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Eatslake vs Skyline - Game Recap

The Eastlake Wolves edge out their 4A rivals the Skyline Spartans 8-7 in another epic match at Skyline High School as they remain undefeated in their conference at 5-0. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

It’s never a boring game when these two teams take the field as they traded blows throughout the match staying toe-to-toe with each other down to the final minutes. Eastlake came out strong in the first quarter securing 3 goals to Skylines lone goal at the beginning of the game. The Spartans won the second quarter with 3 goals of their own to Eastlake’s two making it a 5-4 game in the Wolves favor.

Both teams on defense tightened up in the second half only allowing a goal on both sides for the entirety of the third quarter. Once the fourth quarter started, Spartan senior midfielder Kellen Hoke (3g) opened with a very fast goal within the first 30 seconds, the second unassisted goal for him on the night. As the teams reset to face-off, Hoke built off his current momentum and secured his hat-trick to put his team the lead at 7-6. With Eastlake on their heels, they needed a quick response as they were about to let this victory slip away.

The Wolves never gave up on this game as the proved to be one the most tenacious teams in the state by holding off multiple shots from Skyline and finding two more goals to retake the lead. Skyline kept on the pressure but was never able to find the back of the cage as Eastlake sophomore goalie Isaac Morse (0.667% save) put on another impressive performance with 14-of-21 shots saved making a large contribution to their teams 8-7 win over Skyline.

“We’ve been battling adversity all year, obviously we lost our starting goalie but our defense has been playing outstanding.” said Eastlake Head Coach Chris O’Dougherty. “We went down to our third string goalie for spring break, made our defense a little bit stronger but then Isaac stepped up today and he’s definitely earned the spot as our starter. The guys are banding around him to be our starter for the next couple years.”

O’Dougherty was beaming with pride for his team as they have overcome some unfortunate circumstances to their goalie position but have found a true player and future leader in the young sophomore. Morse currently is leading his conference in save percentage with a very impressive 0.627% average in 192 minutes of play. Losing senior goalie Carter Randal has been tough but one thing is certain, O’Dougherty has a bright future with this defense.

Although they walked away with a victory in this game, O’Dougherty is aware they will likely face their longtime rivals in the playoffs down the stretch. He put an emphasis on how well Hoke played for Skyline and strung together 3 goals of his own against his defense, his plan is to find an answer for Hoke if they want to have a repeat championship year.

Skyline remains in the second ranked position in their conference but now sits two games behind Eastlake as they move to 3-2 and gear up to host Juanita this Tuesday. Eastlake holds onto their top ranked spot in the 4A KingCo conference as they move to 5-0 and prepare to travel to Bellevue High School next Wednesday. O’Dougherty will look to have some revenge from last year where they fell to the mighty Wolverines 8-4 late in March.

Story by Michael Thornbloom

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