Baker falls short in bid for second playoff comeback


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.


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).

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