Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
The Mountlake Terrace girls soccer team went toe-to-toe against the state’s top ranked 3A squad, the Meadowdale Mavericks, Thursday night, coming up just short 1-0 at Edmonds Stadium.
The only goal of the match came in the second minute of the second half off the foot of Meadowdale senior forward Tisha Parsley, who beat Hawk junior goalkeeper Amanda Aversano with a low shot from a sharp angle. It was Aversano’s only miscue of the match, as she kept Mountlake Terrace in it with one save after another. Her best was a dive to her right to push aside a low drive by Parsley in the 22nd minute of the second half.
The Hawks had scoring chances of their own denied by good keeper play. Senior forward Ashlee Hoyt had the best opportunity to put the Hawks on the board with a header in the 28th minute of the second half, but the shot was smothered by the Mavericks’ sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Routh.
Meadowdale (12-0) has had a dream season, keeping opponents scoreless seven times in their 12 matches. On the offensive end, the Mavericks had been averaging more than three goals per match prior to their tilt with the Hawks (4-7-1) Thursday night.
Mountlake Terrace Head Coach Jerry Myers was pleased with the overall play of his squad against the state’s top team. “It was a moral victory,” he said. “They got us pretty good the first time we played.” Meadowdale beat the Hawks 3-1 in the second game of the season back on Sept. 11.
The Hawks next see action on Tuesday, Oct. 16, when they take on the Glacier Peak Grizzlies at Lynnwood High School at 7:30 p.m. Glacier Peak’s only victory of the year was on Sept. 13 when they beat the Hawks 1-0 at Snohomish.