In the four games the two teams have played, the T-Birds have won all four, outscoring the Mavs by a 14-0 count, including one 6-0 win on the last regular season game last year. But freshman Nathan Redd has turned that tide.
In the 34th minute, Stuart Smith sent in a corner kick that got through the box and to Redd. He didn’t make a mistake. Redd drilled a low shot into the right corner past Kyle Crawford and in for the only goal of the game on Monday night. Mark Steinke kept a clean sheet for the second straight game and the Mavs are now 3-1 in the past four games.
The Thunderbirds dominated ball possession the first 20 minutes of the game, which led to a few chances. In the 2nd minute, Amir Roushenas stripped a Maverick defender at the top of the box and hit a curving shot that Stienke saved by diving. In the 10th minute, Stienke hit a drop-kick to midfield that was flicked on to Austin Panek by Colton Davis. Panek got the ball to Tristan Springer at the top of the box, and Springer hit a shot high over the bar. Back the other way, Taj McChensey got an open shot from 18 yards and tried a shot, but it went straight to Stienke. In the 20th minute, Ian Callender tried to lob the ball into the goal box that Stienke came out and snatched out of the air. Four minutes later, Springer took a short corner kick that was let through by two Meadowdale players and went to Smith. Smith fired a low shot that bounced off a defender and was eventually cleared.
In the 27th minute, Smith sent a through ball to Thomas Redd. Redd caught up to the ball just in front of the goal box and sent a hurried shot over the crossbar. Finally, the Mavs struck seven minutes later. Smith took a corner kick and sent in a low cross. The ball skipped over Maverick forwards and Thunderbird defenders alike to Nathan Redd. Redd took one touch and blasted a low shot past Crawford and into the corner to give the Mavs a 1-0 lead.
In the 36th minute, the Mavs almost doubled their lead. Nathan Redd set a bouncing ball down to his brother, and Thomas Redd sliced the ball just over the bar. Just before the end of the half, Panek and Jack Allen collided going up for a header. Both players went down immediately and it took two minutes before both of them walked off with a little help. Neither player came back on to the field for the rest of the game. The Mavs took a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Meadowdale just about scored again in the 43rd minute. Nathan Redd stole a drop pass to a defender and went on a breakaway. As he got into the box, two defenders caught up to him and poked the ball away. But it went straight to Davis, and he took a low shot that barely went wide of the net, and Shorewood started to search for the tying goal. Three minutes later, Justin Collins set up Logan Keebler from 20 yards out, but Keebler’s shot went high. In the 49th minute, Anthony Pepe took a corner kick that bounced around before going out of bounds. Pepe had another chance at a corner kick four minutes later that was easily cleared by the Maverick defenders.
The Mavs started to go back on the attack when Smith took a 40 yard free kick in the 54th minute. The ball got to the goal box and bounced out to Nathan Redd. He was prevented from taking a very good shot by the Shorewood defense, but still attempted one. Crawford made the easy save. Four minutes later, Smith had a free kick from 30 yards out that skipped wide of the net. In the 60th minute, Sam Anschell sent a low cross into the goal box that Kabir Khan headed wide.
Eight minutes later, the T-Birds had their best chance to tie up the game when Roushenas ended up with the ball from 18 yards out. He scorched a shot straight at Stienke, but it was so hot, Steinke had to punch the ball out of bounds. Pepe took the corner kick and Stienke snatched it out of the air. In the 73rd minute, Pepe had a free kick from 40 yards out that got in the box and to Collins, who headed the ball straight to Stienke. That was the last great chance as the Mavericks closed the game out with little more trouble, and the losing streak to Shorewood was over.
With the win, the Mavericks improve to 2-2 in the league and 3-3-1 and play again on Wednesday at Edmonds Stadium at 7:30 p.m. against Marysville-Getchell. With the loss, the T-Birds drop to 2-1-1 and 3-2-2 and play again on Wednesday at Marysville-Pilchuck at 7 p.m.
— By Quint Turner