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"Lions roar over Spartans, 4-0Lakeside ended the Bainbridge girls' season in the first round at state."

"If you blinked, you might have missed the Lakeside girls' soccer team.The Lions were fast. Their shots were long, deep, accurate, at times coming seemingly out of nowhere.And at the end of 80 minutes Tuesday night at Seattle Memorial Stadium - much longer, certainly, for Bainbridge than for the Lions - Lakeside ended the Spartans' season in the opening round of the state 3A tournament with a 4-0 victory.The loss blocked Bainbridge (10-7-2) from breaking through into the second round of the state event for the third of four previous years.I felt privileged to get where we did, said senior defender Courtney Walker, one of eight departing 12th-graders from the Spartan squad. However, I felt we could have played better.The Lions' dominance was clear from the start. The Metro League champions (14-2-1), which featured two players from Bainbridge Island - sophomore forward Mallory Lobisser and senior defender Sarah Skinner - pinned the ball in Bainbridge's end from the beginning.They broke into the scoring column when Kelly Kosco launched a long arcing shot - from far beyond the penalty box - just over keeper Maegen Beattie's hands and into the right corner of the goal.Despite heroic efforts to clear the ball, particularly by Spartan sweeper Suzanne Fossum, the Lions widened their lead when senior Eve Russell made a sudden pivot on her defender and seared a quick flick of a shot into the left post from 20-plus yards out.Kosco added her second goal off a Lakeside corner kick - the Lions got eight corners to Bainbridge's two - to give the Lions an insurmountable 3-0 by halftime.Russell added a rimshot to her team's effort on a searing ground-level scooter to the left post in the 60th minute - Lakeside's first goal after Spartan keeper Lisa Earnest made six straight scrambling saves to start the second half.The Lions outshot Bainbridge 14-2, with Bainbridge not getting a chance until sophomore midfielder Lindsey Carlson's light left-footer from 15 yards out in the 62nd minute of play. Adriana Gonzales-Medina got a shot in the final minutes off a blocked attempt from Crisma Biggs, but Lions keeper Allison Myers made the save.That first goal just shocked us, Walker said. We hadn't been shot on like that from the midfield all season.She added: It was a real heartbreak for me because every year we thought that we were going to be the team to break past that opening mark at state and move past.Walker, along with Earnest, Beattie, defenders Alice Bischoff, Sarah Fowler, Anna-Lisa Breiland, midfielder Lauren Hume and forward Suzanne Replinger, all played their final games in Spartan blue-and-gold.Those returning are confident that the mix of experienced veterans and the core of a talented junior varsity squad will keep the Spartans at a high level of play - even if a rumored moved to the Metro League next fall takes place.If the right JV players come up and we make a commitment to practice hard before and during the season, I think it will be a good season, junior midfielder Courtney McFarlane said. It all depends on how well we can mesh as a new team because everyone has the skills - we just need to put them together. "

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