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Reign soccer club wins state title
South Whidbey Reign is a state-title boys soccer team.
The club won the U-17 boys soccer title — the Washington State Youth Soccer Founders Cup — with a 2-1 shootout victory over TUSK (Tukwila-Skyway) Feb. 9 in Tukwila.
Whidbey won the shootout 5-4, with all five designated Reign penalty kickers hitting their shots and goalkeeper Charley Stelling saving the first shot from a TUSK player.
In regulation, TUSK scored on a header off a long-cross pass with two minutes remaining in the first half.
By the second half, Whidbey went on the offensive, pressuring TUSK’s defense. TUSK responded with eight defenders in its goal box, but eventually Whidbey’s tactic paid off. Kai Da Rosa slipped behind the defense to take a pass from Bryce Auburn, where Da Rosa was fouled for a penalty kick inside the box. Jeffrey Meier booted in the goal from there with about 30 minutes left in the match.
After regulation, the game went into overtime periods that were scoreless, leading to the shootout and South Whidbey’s win. Reign penalty kickers were Meier, Da Rosa, Stelling, Andy Zisette and Kameron Donohoe.
South Whidbey’s state champions include Auburn, Anders Bergquist, Coel Cable, John Gibson, Jordan Henriot, Davin Kesler, Lucas Leiberman, Tucker Middlebrook, Lochlan Roberts, Oliver Saunsaucie and Tom Swanson.