Shorecrest holds off Kamiak Second half rally, 3-2

Friday, April 2, 2010

By Wilson Tsoi

MUKILTEO – In an early season showdown between the two remaining undefeated WesCo teams, the State No.-1-ranked Shorecrest raced ahead to a 3-0 lead before Kamiak's late comeback fell short by a goal.

At the 12-minute mark, an uncontested Eli Blauser (#8) headed a Michael Harris flip throw-in for the game first goal. The Scots continued to pressure as Ian Adams (pictured below) beat a Kamiak defender down the left side and scored Shorecrest's second goal in the 21st minute. Six minutes later, a miscommunication in Kamiak's backfield had the goalkeeper come way out of the box as opportunistic Eli Blauser took advantage and calmly shot the ball in for his second goal and a comfortable 3-0 Shorecrest lead.

In the second half, Kamiak significantly decreased the visiting team's comfort zone as it steadily got on a comeback trail. At the 50-minute mark, Shorecrest would give up the first goal of its season as Brian Bae put a lop shot over Shorecrest goalkeeper Eric Baker and closed the gap to 3-1. Kamiak (3-1-2) continued to rally as Jordan Meyers, with open space created by Zach Faller’s heel pass, nailed one in the net at the 75th minute. The 3-2 score, however, would stand as time ran out and the nation’s No. 3 team, Shorecrest (6-0), remain WesCo's only undefeated team. Shorecrest outshot and had more corners than its opponent.  Goalkeeper Caleb Smith made more than a dozen saves for Kamiak.

Shorecrest meets Mountlake Terrace in a live televised game Tuesday at 7 pm at Shoreline Stadium. Mountlake Terrace has a 1-5 record after losing at Jackson Wednesday. The game is available on Channel 26 (Comcast) and 36 (Verizon Fios).

Junior varsity teams from Shorecrest and Mountlake Terrace will play at 5 pm Tuesday.

Photos by Wilson Tsoi


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