By Quint Turner
It took four games, but the Maverick soccer team got a win, defeating the Mountlake Terrace Hawks 3-0 Friday night. Evan Lee recorded the shutout and only had to make two saves because the Meadowdale defense played its best game of the year. Tristan Springer scored two goals in the second half and Colton Davis scored the game-winning goal in the 13th minute to give the Mavericks the only goal they needed. Captain Chris Prasanna got two assists as well. Hawk goaltender Aidan Murray gave up all three goals, but each was off amazing plays.
Terrace got the first chance of the game in the 2nd minute, when Chris Mitalas took a free kick from 35 yards out that flew over the players in the MHS goal box and went straight to Lee for a save. The Mavs got an opportunity in the 5th minute during their counter. A pass into the goal box was deflected off the Hawk defense and bounced straight to Davis at the top of the box, and he took a shot that was punched out by Murray wide. The corner kick was taken by Chad Triplett, and it was easily cleared.
The Mavs broke through eight minutes later. Springer at the 35-yard line passed the ball past the Hawk defense to Prasanna coming down the sideline. He dribbled into the box and sent a low cross across the box that went straight to Davis for a tap-in.
The Mavs continued to pressure. In the 18th minute, Springer found Griffin Over for a through ball down the right sideline. The Hawk defense thought it was offsides and let him go, but he managed to stay on long enough for the pass. He dribbled down the side and instead of trying to go past the goaltender in the one-on-one situation, he took a shot at the corner of the box that got through Murray, bounced off the inside of the far post and somehow bounced out of the goal.
The Hawks finally got another chance in the 20th minute when Ivan Melchor sent a cross through the Meadowdale box that went out of bounds before hitting a player. Meadowdale came back in the 26th minute and forced a corner kick. Triplett sent a cross through the box that got cleared easily by the defense. Six minutes later, Taylor Vonderhofen stole a pass from Murray, dribbled into the box, and hit a shot wide of the net. The last chance of the half for the Mavericks came in the 37th minute. Taylor Linton, who played great all game but no one was able to put in his crosses, sent a lob from the 30-yard line into the goal box, Davis got on the end of it and sent it just wide of the net. The Mavs ended the half up 1-0.
The Hawks came into the second half with some fire in their bellies. In the 49th minute, Taylor Howell got a chance at the 25-yard line and sent a shot wide of the net. A minute later, the Hawks earned a free kick near the corner of the box and Melchor sent a cross into the box. Bryce Pingul got on the end of the cross and headed it on net. Lee made the save. It took until the 67th minute for either team to get another chance on goal. Springer got the ball 30 yards out, attempted to pass through the defensive wall to Prasanna, but the ball bounced straight back to him. Springer took the opportunity to dribble into the box and he blasted a low shot into the bottom-right corner of the goal to put the Mavs up 2-0.
There was more bad news for Hawk fans two minutes later. Melchor went up for a defensive header and came down awkwardly. He ended up leaving the game with an undisclosed injury and did not return. Terrace came back on offense in the 70th minute when Alec Somers got a through ball to Victor Ruelas into the box. Ruelas attempted a low shot on net, and Lee punched the ball out of bounds. The corner kick after by Howell was easily cleared off of the line. The Mavs got their third goal of the match in the 73rd minute. Austin Panek sent a ball up to Prasanna at the side of the goal box, and he sent a pass back to Springer near the top of the box. Springer took a one-timer and hit a rocket of a shot past Murray for his second goal of the game. The rest of the game went without incident, and the Mavs easily won their first game of the year.
With the win, the Mavs improve to 1-3, and play next on Tuesday at home versus the Glacier Peak Grizzlies at 7:30.
Goals: Meadowdale — 13th minute, Colton Davis assisted by Chris Prasanna; 67th minute, Tristan Springer, unassisted; 73th minute, Tristan Springer assisted by Chris Prasanna
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.