The following story updates an article posted on Friday that said the match ended in a tie.
By Quint Turner
On a cold Thursday night, Meadowdale had the majority of chances in a close game with the Everett Seagulls in the first game of league play that ended in a tie, followed by a shootout gave Meadowdale a 2-1 win.
Both sides were able to get goals despite tough defense, but neither side was able to put it away. All night, Jose Medina, Sam Nelson and Dave Gerbert created chances for the Gulls. On the flipside, Peter Mataya, Chris Prasanna, and Tristan Springer were the main forces for the Meadowdale offense.
The Mavs’ first half offensive highlight was Mataya’s long shot that just went high. Meadowdale once again mostly controlled the ball all game, but the Mavs weren’t able to make that last pass to get a goal. Everett prevented those crosses from getting to the middle, while Meadowdale did the same. The Mavericks had a few corner kicks in the half that the Gulls easily cleared or the kicks sailed over everyone’s head.
Finally, in the 38th minute, Medina of the Gulls headed in a cross from Nelson to put the Gulls ahead 1-0. A beautiful header to be sure, as he jumped to the left, but somehow headed the ball the other way past Patrick Gove of Meadowdale for the goal. The half would end soon after the goal was scored.
The start of the second half was quick. A corner by Mataya was barely headed high by Prasanna, and right after another corner from Mataya was blocked. The Mavs had chances to get a breakaway, but each time the lead pass was too far, with Gull goalie Tanner Jelinek snapping up the passes — four times. The Mavs would finally get the equalizer when a pass by Prasanna was taken down the side by Springer, who sniped a shot past on the far side of Jelinek.
Meadowdale continued the pressure as Mitchell Hatzenbeler had a shot that went high, and E.J. Bushnell had another close chance but neither found the net. In the final minute, a cross from Bushnell was snatched by Jelinek, ending regulation. However, Meadowdale was able to pull out a win with penalty kicks in a shoot-out victory.
Sports contributor Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.