Meadowdale claims district title | Boys soccer

Boys soccer team earns first state berth since 2005
By David Pan | May 16, 2019

Meadowdale claimed its first district boys soccer championship in well over a decade.

Sophomore River Stewart scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to lead the Mavericks to a 3-1 victory over Wesco 3A champion Marysville-Pilchuck in the District 1 tournament title game Friday, May 10, at Shoreline Stadium.

Meadowdale’s win avenged a 3-1 loss to the Tomahawks during the regular season.

Coach Michael Nelson said that the Mavericks didn’t make any changes to their game plan.

“We played with the same intensity and the same strategy,” he said. “It was a close game last time. They scored a late goal. The difference this time around was that we had a little bit more control of the ball. We tried to maintain the possession a little bit more.”

Junior Axel Rochel gave Meadowdale a 1-0 lead that lasted until the 45th minute when Marysville-Pilchuck tied the score. Stewart, the Mavericks’ leading scorer, took over the game at the end.

“River has the ability to alter the course of the momentum of the game,” Nelson said. “He’s what you call a finisher. When it comes to the end of a game you want him to take a shot on goal.”

Meadowdale’s defense also has been strong throughout the season, said Nelson, who added that that as far as he knows the last time Meadowdale won a district championship was 2005. That year was the school’s last appearance in the state tournament.

“This was one of our goals at the beginning of the year,” Nelson said. “This is something we worked toward. … We went into the season with the desire and goal to get this accomplished.”

The Mavericks (14-5) were scheduled to host Interlake (13-5-1) in a first-round 3A state tournament game on Wednesday, May 15, after the Beacon’s deadline.

 

WARRIORS ELIMINATED: The Edmonds-Woodway boys soccer team was blanked 2-0 by Squalicum in a winner-to-state/loser-out 3A District 1 tournament game Thursday, May 9, at Shoreline Stadium. The Warriors finished the season 10-6-2 overall.

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