Hazen loses in first round at state, 5-0

May 31, 2012

By Terry Wood

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Scoring two goals in the first three minutes, Bainbridge High School quickly set the tone for what became a 5-0 runaway over Hazen High School on May 16 at Renton Stadium in a first-round match of the Class 3A boys soccer tournament.

Sophomore Peter Fawley and junior Sebastian Scales put home close-range blasts to give fifth-ranked Bainbridge (14-2-4) irreversible early momentum as the Spartans cruised into the quarterfinals against top-ranked Shorewood.

Hazen finished 9-6-4.

“A quick start always makes it comfortable,” said Bainbridge coach George Vukic, whose team’s 12-match unbeaten streak ended last week when Lakeside scored twice in the first six minutes of a 2-1 victory over the Spartans. “It helps you get your rhythm and break the ice.”

The Spartans did that in the opening minutes, and followed with another close-in goal in the 23rd minute by Will Economy.

Scales added another goal in the 44th minute on a nice assist from Fawley, and junior defender Jesse Moore made it 5-0 in the 64th minute with a header off an assist from Michael Crowley.

Vukic acknowledged that it’s better to start 2-0 early than fall behind 0-2 as Bainbridge did against Lakeside.

“It was difficult to reel in the emotions after that kind of start,” Vukic said. “Here, we did a good job of executing our plan.”

Hazen had multiple good looks at the goal. Jalen Conway and Ryan Wong had shots that barely went over the crossbar, and Sam Bunnell and Jordan Lewison had near-misses on long blasts.

“We buried ourselves early,” Hazen coach Ken Matthews said. “We were nervous. I understand that. None of these guys had been to state before, and we’ve not played anyone close to this all year.

“But I’m really proud of the guys for what they did this year,” he added. “They’ve come so far, not just with wins, but grades and discipline and being solid citizens. They’ve responded so well.”

 

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