Whidbey Reign beats Seattle United

Andy Zisette waits for a pass from Oliver Saunsaucie on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Seattle.  - Grace Swanson photo
Andy Zisette waits for a pass from Oliver Saunsaucie on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Seattle.
— image credit: Grace Swanson photo

The South Whidbey Reign soccer team defeated Seattle United FC 4-0 on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Seattle.

Whidbey's U-17 team dominated from the opening minute, said coach Terry Swanson in an email. Midfielder Lucas Leiberman scored the first goal within 30 seconds.

Jeffrey Meier, also a midfielder, scored the second goal, followed by striker Bryce Auburn to close out the first half with a 3-0 Whidbey lead.

With a significant advantage, Swanson said the Reign played "possession" soccer in the second half. The final goal was scored by Meier after he took the ball down the left sideline.

Whidbey goalkeeper Charley Stelling had a bit of a slow game as the team's defense largely kept the ball away from their goalie. Through two playoff games, Whidbey has not allowed a goal.

The Reign next play TUSK, a team from Tukwila-Skyway that Whidbey defeated two weeks ago in a 1-0 contest. Then the Reign return home to the Sports Complex in Langley to host Seattle United FC at noon Sunday, Jan. 26 for the final home game of the season. Remaining playoff games will be played at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.


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