Contributed photo — Nicole Murnane steps in front of an Issaquah FC player to steal a ball. Elizabeth Haines is behind her in support.

South Whidbey Reign advances to Founders Cup quarterfinals

South Whidbey Reign’s girls U-14 soccer club defeated Issaquah Select FC 3-1 in the first round of the Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup on Sunday at the South Whidbey Sports Complex.

The win advances South Whidbey to the Founders Cup quarterfinals. A date for South Whidbey’s next game is yet to be determined, but will likely be held in Vancouver, Wash. The Reign advanced to the Founders Cup after winning the North Puget Sound League Division 2 Championship during a snowy game at South Whidbey High School in December.

The girls are coached by Karl Peterson and Terry Swanson.

“They dominated possession almost the entire game,” Swanson said. “…Those are the games you play for.”

Simone White scored two goals, while Nicole Murnane also scored. South Whidbey yielded a goal in the final minutes of the game, Swanson said.

Swanson said that while there was pressure on the girls’ shoulders knowing that a loss would hurt their chances of competing for a state championship, they handled it well.

“You couldn’t tell from the way they played,” Swanson said. “They just played and went out and did their thing.”

Swanson said the win was also impressive considering that South Whidbey has only three eighth-graders on the team, while the rest are sixth and seventh graders, playing above their age group.