2A Tournament

Link to WIAA Bracket

1st Round Match-ups (All are Loser Out Games)

Tuesday, May 16

Kingston 2, Ridgefield 1

Game re-cap  in The Columbian

ArchBishop Murphy 6, Grandview 1

Game Story by Doug Flanagan in the Everett Herald

Cedarcrest 2, Aberdeen 0

Game Story by Rob Burns in the Daily World

Lindbergh 3, Cheney 1

Mountlake Terrace 7, Tyee 1

Game Story by Matt Massey in the Seattle Times

Game Story in the Everett Herald

Highline 4, Columbia River 3 (shoot out)

Game Story by Micah Rice in the Columbian

Toppenish 3, Fife 2

Game Re-Cap in the News Tribune

Game Story in the Yakima Herald

East Valley (Yakima) 2, North Kitsap 0



1A Tournament

Link to WIAA State Tournament Bracket

1st Round Match-ups (All are Loser Out Games)

Tuesday, May 16

Wahluke 3, Chelan 2

Seattle Academy 3, Cashmere 1

Cascade 1, Royal 0

Connell 1, Brewster 0

The Bush School 3, Hoquiam 0

Game Story in the Daily World

Seattle Christian 1, White Salmon 0

Charles Wright 2, King’s 0

Game Re-Cap in the News Tribune

Wednesday, May 17

Overlake 1, United (Toledo-Winlock) 0

(Centralia, WA)  The Overlake Owls rolled into Centralia Tiger Stadium knowing they would have their hands full with the 17-1 United team. The Owls even having to travel a lot further had the advantage early in the match because they play most if not all of their games on turf while United plays most of their games on natural turf.

United Coach Horst Malunat knew it would take a little time for his squad to get up to the pace the game is played on turf over natural grass. He said this is not an excuse but even with practice on the field there is nothing that replaces game speed and the nuances of playing on turf over natural grass.

The sought to take advantage of that in the first 15 minutes with an aggressive offensive push. Lucas Tsilas, Blaise Beachman and Esteban Sanchez tested the backline and keeper for United time and again. But that defense would not give in and gave the United offense time to get used to the faster pace. Keeper Alan Contreras came up with some huge saves with tons of help from David VanVleck, Dawson Hall and Brandon Cruz.

The United offense with their legs under them started to counter trying to lob passes down to Gustavo Barragan and Andreas Malunat while mid-fielder Jonathan VanVleck added some attacks up the middle. But neither team could find a gap that would put the ball past either Contreras or Overlake’s Luke Brezak in the 1st half for the Owls.

As the 2nd half began you could feel the urgency build on both sides as this felt like one of those matches that one goal, one mistake could be the difference and in the 49th minute it occurred. Beachman took a long pass tried to split defenders and fired a shot. Beachman and 2 defenders collided and fell down while the ball ended up in front of Lucas Tsilas who found himself in the right place and the right time and them more importantly made the right play bu punching it past Contreras who had no chance with the deflection and pile up of bodies in front of him. This play would also be our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.

United mounted several more scoring attempts of trying to get the ball to a breaking Barragan but the Owls not only pressured Barragan especially Joseph Raymond but they also relied on Barragan going offsides and the offsides being called which could be a dangerous thing but the side official called offsides each time. The most dangerous of these situations for the Owls was one particular play where it looked very close as to when Barragan past the defenders in conjunction with when the ball was kicked. You can run past defenders if the ball is in the air and had the offsides not been called Barragan would have had a 1-on-1 with Overlake’s 2nd half keeper Lucas Rojas.

The 1 goal would indeed be the difference in this match and ended United’s season in disappointing fashion. Overlake took a deep breath of relief and basked in a tough fought win but now they know they have to travel not as far this time to Curtis High School on Friday to face the #1 ranked team in the State Charles Wright a team they tied 0-0 earlier in the season. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to Lucas Tsilas of Overlake and David VanVleck for United.

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