Tumwater 3, Yelm 0

(Tumwater, WA) This non-league match came down to stoppage time where Tumwater’s Austin Mikesh flourished.

Austin Mikesh battles for the ball
Austin Mikesh battles for the ball

Tumwater opened the season with Montesano on Monday and dualed to a 0-0 tie and came in looking for their 1st goal of the season. It appeared the T-Birds would 120-minutes into the season scoreless when Mikesh struck twice in the 38th and 39th minutes.

Yelm was playing their 2nd of 3 matches all in a row losing to Timberline on Tuesday night 3-2 in SSC league play. Coach Jay Dorhauer said he planned on a high rotation and he certainly played with a heavy rotation. Tumwater’s Coach Brett Bartlett also subbed willingly throughout the contest.

Dorhauer subbed in 5 players with less than 4 minutes to play in the 1st half and the T-Birds seemingly took advantage of the Tornados who were trying to get in synch. Mikesh scored his 1st goal taking a long pass downfield beat 1 defender and fired a shot into the right corner for the goal getting the ball past Yelm keeper Patrick Jannelle. Jannelle had a couple of big stops and was closing in on a shut out when Mikesh scored.

Mikesh would get an insurance goal in the 39th when Nathan Seaman perfectly threw a pass to Mikesh who had outrun the defense and shot a bullet to the left side and hit just inside of the post for the score to make it 2-0 at the break. This play also earned our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.

The 2nd half saw several opportunities to add to their lead but had to wait again for stoppage time where Mikesh finished off the scoring on a mistake by the Tornado’s 2nd half keeper Kevin Wright. Wright went to clear a ball but ended up kicking it right at Mikesh just after a run and score attempt. Mikesh hesitated and drew Wright out and easily lobbed the ball over his head for the easy goal.

Tumwater is now 1-0-1 and will play at Camas on Friday while Yelm drops to 0-2-0 and faces North Thurston in another league game on Thursday. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Tumwater’s Austin Mikesh for obvious reasons and to Yelm’s Gavin Stewart who played nearly the entire game for the Tornados and had a solid effort in all aspects of the game.

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