The Mount Baker boys' soccer team fell short in its bid to reach the championship game of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament after losing to South Whidbey 2-1 on Thursday, May 2, at South Whidbey.
The Falcons opened up the match with a goal in the 39th minute by Steve Lyons, something Mount Baker coach Jason Jorgensen attributed to fatigue following Wednesday's first-round, come-from-behind win over Nooksack Valley.
"We were missing just a little bit of spark," Jorgensen said in a phone interview.
After heading into halftime with a 1-0 deficit, the Mountaineers answered back just two minutes into the half with an Edgar Zavala goal off a cross by Roman Vetkov.
"We had a good halftime talk, and the guys came out on fire and scored," Jorgensen said.
But just as fast as Mount Baker evened the score at 1-1, South Whidbey answered with what ended up being the game-winning goal eight minutes later by Sam Turpin.
As if they didn't face an uphill battle already, Jorgensen said Zavala, who scored Mount Baker's only goal, sustained a "really bad injury" that left him unable to return.
Mount Baker will move on to play Meridian on Saturday, May 5, in the third-place game at Whatcom Community College at noon for seeding at the Tri-District tournament.
SOUTH WHIDBEY 2, MOUNT BAKER 1
Scoring: Goal: Steve Lyons (South Whidbey), assist: NA, time: 39:00; Goal; Goal: Edgar Zavala (team), assist: Roman Vetkov, time: 42:00; Goal: Sam Turpin (South Whidbey), assist: NA, time: 50:00. Shots on goal: MB 14; South Whidbey 14. Goalies (saves): MB: Bryce Logan (9); South Whidbey: NA (9).