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By David Pan 

Mavericks claim state berth with shootout victory | Boys soccer

 


Meadowdale junior goalkeeper Kyle Houk came up huge for the second straight game.

With the Mavericks and arch rival Edmonds-Woodway tied at 4 after five rounds of a shootout, Houk pounced on the Warriors’ sixth shot for the save. Freshman Ethan Borland then booted the game-winning penalty kick to lift Meadowdale to a 2-1 victory over the Warriors in a District 1 boys soccer semifinal game Tuesday, May 7, at Shoreline Stadium.

The victory clinched the Mavericks’ first state berth since 2005. Meadowdale will take on Wesco 3A champion Marysville-Pilchuck in the district championship game at 5 p.m., Friday May 10, at Shoreline Stadium.

“I don’t know the last time Meadowdale was at state,” Houk said. “It feels good.”

The Mavericks edged Snohomish 2-1 in a district quarterfinal game that also went to a shootout on Saturday, May 4. Meadowdale converted on its first three PKs and Houk recorded three saves.

“It’s been top notch,” Meadowdale coach Michael Nelson said of Houk’s play in the postseason. “Playing keeper is one of the hardest positions, especially when it comes to PKs. He’s out there on an island. He did well. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

Houk said he had an inkling on which side Edmonds-Woodway was going to attempt its shot. He was right.

“It almost comes down to a guessing game with some knowledge,” Nelson said. “He played it well the last two games.”

The Mavericks (13-5) have been practicing penalty kicks for the last two weeks and Houk had a good feeling when Borland made his approach.

“I had confidence in him,” Houk said.

Sophomore River Stewart gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 53rd minute. Then with about six minutes left in the game, Edmonds-Woodway senior Gian Rodriques headed the ball in for the game-tying goal and the Warriors appeared to seize the momentum. Meadowdale withstood Edmonds-Woodway’s push for the win in regulation.

The Warriors face Squalicum in a winner-to-state/loser-out game at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at Shoreline Stadium. Meadowdale, which lost 2-1 to Edmonds-Woodway during the regular season, also fell 3-1 to Marysville-Pilchuck in late March match-up.

This story was updated with new date and time for the district championship game.

 

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