Prep soccer: Late goal sinks Meadowdale in semifinals

mavs-logoJust when things looked like they might go the Meadowdale boys soccer team’s way late in their 3A District semifinal game with Glacier Peak, the No. 1 seeded Grizzlies delivered a blow to the Mavericks’ state hopes.

Glacier Peak senior defender and co-captain Keven Duan scored on a header in the 80th minute following a corner kick to get Glacier Peak a state 3A tournament berth.

Just minutes before, Meadowdale seemed destined to force overtime or even win in regulation with momentum shifting back on its side.

Meadowdale senior Stuart Smith knocked a penalty kick into the left corner of the goal to even the score 1-1 in the 75th minute.

The Mavericks’ scoring attempt was thwarted on the previous play, but a Grizzlies’ defender grabbed the hip of a Meadowdale player in the penalty box, giving the Mavericks new life.

However, Glacier Peak managed to snag a corner kick opportunity in the final minute and capitalized.

Senior defender Spencer Pettit took the corner for Glacier Peak and senior forward Riley Prescott won a header in the goal box that vaulted the ball straight up about 25 feet. With nearly all the players from both teams in the box, Duan was the one who was in the right place and got his head on it and scored.

After a scoreless first half, the Grizzlies’ Prescott scored the game’s first goal in the 60th minute. The senior booted a shot from the right side of the penalty box into the upper right corner of the goal, out of the reach of Mavericks’ goalkeeper Luke Lindgren.

Meadowdale, the No. 4 seed, will play at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Lynnwood High School against Mountlake Terrace, a 2-1 winner, Tuesday night, against Marysville-Pilchuck.

The winner of that game has a shot at the third and final state playoff berth from District 1, if they a win a 4 p.m. Saturday game at Edmonds Stadium against the winner of Arlington and Shorewood.

Glacier Peak faces off against Edmonds-Woodway, a 2-1 winner over Shorewood, at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Edmonds Stadium. Winner of that game takes the No. 1 seed to the state 3A tournament from District 1. Edmonds-Woodway and Glacier Peak tied 2-2 in their previous meeting this season.

Meadowdale and Glacier Peak played an evenly-matched first half with both teams launching four shots on goal.

Both goalkeepers played well, with Lindgren and Glacier Peak’s Sahm Noorfeshan making four saves apiece.

Glacier Peak fired off eight shots on goal to Meadowdale’s six.

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