In an attempt to avenge a 4-0 earlier this season, the Mountlake Terrace High School girls soccer team stood toe-to-toe against the Wesco 3A South conference leaders Shorecrest Scots on Thursday night, even grabbing an early lead against the visitors. But in the end the deeper Scots were able to take advantage of a couple of breaks and prevail 2-1 in a match played at Lynnwood High School.
With the win, Shorecrest clinched the top seed in the District 1 3A tournament starting Nov. 2; despite the loss Terrace holds on to second place in the Wesco 3A South Conference and is in line to host an opening round playoff match.
Hawk Head Coach Evan Hatch wasn’t too disappointed with the result against the Scots on Thursday. “Shorecrest is a great team; there’s a reason why they are in first place in our division, but I feel good about how well we played them this time,” he said. “I have a feeling that it’s not the last time this season that we will see them actually.”
“It’s good to show that we can be leading in a game against them, and keep it close. And next time we definitely will hope for a win against them,” he added.
The Hawks took that early lead just six minutes into the match when senior Maddy Kristjanson found some open space in the 18-yard box and headed in a cross off an Allison Lorraine corner kick. It’s a combination that Terrace often looks for – “I feel like a lot of times when Allison takes corners or free kicks I’m wide open,” Kristjanson explained.
Hatch was pleased with the energy his squad showed early in the match. “There were some times there in the first half where our team shape and our offense was energetic, to say the least,” he said. “And that’s a definite improvement from the last time we played them and some of our other games.”
After their sluggish start, Shorecrest pushed deep into Terrace territory later in the first half, forcing Hawk goalkeeper Amanda Aversano into making a couple tough saves off a Sophia Viviano drive in the 17th minute and a Kate Hildahl header in the 32nd minute.
The Scots were finally able to get on the scoreboard in the 35th minute of the first half after getting a free kick opportunity just outside the 18-yard box on a controversial interference call on Kristjanson. The free kick was hit to the far post where Hildahl’s header this time got past Aversano, tying the match at the half 1-1.
Shorecrest continued the offensive pressure in the second half. In the 16th minute a cross in front of the Hawk goal slipped past Aversano and two Terrace defenders onto the waiting foot of Scot Hailey Wicken for an easy tap-in goal at the far post.
The Hawks’ best scoring chance of the second half came when junior Riley Zucker grabbed a loose ball inside the six-yard box, turned and got off a shot, but her attempt was tipped just enough by Scot goalkeeper Frida Swensen so that the ball trickled just outside the right goal post.
Their first match against the Scots back on Sept. 24 was still on the mind of some of the Hawk players after Thursday’s loss. “It was definitely a lot better than the first time we played Shorecrest,” Kristjanson stated. “It was hard because Nikki (Friehlich) got hurt and McKenna (Hunt) was already hurt and Christina was hurt, so we were definitely down a couple of key players. But I think we stayed strong and held with them, and stuck with them.”
Friehlich went down in the first minutes of Thursday’s match with an apparent sprained ankle, but is expected to be back for next week’s final two matches of the regular season against Marysville-Gretchel and Shorewood. Hunt suffered a concussion a week ago in a match against Meadowdale; Hatch said he hopes the junior defender will be able to rejoin the squad next week.
MTHS Girls Soccer: Shorecrest 2 – Mountlake Terrace 1
Goal scorers: Maddy Kristjanson (MT), 6th minute of first half
Kate Hildahl (SC), 35th minute of first half
Hailey Wicken (SC), 16th minute
Records: Mountlake Terrace 7-4-0 in Wesco league play, 9-5-0 overall; Shorecrest 10-1-0, 12-1-1
MTHS next match: versus Marysville-Getchell, Monday, Oct. 28. 8:00 p.m. at Marysville-Getchell High School
– Story and photos by Doug Petrowski