By Quint Turner
The Lady Mavs continue to roll Thursday night as they get their fifth straight win to bring them to 6-2 on the year and maintain their third place standing in Wesco. They played against a tough Mountlake Terrace Hawks team (2-5-1) led by forward Erin Russell and defender Elle Samuelson. Maverick leaders Rosyln Stapleton and Kendall Raecker fought for every inch as it came down to a late goal by Raecker to get the Mavs the win.
The Mavericks had a quick start, as usual, as Stapleton passed the ball to Alisa Sagdahl, who was at the top of the box, and she juked out the keeper Amanda Aversana as she came out, and put the ball in to get Meadowdale up 1-0 in the third minute. The Mavericks continued to press and keep the ball in the Hawks’ end, as Stapleton, Hannah Shouse and Sara Fjortoft all got shots one after the other. But Mountlake Terrace tied the game in the 21st minute after a corner kick resulted in a loose ball inside the box that got to Lily Hart, who slammed the ball past outstretched Maverick keeper,Ashley Routh to tie the game at 1.
In the 27th minute, Sagdahl headed a corner from Stapleton off the crossbar, and the game remained tied. Meadowdale once again applied the pressure for a while, but the Mavs were unable to connect and the score remained 1-1 at the half.
The second half started when Emily Crichlow hooked a cross into the six-yard box that got to Hannah Shouse, but she was unable to tap the ball in as it skipped by her. Soon after, Crichlow had a semi-breakaway that got her into the box, but her shot was deflected out by the defense. In the 63rd minute, a bizarre bounce led to Erica Guenther of Mountlake Terrace having a shot with Routh out of the goal, but she had to shoot it at a short angle, and the shot bounced wide. Meadowdale quickly came back, as Tisha Parsely took a low shot from 20 yards out that was juggled by the keeper, but she recovered just before Sagdahl could score.
Two minutes later, in the 67th minute, Stapleton took a free kick from 30 yards out and got the ball right to Raecker near the side of the goal, who one-timed the shot over Aversano to give the Mavs the 2-1 lead. However, it took an amazing diving save from Routh on a shot by Russell in order to preserve the win, as Meadowdale held for the 2-1 victory.
The Mavericks (6-2) next play Everett Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. at Lynnwood High School.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.