Lake Washington falls short against MI for boys league soccer title

Immediately following the final whistle, the Mercer Island Islanders boys soccer team made a beeline for the middle of the field celebrating the most crucial victory of the 2017 season to date.

The Islanders clinched a berth at the Class 3A state tournament courtesy of a dramatic 2-1 win against the Lake Washington Kangaroos in the KingCo championship game on May 6 at Mercer Island High School. The Islanders, who lost to the Kangaroos 4-3 on May 2, were thrilled to avenge their recent defeat with a berth in the state tournament on the line. Mercer Island senior Lucas Meek said the recent setback against Lake Washington was on his team’s mind in the days leading up to the showdown.

“I think that loss made us win this game because it really gave us that fire in our bellies to really take this win,” Meek said. “We’ve been looking forward to this game [KingCo title game] all season. It is an amazing feeling to get the win. It showed the heart of this team.”

The matchup between the Islanders and Kangaroos was extremely physical. Multiple yellow cards were doled out by the officials in the pressure packed contest between rivals. Mercer Island bolted out to a 1-0 lead with a Hunter Bauman goal in the ninth minute of play. Bauman’s goal, which came from 20 yards out, was perfectly placed just above the outstretched arms of Lake Washington goalie Jamison Gunhus and hit the back of the net just under the crossbar. In the 16th minute of play, Lake Washington senior midfielder Baptiste Debuire tied the game at 1-1 with a goal on a free kick from 45 yards out. The long-range goal curved into the upper left corner of the net. With just nine minutes left in regulation, Islanders’ junior midfielder Mitchell Meade scored after receiving a perfect pass off of a corner kick, giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead. Meade wasn’t surprised the Islanders scored the game-winning goal on a corner kick.

“We practice corners all the time. We try to get as hyped as we can before them. That is where we put all of our energy because that is where we know we can win the ball. I was just anticipating it and it dropped right into me,” Meade said of the pass.

Lake Washington didn’t flinch after Mercer Island got the go-ahead goal. In the final nine minutes, the Kangaroos put constant pressure on the Islanders defense in an attempt to force overtime. The Islanders defense was able to fend off the Kangaroos rally to preserve the victory. Lake Washington will face the Interlake Saints in a loser-out playoff game on May 9.

Kangaroos head coach Rod Smith is confident his team will rebound from the loss against Mercer Island.

“It is just on to the next one [game]. We try to approach every game the same which is to go 1-0. It is about the game in front of us. That is our focus and it will be no different. We will have a good day of training [Monday, May 8] and we’ll come out prepared and focused to take on Interlake,” Smith said.

* Redmond beat Juanita, 3-2, on Friday in the playoffs. In the loser-out match, Redmond prevailed 5-4 on penalty kicks.

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