In a matchup of the top two teams in the 2A/3A Wesco League boys soccer standings, it was the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks that prevailed over the Meadowdale Mavericks 3-1 on Friday at Edmonds Stadium.
Freshman forward Ashton Wolff came off the bench to score two goals for the Tomahawks; Carlos Macias picked up the other goal for M-P, which pushed its league- leading record to 5-0-1.
The Tomahawks controlled much of the first half play, with Wolf scoring in the 13th minute on a low shot that grazed the right goal post and went in. Nine minutes later Macias scored his goal with a header off a corner kick to give M-P an early 2-0 lead.
Falling behind early in the match affected the play of the Mavs, Coach Michael Nelson confessed.
“When play developed we were in a little bit more of a panic than they were, especially when we went down 2-nothing,” Nelson said. “Going down early like that pushes you into doing things you normally wouldn’t do.”
Meadowdale had only given up two goals in their seven matches leading up to Friday’s tilt against the Tomahawks. And only once — their 1-0 loss March 9 to Issaquah — had the team been behind on the scoreboard at all.
You know, it’s a punch in the mouth. Everybody’s got a plan (before) you get punched in the mouth,” Nelso said of the early deficit.
The Mavs were able to scramble and score in the 28th minute off a River Stewart shot from 10 yards out that beat M-P goalkeeper Eric Ibanez. But Ibanez was a wall for the rest of the match, making numerous diving saves in the second half to keep the Tomahawk lead secure.
“Their goalkeeper played well,” Nelson said.
Ibanez was forced into making eight saves in the second half as eight of nine Meadowdale shots were on target during the second 40 minutes.
Despite yielding three goals, Mavs’ goalkeeper Kyle Houk also played well on Friday, recording eight saves in the game. Houk’s best effort came in the 47th minute as the junior blocked a 16-yard blast from Tomahawk senior Randy Galvan.
With the loss, the Mavericks drop to second place in the 15-team 2A/3A Wesco League. And while the team was disappointed with Friday’s setback, Nelson stated it will not sink his veteran squad.
“We’ll go from this and build off this; this is a thing we can learn from, not regress from,” he said.
In other Meadowdale sports on Friday, the Mavericks’ baseball team put together a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks in a non-conference game played at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
The Mavs scored two runs in the sixth inning and another in the seventh to steal the win.
Prep Boys Soccer: Marysville-Pilchuck at Meadowdale, March 29
Marysville-Pilchuck 2 1 — 3
Meadowdale 1 0 — 1
— Ashton Wolff (Marysville-Pilchuck) in the 13th minute
— Carlos Macias (Marysville-Pilchuck) in the 22nd minute
— River Stewart (Meadowdale) in the 28th minute
— Ashton Wolff (Marysville-Pilchuck) in the 80th minute
Shots: Meadowdale 14; Marysville-Pilchuck 24
Corner kick: Meadowdale 3; Marysville-Pilchuck 10
— Eric Ibanez (Marysville-Pilchuck) 10
— Kyle Houk (Meadowdale) 8
Records: Meadowdale 5-1-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 6-2-0 overall; Marysville-Pilchuck 5-0-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 7-0-1 overall
Meadowdale next match: versus Arlington; Wednesday, April 3; 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
Prep Baseball: Meadowdale at Marysville-Pilchuck, March 29
Meadowdale 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 — 5 5 0
Marysville-Pilchuck 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 — 3 5 0
Winning pitcher: Parker Cumberland (Meadowdale)
Losing pitcher: Cole Brammer (Marysville-Pilchuck)
Records: Meadowdale 0-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League South Conference, 2-4 overall; Marysville-Pilchuck 4-0 in 3A Wesco League North Conference, 4-2 overall
Meadowdale next game: versus Mountlake Terrace; Tuesday, April 2; 4 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
— By Doug Petrowski