High School Soccer

Late goal dooms Sehome in first round

The Sehome girls’ soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to Shorecrest in the first round of the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Shoreline Stadium.

Sophia Viviano scored the game’s only goal in the 76th minute, assisted by Maria Zahajko.

“They were attacking pretty hard most of the time,” Sehome coach Andria Fountain said in a phone interview. “We were doing a good job defensively, but we weren’t as sharp offensively as I would have liked. I would have liked our chances in a shootout; Nicole (Carlson) has been playing great.”

Carlson had 11 saves for the Mariners, who kept Viviano, who led the Wesco in scoring this season, contained for most of the game until the closing minutes.

“Maddy Hooker man-marked her, but that girl was about a foot taller than Maddy and really fast,” Fountain said. “She did a good job marking her. Her goal came on a weird cross that the ball kind of bounced around before it got knocked in. We had a strategy to do a bit of a double team on her, but we got beat in the middle, so we abandoned that. She did a good job keeping her under control and not letting her dribble free. She (Hooker) was like glue.”

Having Carlson behind the defense has been a confidence-booster, Fountain said, because the defenders know if they get beat, she can bail them out.

“Because we were a bit more concerned with defense, that affected the offense a bit, but we had a couple of dangerous opportunities,” Fountain said. “I don’t think we put their goalie under as much pressure as they did Nicole.”

This is Shorecrest’s first season competing as a 2A school, having been 3A the past few years.

Sehome will take on Cedarcrest in a consolation first round game at a time to be determined on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Cedarcrest.

Shorecrest 1, Sehome 0

Goal: Sophia Viviano (Shorecrest), assist: Maria Zahajko, time 76. Goalies (saves) — Sehome: Nicole Carlson (11); Shorecrest: Kate Wiper (n/a). Shots on goal — Sehome 5, Shorecrest 12.