Shorewood boys soccer keep their season alive with win over Arlington

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Theo Steinmetz in game against Lynnwood 4-3-17
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Shorewood boys soccer team kept their season alive by beating Arlington 3-1 Tuesday night at Shoreline Stadium in a loser-out District One tournament game.

Arlington scored in the game's first minute, capitalizing on a bad T-Birds pass. Senior captain Jack Bong, bound for WSU next year, wondered "is this going to be my last soccer game?". But Bong's teammates picked him up and saw to it there'd be at least one more game for the T-Birds.

Senior Ilya Panek knotted the game midway through the first half after senior Chris Gerbino's long throw-in made it to the far post. Gerbino has proven to be a consistent threat all season with his ability to get extra distance on his throws.

"I played a couple of seasons of water polo, I think that's where my throwing ability comes from", Gerbino said after the game.

SW used another long Gerbino throw to break the tie ten minutes into the second half when Ben Grant headed in the game-winning goal. And Grant provided some insurance not two minutes later when Theo Steinmetz took a free kick from Liam Ammador-Emmons down the left side, beat his defender around the corner, and found Grant in front of the net.

"Liam played a good ball to me. I tried to get the ball inside and Ben was there", said Steinmetz.

The T-Birds (8-8-2) will square off against previously unbeaten Squalicum (16-1-1) in a loser-out / winner-to-state game Thursday at 7pm at Shoreline Stadium. Squalicum dropped to the losers' bracket when they lost to Lynnwood, 2-1 Tuesday.

--Frank Workman


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