The Sehome boys’ soccer team put everything it had physically and emotionally into its Class 2A state semifinal against Archbishop Murphy on Friday, May 27.
“We felt like we played in the state final on Friday,” Mariners coach John Sylvester said in a phone interview. “The air kind of went out of the balloon today, especially physically, not just emotionally. We tried everything we could, but things just didn’t bounce our way.”
Less than 16 hours after pushing the defending state champs to a shootout before falling, Sehome simply didn’t have enough left in the tank for the third-place game of the Class 2A State Tournament on Saturday, May 28, in Sumner, and it ended up falling 1-0 to Lindbergh to take fourth.
Sylvester said the Mariners were without several regulars and used a number of younger starters so that everyone who was available had a chance to play.
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“Even though we were worn out from last night, we did some beautiful work,” Sylvester said. “I think we dominated play with at least 60 percent possession. ... But when it came to scoring, we simply didn’t have that extra kick we needed.”
Sylvester said neither team had many good scoring chances in the game, as most of the play stayed between the 20-yard lines.
Lindbergh finally found an opening midway through the second half and was able to convert for the game’s only goal.
So long seniors
Sehome listed 13 seniors on its postseason roster: Devin Trueb, Jorge Prado, Charlie Lahud, Jack Willis, Kevin Sun, Manny Pacheco-Rodriguez, Kiefer Thomas, Gabe Weight, Noah Byford, Rylan Hinkle, Ethan Hunger, Isaac DeVange and Robert Bell.
“They’ve meant everything to this program,” Sylvester said. “They have been a living, breathing examples of what a group can do when they care about each other and play hard. ... We are very proud of what we have accomplished. They’ve revitalized the program.”