By Quint Turner
The soccer season for Meadowdale couldn’t start any better Tuesday night — at least that’s what it looked like if you just saw the box score. The Mavs scored in the 65th minute on a Peter Mataya penalty kick to go up 1-0 over Edmonds-Woodway, and it would stay that way for the rest of the game. However, the game was full of fouls, including one that sent Meadowdale player Alec Robertson to the bench for the rest of the game. Meadowdale players now need to be extra careful, since another red card could affect their postseason eligibility.
In the first half, the Mavericks controlled the midfield with excellent ball possession but not many scoring opportunities. They could get the ball around to the 30-yard line, but then they’d make a sloppy pass and Edmonds-Woodway would just clear it back. An early chance for the Warriors in the 13th minute that resulted in a goal off a cross was called back due to being offsides.
The Warriors had most of their chances in the first half, as forward Reed Zerapek constantly got good opportunities to score. However, Zerapek did more than that as the game went by, becoming one of the players with the most fouls. He had a breakaway in the 20th minute, but his shot glanced off the keeper’s leg and wide. Zack Cicoy of the Warriors had a long shot in the 24th minute that was also stopped easily by Patrick Gove, the MHS keeper. In the last minute of play, Gus Carston of Edmonds-Woodway gave a forearm to the face of Robertson and drew a yellow. The score would be tied 0-0 at half.
The second started out sloppy, as the weather certainly was a factor in the game. A constant barrage of wind and rain made it tough to see, and hard to get traction. The first chance came for the Mavs when Matt Carver threw a long ball into the box that would just barely get to the keeper before Mataya had a chance to flick it over him. However, on a free kick by Nils Odegaard of Meadowdale, the ball was sent into the box again, but this time Mataya was elbowed hard by an Edmonds-Woodway player, setting up a penalty kick. The kick shot the ball barely out of the keeper’s reach to put the Mavericks up 1-0.
The game would feature more physical and sloppy play until it boiled over when Zerapek gave a late slide tackle to Robertson’s calf. When Robertson got up, he charged after Zerapek and gave him a shove, which started a fight with no thrown punches. Robertson was given a red card, but Meadowdale held on for the 1-0 win.
The Mavericks’ next varsity soccer game is Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Lynnwood High School.
Sports contributor Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.