Marauders edge Timberwolves 3-2 in double overtime | Boys soccerMariner falls behind 1-0 early in second half
Mariner took Jackson’s best shot and still emerged with a hard-fought victory.
Senior Roman Voloshchuk scored with less than a minute left in the second overtime period to lift the Marauders to a 3-2 victory over the Timberwolves in a Wesco 4A boys soccer game Wednesday, April 12, at Goddard Stadium.
Mariner (6-2 in the league, 8-2 overall) appeared to be on its way to a 2-1 victory in regulation when the referee called a foul on the Marauders near their own goal, resulting in a penalty kick with about two minutes left in the game.
Jackson’s Evan Kim converted the penalty kick to tie the score at 2 and send the game into overtime.
“Jackson came out here and gave it all they had,” Mariner coach Vince DeSimone said.
Wolfpack coach Brett Norton was pleased with how the Timberwolves (2-5-1 2-5-3) played against a Mariner squad currently in second place in the league.
“This is one of the best teams in the league, one of the best teams I’ve seen play in a while,” Norton said. “We played with them and we played them well. I think it was a great night for us.”
Mariner blanked Jackson 4-0 to open league play in late March.
“They are a much better team than the first time we played them,” DeSimone said. “They’ve improved.”
Though the Marauders had some opportunities in the first half, they couldn’t connect and the two squads battled to a scoreless first half.
Connor Clark scored in the 56th minute to give Jackson a 1-0 lead. The lead and whatever momentum the Wolfpack had didn’t last long, as two minutes later Mariner’s Luis Zuniga-Bedolla responded with a goal to tie the score at 1. Teammate Edward Katynskiy followed a goal in the 65th minute to give the Marauders a 2-1 advantage.
DeSimone was confidant Mariner would respond after falling behind 1-0 in the second half.
“A good team is going to come back no matter what and give it their best,” he said.
The winning goal was a matter of Mariner taking advantage of a somewhat chaotic situation in front of the Jackson goal.
“It was a ball that bounced around in the box a couple of times and they got to it before we did and put it away,” Norton said. “Sometimes that’s how the ball bounces.”
DeSimone is looking to settle on a lineup in the defense and despite a decent performance he still hasn’t come to a final decision.
“We’re still not 100 percent,” DeSimone said. “We’re much better the last five games. We’ve played solid. … This game was another game for us to get the defense top notch. They got two goals. It’s not top notch.”
With the second half of the regular season under way, the Marauders face the only two teams to hand them league losses – Kamiak on Tuesday, April 18 (after the Beacon’s deadline) and first place Glacier Peak on Tuesday, April 25.