Two uncharacteristic lapses proved to be too much for Meadowdale to overcome in Wednesday night’s soccer clash with Shorecrest.
The second, an own goal by a Maverick defender trying to clear the ball near the goal with about a minute left in the second half, lifted the Scots to a 3-2 victory in the Wesco 3A South boys soccer game at Shoreline Stadium.
“I thought we had a chance tonight to beat them,” said Meadowdale coach Wade Foley. “We ended up on the backside of the L. That’s the way it goes. They finished in the last two minutes.”
Earlier in the season, the Scots beat the Mavericks 3-2 in a game that reminded Foley of Wednesday’s night loss.
“They got some goals that you wouldn’t normally see in a game and it’s unfortunate for us,” Foley said.
The Meadowdale coach was referring to a goal on a free kick by Shorecrest’s Chris Iacolucci in the 64thminute that gave the Scots a brief 2-1 lead. Iacolucci appeared to catch the Maverick defense off-guard.
“It was a mental lapse,” Foley said. “We’ll regroup. We’ll talk about it. We’ll talk about how to overcome something that like. We shouldn’t have allowed that to happen.”
Meadowdale quickly responded as two minutes later Tristan Springer scored to tie the game at 2. The game appeared headed for overtime when the Scots made a last minute push and the Mavericks were unable to clear the ball in front of their own goal.
Shorecrest’s Anton Resing was credited with the game-winning goal.
Meadowdale took a 1-0 lead when Colton Davis scored in the 39th minute. Shorecrest’s Kevin Musar tied the score at 1 in the 55th minute.
Foley wasn’t so concerned about the loss to the Scots as he was with Meadowdale’s overall play with the postseason in mind.
“Really the focus for us is not so much one game,” he said. “The focus is on what happens in the playoffs. The playoffs are the really deciding factor. Right now the South is a really stacked division and we’re just jockeying for who’s going to go in the first spot, second, third and fourth.”
Meadowdale is 6-3 in the league and 7-4-1 and currently is in fourth place behind Glacier Peak, Shorewood and Shorecrest.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Meadowdale, who will face district rival Mountlake Terrace at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 at Lynnwood High School.
“They’re not going to hang their heads,” Foley said. “They’re going to be back. One thing about this team, they’ve got a lot of pride and a lot of heart. I have fantastic leadership from my seniors. We’ve got a lot of seniors this year that really understand the game and want to work together and play team ball.”
–By David Pan