We caught with Skyline girls soccer coach and key senior players on the second day of tryouts to get the scoop on how the team will rebuild this season.
Skyline (14-2-1) has won four out the last six state championships, but last year lost to Issaquah 2-1 in quarterfinals on a penalty kick.
Skyline also lost 13 seniors last year, and Defender Abbey Porter and Midfielder Lauren Carson said the seniors left the biggest holes in the attacking third and at goalkeeper. Those seniors include Goalkeepers Emily Baril, who had 13 shutouts, Jaeden Chew, who had 6 shutouts, and Sydney Martinez, who had 5 shutouts.
"We fortunately do have some younger players who are fast and hard working that can come in and fill those spots for us," said Porter, a Washington commit.
In addition to losing seniors, Amanda Johnston said fellow Forward Izzy Marshall tore her ACL in May, which means she is out for her senior season.
"That will definitely be a big loss for us, but hopefully other people can step in and work hard for her," said Johnston, a Washington State commit who led the team with nine goals and six assists last year.
The girls said that tryouts had looked promising so far with quick freshmen and JV players looking to move up.
"I think everyone's ready to get in there and score goals and really push themselves," said Midfielder Kelli Sullivan, who had six goals and two assists last year.
The Spartans were clear about two goals for the season: winning the KingCo and state championships and beating Issaquah.
The girls said it would mean "everything" to win their games against Issaquah, and Coach Don Braman said it was one of his greatest joys as a coach to beat their rival team.
"They got us at the end last year, and that's unfortunate," Braman said.