HS girls soccer: Preston closes regular season with 3-1 win against Skyline
PRESTON — For a 20-minute stretch in the first half, Preston played like a state-title contender as the Indians netted three goals against Skyline.
Preston never established any attacking rhythm in the second half, but defended resolutely and earned a 3-1 victory over the Grizzlies in a non-district home match Saturday.
“It’s our season in a nutshell ... that at any point in time and in any stretch of any game, we can look like state-title contenders, but it’s just inconsistent right now,” Preston coach Brandon Lyon said. “With only three seniors, I guess that’s part of it, but it was a good win for us.”
Those three Preston 12th-graders were honored prior to Saturday’s regular-season finale, and the trio of Alyssa Wood, Makenna Coburn and Sayge Keller — all starters — shined on senior day.
For starters, Coburn and Wood scored the first two goals, which is a noteworthy accomplishment against a stingy Skyline backline that allowed two goals in the 10 matches before Saturday.
“They’ve all been a part of this program for a long time and they’ve all helped develop this program in different ways over the four years,” Lyon said of his seniors. “And so to see them, on their day, perform like they did, that was special to see. They deserve that.”
Coburn gave the Indians (10-4-2, 10-2-2 4A District 4-5) a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when she crashed the back post on a rebound. Wood fought off a Skyline defender and forced the goalkeeper to make a tricky save, which Coburn cleaned up.
Wood doubled Preston’s lead 13 minutes later on a quick build-up following a goal kick by the hosts.
“It was really fun, but my team sets me up really nice, so it’s not just me,” Wood said. “It’s the team that really makes that possible for me.”
The hosts only needed nine minutes to strike again as Kylie Larsen lofted a free-kick over the outstretched arms of the Skyline keeper.
Preston struggled to maintain possession for the final 10 minutes of the first half, but was never really threatened by the Skyline attack. That changed in the second half as the Grizzlies (11-2-0, 9-0 4A District 6) were assertive and dangerous down the flanks, and won a lion’s share of the 50-50 balls.
Skyline scored a goal eight minutes into the second half on a chip by Bernice Chavez, who caught Preston keeper Sydnee Marlow off her line.
The Indians only took two shots after the break after racking up 10 shots, including seven on goal, in the opening half.
“We’re a very talented team and we all know that. But I think we get in our heads a lot, so we get in those slumps and it’s hard to get out of sometimes,” Coburn said. “If we can just put a whole 80 minutes together, it’s going to be amazing.”
Preston begins district tournament play Saturday as the No. 3 seed.