Hazen boys soccer team finds success despite losses in April

May 7, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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The Hazen High School boys soccer team went 3-4-1 in April, defeating Tyee and Renton high schools, but falling to Highline, Foster, Mount Rainier and Kennedy Catholic high schools.

The Hazen team tied with Evergreen. As of Newcastle News’ deadline May 4, the team’s record was 5-7-1.

The team also played Foster, Highline and Tyee again May 3, 5 and 6, respectively, to close out the season, but these games were after the News’ deadline.

“We’re improving slowly,” said Rich Gouk, Hazen head coach. “We’ve had a couple injuries here and there that were unexpected, but that’s the way it goes.”

Hazen High School’s Jacob Nestvold goes for the ball against Highline High School April 13. Despite many close shots on goal — including some that hit the goal posts — Hazen lost 1-0. By Tim Pfarr

After being shutout by Highline 1-0 at home April 13, the team faced off against Foster on the road. The team fell down by three goals in the first half, but it struck back in the second half with unassisted goals by Jacob Nestvold at 44 minutes and Jonathan Betancourt at 48 minutes, respectively. However, Foster struck again at 57 minutes to secure the win.

On April 16, the team shutout Tyee 3-0 at home thanks to goals by Betancourt, Sam Bunnell and Jordan Lewison. Hazen also shutout Renton April 21 3-0 at home thanks to goals by Jalen Conway, Israel Padilla and Betancourt. Alex Bailey assisted in both Conway and Padilla’s goals.

Mount Rainier shutout Hazen 3-0 on April 26. Next, against Kennedy Catholic on April 28, Hazen fell down 5-0 before its offense fired up with two unassisted goals in quick succession from Israel Padilla. Kennedy Catholic struck once more, as did Hazen, thanks to a goal by Betancourt, making the final score 6-3.

Hazen tied with Evergreen 1-1 on April 30.

Gouk said Betancourt, Bunnell and Patrick Zenka were three of the team’s standout players in April. As of the News’ deadline, Betancourt had six goals and five assists for the season, Bunnell had five goals and five assists, and Zenka had three goals and one assist. Betancourt is the team’s top scorer; Bunnell leads the team in assists.

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