Meadowdale’s season ends with 3-0 loss to Interlake | Boys soccer

May 23, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Stephen Koon boots the ball during a 3A state tournament game against Interlake Wednesday, May 15, at Edmonds Stadium. The Mavericks lost 3-0.

Meadowdale couldn’t recover from an early punch to the gut.

Sybren Russell scored less than 30 seconds into the game and later added a second goal in the second half to lead Interlake to a 3-0 victory over the Mavericks in a first-round 3A state boys soccer tournament game Wednesday, May 15, at Edmonds Stadium.

“I think that was a shock for about everyone in the stadium. I think even the guy that shot it was shocked,” Meadowdale coach Mike Nelson said. “I don’t think anyone saw that coming at 28 seconds. That kind of dictated the whole game. It’s hard being down as it is and you start doing things differently when early on in the game and you’re playing 79 minutes down.

“You get taken out of your element and it swings momentum against you. … It’s a hard battle to get back from. That one hurt.”

The Mavericks (14-6) scored 13 goals in their last five games but struggled to find scoring opportunities against the Saints.

“When you don’t’ get those opportunities, we had maybe three or four opportunities, that doesn’t win a game. Not in this sport,” Nelson said. “You have to get the opportunities. You have to take the opportunities. We just didn’t have them tonight.”

Nelson praised Interlake defense for clearing out the ball and keeping the pressure off of its goalkeeper.

But the Mavericks seemed to have some mental lapses.

“In many ways we beat ourselves,” Nelson said. “Not to take anything away from Interlake at all. They’re good. … We made some mistakes that we usually don’t make, but that’s part of the game. That’s the way it goes. In soccer a couple of errors here and there can make a 3-0 score. We’ll learn from this. We’ll march on.”

Despite the disappointing ending, Nelson appreciated how the Mavericks played their hearts out.

“We can’t let this define our season,” he said. “There were great moments throughout the whole year.”

Meadowdale finished in a tie for second in the league and avenged regular season losses to Edmonds-Woodway and Marysville-Pilchuck in the district playoffs. This was the Mavericks’ first appearance in the state tournament since 2005.

“This game doesn’t dictate what our season was like, the strides we made,” Nelson said. “There were a lot of shining moments we saw this season. … I think in the long term, this season was a success. There’s a lot of things to build off of, thanks to these seniors and thanks to these guys. In the long term, I’m happy. What I told the boys, sucks to go out this way, but we’re building a big foundation off of this and we’ll go forward from here.”

KING’S LOSES: King’s lost 1-0 to Winlock/Toledo in a 1A state quarterfinal game Saturday, May 18 at Winlock High School. The Knights finished the season 11-5-1 overall. King’s defeated Seton Catholic 2-0 in a first-round game Wednesday, May 15.

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