Fired-up Mariner takes down Kamiak in rematch | Boys soccer

Trailing 1-0, Marauders score 4 unanswered goals
By David Pan | May 01, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Brandon Verduzco chases after the ball during a Wesco 4A game against Kamiak Friday, April 26, at Goddard Stadium.

All it took was one goal for Mariner to get fired up.

Senior Harrison Rohrbough scored to give Kamiak a 1-0 lead in a Wesco 4A boys soccer clash.

The Knights’ advantage didn’t last long, though.

Mariner senior Antonio Latino tied the score about a minute later and Hesenaine Al-Nassary and Edgar Guzman quickly followed with two more goals before halftime and the Marauders went on to beat the Knights 4-1 Friday, April 26, at Goddard Stadium.

Al-Nassary added the fourth goal in the second half for Mariner, which lost to its district rival 3-1 in early April.

“We just were really on tonight,” Mariner coach Henry Busch said. “Our boys are really starting to play really good soccer. I think we’re playing the best soccer of the season right now. We’re starting to put everything together.”

Friday’s game was only the third of the season for Al-Nassary, who was hurt during the first half the season.

“He’s just been really turning it out for us,” Busch said. “Edgar Guzman has just been playing really good soccer. … We’re just starting to click as a team now.”

Mariner’s defense was caught off guard by Rohrbough and the Knights early in the game.

“Our boys really started communicating and just kind of shut them down,” Busch said. “They had a really good guy up top that was giving us trouble at the beginning of the game. Our two center backs figured that out. We were able to lock up the back.”

Al-Nassary liked how the offense dictated the flow of play.

“We put pressure on them,” he said. “We never let them get a chance to do what they wanted to do. We controlled the game the whole time.”

Being healthy and fielding their entire lineup also made a major difference in Al-Nassary’s view.

“We had a couple players missing (in the first game against Kamiak),” he said. “We just got better as a team.”

Knights coach Kosta Pitharoulis said that Kamiak did not match Mariner’s intensity.

“We had a lot of chances and unfortunately we didn’t put them away,” he said. “It really came down to that Mariner was fired up to play. They played hard for 80 minutes. I don’t know that they had more opportunities than we did. But they put them away, the ones that they did create.”

Some of the Knights’ offensive struggles can be traced to the play of junior goalkeeper Ebou Barrow, who made several spectacular saves.

“He’s just having an all-time season,” Busch said. “I would say he’s one of the top goalies in the league. He just keeps coming up with big save after big save. That really helps the team to have the confidence in the goalie in the back.”

Pitharoulis said the Knights need to be playing all out in these final games of the regular season.

“Mariner gets up for this game and we didn’t,” he said. “They always do when they play us. Sometimes we don’t bring the same intensity that we need to.”

With Monday’s 3-0 victory over Glacier Peak Mariner (7-5-1 in the league, 9-5-1 overall) moved into a tie with Kamiak (7-4-1, 8-5-1) for third place in the league. The Knights were scheduled to face first place Jackson on Tuesday, April 30 after the Beacon’s deadline, and close out the regular season at Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 2. Mariner was set to face Cascade on Tuesday, April 30.

The top five teams advance to the Wes-King 4A District tournament, which starts Saturday, May 4.

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