A miscue between defenders led to the lone mistake by the Squalicum boys' soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Sammamish in the Class 2A District 1/2 Tournament first round at Civic Stadium on Saturday, May 4.
"It was a ball that had been crossed in and there was a miscue by a couple players near it," Squalicum coach Joe McAuliffe said in a phone interview. "(Laureano Villasenor) took a shot, and two defenders screed the keeper from seeing it and it got right beneath his chest ... It was well struck and he hit it low."
Villasenor scored the only goal of the game for Sammamish in the 23rd minute of play.
It wasn't as though Squalicum was without chances to win. In the second half, the Storm had two goals called back by the referees.
The first goal was called back due to an offsides call, and the other because the referee thought Squalicum took a penalty kick too soon before the keeper could get ready.
"We took it early and succeeded in getting it in the net, but the referee didn't want the kick to be taken that early," McAuliffe said.
All in all, McAuliffe was pleased with the adjustments his team made coming out of halftime.
"We gave them more opportunities that we should have," McAuliffe said. "The second half, we rallied well, played very well... They had just one opportunity that came close (in the second)."
The Storm will face Archbishop Murphy in a loser-out, winner moves on game on Tuesday, May 7. Squalicum will have to win out through the rest of the Class 2A District 1/2 Tournament to get to the state playoffs.
SAMMAMISH 1, SQUALICUM 0
Scoring: Goal: Laureano Villasenor (Sammamish), assist: NA, time: 23:00. Shots on goal: Sammamish 4; Squalicum 9. Goalies (saves): Sammamish: Conor Robertson (7); Squalicum: Zach Hart (1)/Trenton Langer (3).