The Meridian boys' soccer team shut down Ferndale in a 2-0 win in a Northwest Conference game Wednesday, April 17, at Meridian High School.
"I thought we played pretty well," Meridian coach Joe Spencer said in a phone interview. "Ferndale is a tough team to play against because of Michael Steele. He is an incredible player but our defense stayed organized and handled him well and we were able to sneak in a couple goals."
Tomas Alvarado scored first in the 24th minute off a pass from Jake Birnel.
"Jake really kept us organized and we played well on the ground today," Spencer said. "Jeremy Ryan had the job of marking Steele and he was really good today."
Oswaldo Zamora scored Meridian's second goal to seal the win in the 50th minute.
Patrick Carlson earned the shut out in goal for the Trojans (3-1-4 NWC, 5-3-4).
Spencer said he decided to double Steele the entire game and was pleased to see his players play smart and shut him down.
Ferndale (2-7-0 NWC, 2-11-0) coach Scott Browne said he thought Meridian had four or five guys on Steele the entire game and his team just wasn't able to find him.
"We are going to get our chances when we can and we will make the most of them," Browne said in a phone interview. "We played a little bit better than we did last time and it was an improvement. Meridian plays their field well and we played better against them than we did against LC but we still have a ways to go."
The Golden Eagles host Squalicum in a Northwest Conference match Friday, April 19, while Meridian travels to Burlington-Edison.
MERIDIAN 2, FERNDALE 0
Scoring: Goal: Tomas Alvarado (Meridian), assist: Jake Birnel, time: 24:00; Goal: Oswaldo Zamora (Meridian), time: 50:00.