Meridian goalkeeper Joe Worley made some great saves, but Anacortes snuck a couple shots past him to top the Trojans 2-1 on Thursday, March 20, at Meridian.
"He couldn't have played better," Meridian coach Joe Spencer said in a phone interview of his freshman netminder. "He was making all the big saves. He's a big kid, so he dominated everything in the air."
Jake Birnell scored Meridian's lone goal in the 22nd minute off of a free kick.
"He overhit it a bit, but it carried in," Spencer said. "I thought my kids brought a lot more spirit and excitement; we were much more organized. I admit Anacortes dominated, but they didn't get anything easy from us."
Meridian looks to bounce back at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Sedro-Woolley.
ANACORTES 2, MERIDIAN 1
Goal: Milan Kassa (Anacortes), time: 11; Goal: Gunnar Ronngren (Anacortes), time: 18; Goal: Jake Birnell (Meridian), time: 22. Shots on goal: No information provided. Goalies (saves) Meridian: Joe Worley (no information provided); Anacortes: Dane Lukasik (no information provided).