By Quint Turner
After a stinging 6-1 loss against Shorecrest, the Mavericks boys soccer team looked to rebound Tuesday against another incredibly tough team, the Shorewood Thunderbirds. Sadly, the T-Birds controlled the game the whole way and came away with a 3-0 win.
Despite being snakebitten in the first half, Shorewood was finally able to break the stalemate in the second half thanks to goals by Hayk Avanesayan, Eugene Holley and Daniel Yun. Sahil Khan also was a constant threat; though he didn’t score, he was a great set-up man.
The first half started with a good chance for the Mavs on Peter Mataya’s shot, but the majority of the half was spent in the Mavs end. Avanesyan had a great chance in the 14th minute that was blocked, and the corner was cleared. Later, in the 19th minute, a cross came in for Khan, but his shot barely went wide. The only other chance for the Mavs was a cross by Mitch Hatzenbeler, but it was caught by the keeper. Right back the other way, another shot from Khan went wide. This was followed by a turnover by Patrick Gove, the Maverick goalie, to the T-Birds that was kicked into the crease, but the ball was blocked by Nils Odegaard.
A shot from Khan went off Gove and off the crossbar in the 30th minute, and then another shot by Khan in the crease was partially blocked, and went off the inside of the post but it stayed out. Then Khan again had a breakaway shot that was saved by Gove before the half ended.
Gove would be replaced by Evan Lee in goal at the start of the second half. The T-Birds picked right back up where they left off, as Andreas Gobel’s shot went wide early on. The Mavs had their best chance of the game on a free kick by Odegaard that caroomed to Chris Prasanna for a shot that went wide.
The T-Birds broke the tie in the 51st minute, when a beautiful cross by Nick Shriner was headed in by Avanesyan. Right after, in the 54th minute, a corner by Mathew Pettersen was headed in by Eugene Holley. The last goal by Shorewood’s Daniel Yun came in the 78th minute.
The Mavs JV team lost 7-0. Next up for the varsity is a match vs. Glacier Peak at Lynnwood High School at 7:30 p.m.
Sports contributor Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.