In a bruising, physical opening match of the 2015 season, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks took some hard knocks as they conceded two goals early in the second half and fell to the Ballard Beavers 2-0 Saturday at Ballard High School.
The Hawks will open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, Mar. 17, against the visiting Redmond Mustangs. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the loss on the scoreboard Saturday, Terrace limped out of the match against Ballard with two significant injuries: Alec Somers fell hard on his back while battling for possession of the ball late in the second half, had to be helped to the bench and did not return. Earlier Gavin Scott took the full force of a kicked ball square in the face and fell immediate to the turf. After a long delay Scott was helped off the field, into the school for care, then transferred to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
The status of Somers and Scott for upcoming games was not immediately known.
Hawk head coach George Dremousis was disappointed with the roughness of the opening day match. “I think Ballard played a little bit too aggressive for the first game,” he said. “They were coming in late, a lot of after-the-ball stuff that was a little bit unnecessary. We had a few guys get injured.”
While the two teams shared possession of the ball fairly equally in the first half, Ballard wore down the Hawks and controlled play for most of the second half. The Beavers scored their first goal just a few minutes after the halftime break when sophomore Max Berner-Hayes elevated above Terrace defenders to head in a corner kick.
Less than two minutes later Beaver defender Isle Raftery, a junior, struck a bullet into the upper right-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards out for Ballard’s second goal.
A potential third goal by the Beavers was thwarted in the game’s last minute when Terrace goalkeeper Genaro Ruiz stopped a penalty kick with a startling diving save.
Beyond the bumps and bruises Terrace came out of the game knowing what aspects of their play need attention. “First games are good because they show us what we need to work on,” Dremousis said. “We need to really work on our midfield. Midfield really didn’t address the ball well today.”
Prep boys soccer: Mountlake Terrace at Ballard
Terrace 0 0 — 0
Ballard 0 2 — 2
Goal scorers: Max Berner-Hayes (Ballard); Isle Raftery (Ballard)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-1-0; Ballard 1-0-0
MTHS next match: vs. Redmond, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Lynnwood High School
– Story and photos by Doug Petrowski