The Meridian boys' soccer team defeated Mount Baker 1-0 in the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament third-place game on Saturday, May 4, at Whatcom Community College.
Both Meridian and Mount Baker will advance to the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament which begins on Tuesday, May 7.
With the offense at a premium, Oswaldo Zamora's goal in the 20th minute off an assist by Tomas Alvarado was enough to give the Trojans home-field advantage in the first round at Tri-Districts.
"On the line was hosting a game on Tuesday or traveling down to Bellevue, and we felt it was pretty important to get up for that," Meridian coach Joe Spencer said in a phone interview. "We got up and played hard. All in all, we played a pretty smart game."
The Trojans' stingy defense was on display in the win, only allowing their keeper, Patrick Carlson, to touch the ball three or four times, Spencer added.
"Patrick played fine, but it goes back to the defense," Spencer said. "It was fantastic... Our back four played really, really good."
For Spencer and his team, it becomes a waiting game of seeing who they will face next.
"Its doing the same thing, playing with passion, staying organized and playing as hard as we can," he said about their impending first-round matchup.
MERIDIAN 1, MOUNT BAKER 0
Scoring: Goal: Oswaldo Zamora (Meridian), assist: Tomas Alvarado, time: 20:00. Shots on goal: Mount Baker NA; Meridian NA. Goalies (saves): Mount Baker: Bryce Logan (NA). Meridian: Patrick Carlson (NA).