Timberwolves fall to Eagles in state quarterfinals | Girls soccer

Jackson captures its 4th straight district crown
By David Pan | Nov 17, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson celebrates winning its fourth straight district championship after beating Lake Stevens 5-4 on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Goddard Stadium.

The Jackson girls soccer team will have many fond memories of the 2017 season.

The Timberwolves won their fifth straight Wesco 4A title and fourth straight Northwest District championship.

Jackson opened play in the state tournament with a 4-0 victory over Union Tuesday, Nov. 7, but then saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 double overtime loss to Issaquah in a state quarterfinal contest Saturday, Nov. 11, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The Eagles scored the winning goal with about two minutes left in the second overtime period.

“It could have easily gone either way,” Wolfpack coach Sarah Smart said of the game. “It was tough.”

Issaquah scored off a scramble in front of the box.

“It went off several players,” Smart said. “The ball wasn’t cleared and found the net.”

Sophomore Katie Cheng gave the Timberwolves a 1-0 lead off an assist by sophomore Emma Rich about 10 minutes into the first half.

Smart told the players to focus on what a great season they had. Jackson ended up 15-3-0 overall.

“Everyone worked really hard. Everyone has a fun experience,” Smart said. “I know it (loss) was a heartbreaker. I know the season ended a little sooner than we hoped.

“It was a fun team … they were competitive and cohesive.”

The Timberwolves graduate seven seniors, including goalkeeper Kayleigh Sedlacek, defender/midfielder Mackenzie Rennhack, midfielder/forward Morgan Heinrich, defender Bryn Matheson and forward Jadyn Edwards.

Smart said she’ll especially miss the energy from the senior class.

In the first round state game, sophomore Keile Hansen scored two goals to help lead Jackson past Union. Emma Rich and Hannah Thompson also had goals.

Sedlacek made some key saves, especially in the first half.

“Every time she’s done what we ask of her and more,” Smart said of the Jackson senior goalkeeper. “She saves three great chances that they could have scored on. That would have changed the momentum of the game.”

Sedlacek also was instrumental in Jackson’s 5-4 shootout victory over Lake Stevens in the Northwest District championship game Thursday, Nov. 2, at Goddard Stadium in Everett.

Cheng and Heinrich scored two goals for Jackson. Lake Stevens matched the Timberwolves with two goals and neither team put the ball in the net during the two overtime periods.

After the first four rounds of the shootout, Jackson and Lake Stevens each made two of the penalty kicks. Sedlacek then stopped the Vikings’ fifth shot and Rich, the fifth Jackson shooter, scored to give Jackson the win and its fourth straight district title.

The Timberwolves were sure that Rich would make her shot.

“She won’t feed into the emotion of the pressure,” Smart said. “She has so much confidence in herself and we do as her coaches and team that we just kind of knew that if it was up to Emma Rich, I know she would do it.”

Sedlacek and her teammates were ecstatic to win another district crown.

“I’m so happy how our team played,” Sedlacek said. “We stuck together as a team to get it done. We didn’t get a goal in stoppage time. We powered through the PKs. I’m really proud of the team.”

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