With second half goals by Isabel Kembel and Maddie Powers, Mountlake Terrace came from behind to slip past Everett 3-2 in a Wesco 3A girls soccer matchup Tuesday at Lincoln Field in Everett.
The victory was the first for the Hawks over a league opponent this season and the first win picked up on the road.
Mountlake Terrace wasted little time after the halftime break to erase a 2-1 deficit when, eight minutes into the second half, Kembel raced down the right side, past Seagulls goalkeeper Megan Dedrick, and scored on a long, sharp angle shot.
Then in the 61st minute, Powers blasted a left-footed shot into the far right-side netting off a rebound of a shot by teammate Claire Zucker for the game-winning goal.
The two second-half goals were results generated from a strong attack by the Hawks throughout the second 40 minutes of the match. “I was proud of the offense we had in the second half for a couple of reasons: we were particularly creative and particularly poised with the ball,” said Mountlake Terrace coach Evan Hatch. “We’ve been trying to work on maintaining possession and not getting overly excited, giving the ball away due to too many nerves and not enough confidence on the ball.”
Hatch noted that keeping ball possession turned into scoring chances for the Hawks. “We had a number of different shots of frame tonight, much more so than usual,” he added.
While pleased with his entire team’s effort, Hatch was especially happy with the work of his two second-half goal scorers, Powers and Kembel.
“Maddie Powers had a great game tonight, really hustling to make sure she was the first to the loose balls, especially when she capitalized on her shot to put us ahead,” Hatch said. “Isabel Kembel continues to be a threat whenever she gets the ball. She’s able to keep possession of it and create a dangerous opportunity.”
The Hawks had numerous chances for more goals on Tuesday, and not just in the second half. Powers put the ball into the Everett goal just two minutes into the game, but the play was nullified due to an offside’s call. Later in the first half, Kembel has turned away twice by diving saves of Dedrick.
“Hats off their (Everett’s) goalie,” Hatch said. “Their goalie tonight was one of the stronger goalies we’ve played against. She really kept their team in the game a lot.”
Zucker started the Mountlake Terrace scoring in the 11th minute when she ripped a shot past Dedrick into the lower right corner from the top of the 18-yard box to tie the score at 1-1.
The three goals Tuesday matched the total scoring Mountlake Terrace has had in their past five games total, a turnaround that has Hatch optimistic going into the final stretch of the season. “The whole team, I think, is starting to come together,” he said. “We just need to have more confidence in our ability.”
The Hawks have six games remaining in the regular season, beginning with a strong Stanwood Spartans squad on Thursday, Oct. 8. Kickoff at Edmonds Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
In other MTHS action on Tuesday, the undefeated Shorewood T-Birds easily got by the winless Hawks 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) in volleyball, while the Kamiak Knights drenched Terrace 150-20 in girls swimming.
— By Doug Petrowski
Prep Girls Soccer: Mountlake Terrace at Everett
Terrace 1 2 — 3
Everett 2 0 — 2
Lucy Guyer (EHS), assisted by Megan Gordon, in the 7th minute
Claire Zucker (MTHS), assisted by Julia Hart, in the 11th minute
Kate Garton (EHS), assisted by Megan Gordon, in the 17th minute
Isabel Kembel (MTHS), unassisted, in the 48th minute
Maddie Powers (MTHS), assisted by Claire Zucker, in the 61th minute
Records: Mountlake Terrace 1-5-0 in Wesco 3A, 3-6-0 overall; Everett 0-5-2, 1-8-2
Mountlake Terrace next match: vs. Stanwood, Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
Prep Volleyball: Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood
Shorewood 3, Mountlake Terrace 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16)
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-6 in Wesco 3A, 0-8 overall; Shorewood 5-0, 8-0
Mountlake Terrace next match: vs. Arlington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
Prep Girls Swim: Kamiak at Mountlake Terrace
Kamiak 150, Mountlake Terrace 20
Mountlake Terrace next meet: at Dive Qualifier, Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. at Mariner High School in Everett