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Cinderella story comes to an end for FW girls soccer team

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The magic finally ran out for the Federal Way girls soccer team, the unlikely Cinderella story of the 2002 state tournament. At least their bus didn’t turn into a pumpkin.

Federal Way’s season ended in the quarterfinal round with a 3-0 loss to Eastlake Friday.

“We made it farther than anybody ever expected,” Federal Way junior forward Ashlyn White said. “At the beginning of the year, our name was no where near the top teams in the state. It’s an unfortunate loss and we wish we were moving on, like every team. But it’s nothing to hang our heads about. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

Federal Way trailed 1-0 at halftime after Eastlake’s Megan Miller beat her defender then crossed the ball to Anna Allan, who was unmarked on the far post and scored in the 16th minute.

Federal Way only managed one shot on goal in the first half and didn’t have any real scoring opportunities. The Eagles finished the game with four shots on goal to Eastlake’s seven.

“Overall, it was an awesome year,” Federal Way senior defender Kim Loebe said. “We all played our hearts out. It was fun to play with this team and it was fun to be with them. It’s nice to end on the high note of making the state tournament.”

The Eagles’ best chance to score was 14 minutes into the second half, still trailing just 1-0. White broke free on the right side and Eastlake goalkeeper Kaitlyn Wurz came out to challenge her. White sent a hard shot on goal that Wurz deflected into the center of the field. Federal Way sophomore Rachael Christenson followed with another hard shot on goal, but Eastlake defender Meghan Blume was in the right place for a header that cleared the ball off the goal line.

Three minutes later, Blume put her head on the ball at the other end of the field, this time to score a goal off a corner kick to put Eastlake up 2-0.

Federal Way appeared to score in the 62nd minute when White sent a cross to senior forward Lindsay MItchell, who headed the ball out of the hands of Eastlake goalkeeper Wurz and into the net. But the ref called a foul on Mitchell and the apparent goal was not allowed.

Eastlake scored its third goal in the final minute when Miller bounced a high header just inside the left post.

“I was really proud of us,” Mitchell said of the overall season. “It was a good fight. Nobody believed in us, but we believed in each other. We were definitely a Cinderella story.”

Unfortunately, even the good stories eventually have to come to an end.

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