All-City Soccer Team led by winners

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Stadium junior goalkeeper Katherine Nelson. Photo by Rocky Ross

While it seems as though every other family you meet in Tacoma has a daughter playing soccer, it hasn’t always turned into wins on the field for Grit City teams over the years. With the exception of Bellarmine Prep, there hasn’t been much in the way of true challengers for a state championship in recent memory.

That all changed in a big way this fall sports season.

Tacoma had not one, but two teams, make it all the way to the respective state championship matches. In the end, one would score the big trophy, while the other had to settle for a record-setting season and a runners-up finish.

You’ll also find a good number of those players represented on our 20-player 2017 Tacoma Weekly All-City Girls Soccer Team.

Life Christian fielded a team this season that made life difficult on their 2B Pacific League foes. The Eagles tallied an impressive eight shutout victories in their 19 games and only gave up a total of 22 goals on the season. On the offensive side, Life Christian was potent, racking up 82 goals.

Stadium junior Makenzie Burks. Photo by Rocky Ross

Throughout the season, the Eagles were unable to get past Adna in three matches, losing by a total of four goals over the stretch. Fate would set the two teams against each other in the state 1B/2B semifinals, and the match went as far as it possibly could. Playing through regulation and then two overtime periods, the Eagles would finally overcome Adna in penalty kicks to send them into the state championship game.

The Eagle defense rose to the occasion against St. George’s, as Life Christian shutout the Dragons by a score of 1-0 to win the school’s first-ever state championship. Life Christian finished the season 15-4-0.

Records were also toppled by the Stadium Tigers. The champions of the 3A Pierce County League took an undefeated and untied record into the playoffs, and nearly pulled off a 20-game, clean sweep of the season. Despite facing teams that come from areas with strong soccer pedigrees, the Tigers mowed through the competition all the way to the 3A state championship match.

Stadium junior Kailey Hall. Photo by Rocky Ross

Stadium would tally a 3A-best 93 goals on the season, while giving up just 13 in 20 games. The Tigers amassed 11 shutouts over the regular season and playoffs, with their last one being a 1-0 shutout of powerhouse Bellevue in the 3A state semifinals. The following day, Stadium would run into a Mercer Island club that brought their best game to the championship match. The game was tight through much of the contest, but an own-goal midway through the second half put the score at 3-1 for Mercer Island, and the eventual champs went into defensive lockdown.

In the end, Stadium finished with a sensational 19-1-0 record. The finest season of soccer for any girls’ team from Tacoma’s oldest high school.

Bellarmine also had an impressive season, advancing to the first round before falling to powerhouse Camas by a score of 1-0 in the first round of 16. While the Lions finished third in the 4A South Puget Sound League, Bellarmine had the best run of the local 4A schools. The Lions finished the season with a very respectable 12-4-3 record.

Congratulations to the 2017 Tacoma Weekly All-City Team. All selections garnered either first or second-team status from their own league’s best.

2017 TACOMA WEEKLY 

ALL-CITY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

MAKENZIE BURKS

F – STADIUM – JUNIOR

SYDNEY DEVITA

F – BELLARMINE – SENIOR

ALEA YUN

F – LIFE CHRISTIAN – JUNIOR

EMILY WALSH

F – WILSON – SENIOR

LINDSEY RUDD

F – BELLARMINE – JUNIOR

GRACE EDVALDS

F – BELLARMINE – FRESHMAN

JANAISIA SMITH

M – WILSON – SENIOR

MORGAN GREENE

M – WILSON – SENIOR

MONIQUE NAGEL

M – STADIUM – JUNIOR

TYLER TAFF

M – LIFE CHRISTIAN – SOPHOMORE

TAYLOR MONTGOMERY

M – BELLARMINE – SENIOR

NYAH RIVERA

D – STADIUM – JUNIOR

ASHLEY PRICE

D – BELLARMINE – JUNIOR

HAILEA KOSA

D – WILSON – SOPHOMORE

MADELINE GARCIA

D – BELLARMINE – SENIOR

KAILEY HALL

D – STADIUM – JUNIOR

GRACE PIERSON

D – LIFE CHRISTIAN – SENIOR

LISI BROOKS

D – LINCOLN – SOPHOMORE

KATHERINE NELSON

GK – STADIUM – JUNIOR

ISABELLE DAVIS

GK – BELLARMINE – JUNIOR

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