LAUREL - The Meridian boys' soccer team outplayed Seattle Academy but were unable to overcome an early goal in its 1-0 loss in the first round of the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament on Tuesday, May 7, at Whatcom Community College.
The Trojans out-shot Seattle Academy 13-2 and dominated possession for most of the game, but couldn't find the goal.
"Sometimes you play a game where you are the better team but you still just lose," Meridian coach Joe Spencer said. "We just couldn't finish today. I think the first half we came out a little fragile and sat on our hands because we didn't want to make a mistake."
Meridian had to defend more in the first few minutes of the game as Seattle Academy had both of its best chances in the first 30 minutes, but Spencer said he wasn't worried about his defense throughout the game.
Spencer said his defensive line is solid and that he thought the goal wasn't from a dangerous spot.
"It was a good shot, but it wasn't dangerous and it was from 20 yards out," Spencer said. "I thought the defense stayed really organized and handled it well."
Luca Barsher scored the goal in the 19th minute for Seattle Academy after the ball wasn't cleared in the box. Barsher was able to turn with the ball and put it past the keeper in the lower left corner.
Goalkeeper Patrick Carlson said he takes the blame for the goal, but that he wasn't worried either after giving up the goal.
"I completely trust our defense," Carlson said. "They are a great group of seniors and even though this is my first year playing they made it so I didn't have to do a whole lot."
Carlson hadn't played soccer before this season but was able to help put his team in the postseason.
Spencer said Carlson has done everything he has wanted all year and that this game was no different. He came off his line at the right times and was able to stay organized and in control.
The second half just wouldn't go Meridian's way though.
Meridian had 10 of its 13 shots in the second half and was able to break down Seattle Academy's defense as Tomas Alvarado and Junior Castro were able to get behind the defense and find space.
"Our possession was a lot better in the second half," Spencer said. "We were attacking as a whole unit and moved the ball well and were in control going forward."
But the Trojans struggled to find the right shot and the attack felt rushed as more time went on.
"We're going to miss a lot these seniors next year," Spencer said. "Some of these guys have played most games since coming in as freshmen and it will be tough to see them go. It was a lot of fun."
Meridian is out of the postseason with the loss.
SEATTLE ACADEMY 1, MERIDIAN 0
Scoring: Goal: Luca Barsher (SA), time: 19:00. Shots on goal: SA 2; Meridian 13. Goalies (saves): SA: Jeremy Moss (10); Meridian: Patrick Carlson (1).