Meadowdale advances to district tournament | Boys soccer

Stewart scores a pair of goals to lead Mavericks past Warriors 2-1
By David Pan | May 10, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Javier Ramirez and Cole Jackson (right) are all smiles after Jackson’s goal against Stanwood during a 3A District 1 play-in game Thursday, May 3, at Edmonds Stadium. The Mavericks won 4-1.

Meadowdale stayed alive in the 3A District 1 boys soccer tournament at the expense of its district rival.

Freshman River Stewart scored two goals to lead the Mavericks to a 2-1 victory over Edmonds-Woodway in a loser-out contest Tuesday, May 8, at Edmonds Stadium.

Meadowdale is scheduled to take on district rival Lynnwood in another loser-out game at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 10, at Shoreline Stadium.

The winner faces either Marysville-Pilchuck or Squalicum in a winner-to-state/loser-out contest at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 12, at Shoreline Stadium.

To advance to the district tournament, Meadowdale (10-7-2) defeated Stanwood 4-1 in a play-in contest on Thursday, May 3, at Edmonds Stadium.

The Mavericks overcame an early 1-0 second half deficit with four unanswered goals. Junior Jacob Potts scored two of them and teammates Lauro Armengol and Cole Jackson each had a goal.

“It means a lot to this team because we haven’t made it to a play-in game for about two years,” Potts said. “It was actually a special moment for us.”

Meadowdale had opportunities to take the lead in the first half but weren’t able to find the back of the net.

At halftime, Meadowdale coach Mike Nelson told his players to keep plugging away.

“We just talked about how the shots were there,” Nelson said. “We’re creating opportunities. We’re not finding the back of the net. The second half, we’re not going to change anything. We’re going to continue the same thing. This time we’re going to finish them.”

The Mavericks kept their cool after a foul in the box led to a successful penalty kick by the Spartans and a 1-0 deficit.

“We slipped up a little bit, but we got our focus back and stepped up,” Potts said. “We just kept pushing.”

Potts added that Nelson told the players that once they scored their first goal, the floodgates would open.

“It did,” Potts said.

Meadowdale dropped its district playoff opener 3-1 to Snohomish Saturday, May 5, at Snohomish High School.

Edmonds-Woodway finished the year at 11-7 overall.

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