Eastlake tops No. 3 Skyline 2-0 for KingCo 4A crown
Playing at home, the Wolves beat the rival Spartans for the conference title to earn a first-round state playoff date at home.
Seattle Times staff reporter
SAMMAMISH — Michael Gallagher controlled the game from his defensive position because, according to Eastlake coach Adam Gervis, "that's what he does."
Sean Klauer scored two goals for the Wolves because "that's what he does." And James Gee set up those goals during Eastlake's 2-0 boys soccer victory over Skyline Tuesday in the KingCo 4A title game because, well, "that's what he does."
Playing on their home field against their fierce rivals, Gallagher, Klauer and Gee did exactly what Gervis expected, earning a home game for the Wolves (10-3-2) when they open the state playoffs next Tuesday.
"It's huge, definitely, especially on our home field," Klauer said. "We don't let them come in here and beat us."
After the game, considering the win came against the third-ranked Spartans (12-2-2), the celebration was subdued, a sign Eastlake has lofty expectations heading into state.
"They know they've got bigger fish to fry," Gervis said. "People have to come into our house now, and this is Fort Knox."
Leading up to the game, Klauer said he felt the excitement building at school and his friends and classmates showed up to support the Wolves. The senior said the atmosphere helped provide the inspiration that led to two first-half goals, one in the 13th minute and one in the 28th.
"It was adrenaline right there," Klauer said.
Gee created both scoring chances, the first coming on a touch right in front of the net that Klauer tucked inside the near post. On the second goal, Klauer knocked a ricochet into the net, the opportunity created after a shot from Gee.
"They're a strong team, and we knew we'd be in for a fight tonight," Skyline coach Don Braman said. "They took advantage when opportunities were presented to them tonight."
Garfield 5, Issaquah 2
On the day he was named Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, Garfield's Aaron Kovar had a goal and two assists to lead the Bulldogs past Issaquah. Ninth-ranked Garfield (14-2-1) will host a winner-to-state, loser-out game against the No. 3 WesCo 4A representative on Saturday. Josh Canova scored twice for the Bulldogs.
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