for the Cougars (13-4-5), who earned a trophy for the second time in as many state appearances; they won in 1999.
The Rams (21-2) took the lead on a Brittany Franks goal in the 25th minute, but Dallman converted a Tatiana Shefts’ corner kick in the 58th minute and Patten scored on a free-kick five minutes later.