Mariner dominates 2nd half | Boys soccerDibba scores pair of goals to help lead Mariner to 3-0 win over Cascade
Mariner loosened up a stingy Cascade defense by moving extra bodies forward.
The added offensive players resulted in more room for senior forward Bakary Dibba to work with and he responded with two goals to help lead the Marauders to a 3-0 victory over the Bruins in a Wesco 4A boys soccer game Monday, April 10, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, Dibba gave Mariner a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 46th minute. The Mariner standout scored 12 minutes later to extend his team’s lead. Junior forward Abdulkader Al-Bayati added a third goal with about a minute left in the contest.
“We put in the work today I felt,” Dibba said. “Every practice we take it seriously. It all shows up in the game.”
Mariner (5-2 in the league, 7-2 overall) wasn’t able to generate much offense in the first half due to the Bruins’ tight defense. Dibba wasn’t able to run freely.
“The first half he was getting jammed,” Mariner coach Vince DeSimone said. “He wanted to get in space. … Their defense was compact, so we had to spread their defense.
Moving two players up forced Cascade to spread out its defense and opened the field up for Dibba.
“He was getting free and understanding things better in the second half,” DeSimone said.
With the first half of the regular season wrapped up, DeSimone said that he is finally figuring out the Marauders’ defense. The Mariner coach has tinkered with his defensive lineup four times since the start of the season.
“We’re still trying to build the defense,” he said. “We have a lot of players. All the players we have here, they want to be strikers. They all want to go out there and strike and score. So it’s been tough rearranging the defense three, four times with different people back there.”
But the shutout by the Mariner defense against a big Cascade team has DeSimone thinking that he might be ready to settle on a lineup.
The defense faltered in both of Mariner’s league losses to Kamiak and Glacier Peak, Dibba said.
“Defensively, we could have done way, way better,” he said. “That’s where it all starts.”
DeSimone agreed that the Marauders hadn’t figured out their defense when they played the Knights and Grizzlies last month. Mariner faces Kamiak on Tuesday, April 18, and Glacier Peak on Tuesday, April 25.
“We were not set up yet on defense,” DeSimone said. “Now we’re playing much better. We’re looking forward to playing Kamiak and Glacier Peak. We’ll be ready for them.”