No. 1 Shorewood holds off Chief Sealth, 2-1 | 3A Boys Soccer

Saturday, May 19, 2012

(From our news partner, The Seattle Times)

Top-ranked Shorewood's boys’ soccer team is still unbeaten after beating Chief Sealth 2-1 Wednesday night at Shoreline Stadium in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. 
The Thunderbirds (20-0) will host fifth-ranked Bainbridge in the quarterfinals Saturday at Shoreline Stadium.
From the start, Shorewood applied pressure defensively, blocking Seahawks passes and shots. 
Hayk Avanesyan's goal for the Thunderbirds in the 49th minute visibly deflated the Seahawks. 
"We moved the ball around a lot and tired them out by the second half," said Shorewood goalkeeper Daniel Nadeau. "It really helped our defense."

Shorewood plays host to Bainbridge at noon Saturday at Shoreline Stadium after the 2-1 first-round victory over seventh-ranked Chief Sealth of West Seattle Wednesday.

The winner of the Shorewood-Bainbridge game advances to the State semifinals and finals May 25-26 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

The Shorewood-Bainbridge winner would play in the first of two semifinal games against the winner of a quarterfinal match Saturday between two Southwest Washington schools, Mountain View of Vancouver and second-ranked Camas.

In Shorewood’s 2-1 victory over Sealth Wednesday, after Avanesyan gave the Thunderbirds the lead with an unassisted goal, Eugene Holley added another unassisted goal in the 73rd minute before Sealth ended the shutout in the 75th minute. The Sealth goal was only the fourth scored against the T-birds in 20 games.

Bainbridge comes into the Saturday game with a 14-2-4 record after a 5-0 first-round victory over Hazen of Renton at Renton Memorial Stadium Wednesday.


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