Mariner edges Kamiak in thriller, earns No. 2 seed | Boys soccer

Marauders prevail 5-4 over Knights in shootout, take second place in Wesco 4A
By David Pan | May 08, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner goalkeeper Ebou Barrow records a save against Kamiak during a shootout in a Wesco 4A tiebreaker game Friday, May 3, at Goddard Stadium.

Mariner goalkeeper Ebou Barrow played a hunch.

Teammate Edgar Guzman had just scored in the first round of a shootout against Kamiak and Barrow had a feeling where the first shot from Knights was headed.

“People go to the right on a shootout,” Barrow said.

The junior standout was right, as he recorded the only save in the shootout to lead Mariner to a 1-0 victory over Kamiak in a Wesco 4A boys soccer tiebreaker game Friday, May 3, at Goddard Stadium.

All five of the Marauders – Guzman, Jeffery Becerra-Vicente, Antonio Latino, Francisco Llamas and Anthony Garcia-Huerta – converted on their shots, while the Knights made four of their five shot attempts.

The victory meant that Mariner finished in second place in the league and earned a bye. The Marauders (12-5-1 overall) were scheduled to take on Kingco No. 1 seed Mount Si in a Wes-King 4A District game on Tuesday, May 7, after the Beacon’s deadline.

The loss sent the Kamiak (9-9-1) into a loser-out contest against Inglemoor on Saturday, May 4. The Knights, who were playing their third game in three days lost 3-2 in overtime and were eliminated from the playoffs.

“It was a big game and it was a good win,” Barrow said of Friday’s triumph. “I think we’re ready for the playoffs.”

The Marauders were well-prepared for the shootout.

“We practice every day. Every training we do PKs at the end,” Barrow said. “It helps.”

Mariner coach Henry Busch noted that two years ago during their run to the state tournament, the Marauders went through two shootouts.

“We get out and we practice basically all year preparing for this moment,” Busch said. “I want to prepare the boys to be ready for this. That’s what we did and they performed exactly how they needed to.”

Mariner finished the season strong, wining four out of their last five games with the lone blemish a 2-2 tie with Lake Stevens.

“We’re playing our best soccer of the year right now and I think we’re really peaking at a good time,” Busch said. “We’ve kind of had our ups and downs this season. But so far here at the end, we’re just continuing to go up. I think we’re a dangerous team right now.”

Mariner’s victory over their district rival didn’t come easily, as the Marauders fended off three solid shot attempts off of headers by the Knights.

“Our team is small in stature,” Busch said. “So these teams that have really big boys, that’s one of our weak points. It always makes us a little nervous when we’ve got to defend against corner kicks and big throw-ins like they have. They made those plays really dangerous.”

Barrow continued his stellar season with several key saves during the 50 minutes of action. The tiebreaker was played under the rules of the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) handbook, which called for two 20-minute halves and two five-minute overtime periods followed by a shootout.

“I definitely feel confident in him,” Busch said of Barrow. “It’s always nice to just know that we’ve got him on our side and that he can come up with big saves when he needs to.”

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