Jackson comes up short against Mariner | Boys soccerWolfpack loses 3-2 in double overtime
Jackson came close to pulling an upset over one of the top teams in the league.
But a late goal thwarted the Timberwolves, as senior Roman Voloshchuk scored with less a minute left in the second overtime period to lift Mariner to a 3-2 victory over the Timberwolves in a Wesco 4A boys soccer game Wednesday, April 12, at Goddard Stadium.
Mariner appeared to be on its way to a 2-1 victory in regulation when the referee called a foul on the Marauders near their own goal, resulting in a penalty kick with about two minutes left in the game.
Jackson’s Evan Kim converted the penalty kick to tie the score at 2 and send the game into overtime.
“I’m really happy with the way the team played,” Jackson coach Brett Norton said. “We’re growing every single game. We’re very young, but we’re developing every single day. This was a really good game for us. I told the boys and they understand that it’s not always about the result. It’s about the experiences you have. … This showed us tonight that we can play with any team out there.”
The Wolfpack (3-5-1 in the league, 3-5-3 overall) returned only one senior from last year’s squad and he wasn’t available in Wednesday’s contest. The Marauders, who advanced to the state quarterfinals, brought back many of their top players.
“Jackson came out here and gave it all they had,” Mariner coach Vince DeSimone said.
Mariner (6-3, 8-3) blanked Jackson 4-0 to open league play in late March.
“They are a much better team than the first time we played them,” DeSimone said. “They’ve improved.”
The two squads battled to a scoreless first half before Connor Clark scored in the 56th minute to give Jackson a 1-0 lead. The lead and whatever momentum the Wolfpack had didn’t last long, as two minutes later Mariner’s Luis Zuniga-Bedolla responded with a goal to tie the score at 1. Teammate Edward Katynskiy followed a goal at the 65th minute to give the Marauders a 2-1 advantage.
The winning goal was a matter of Mariner taking advantage of a somewhat chaotic situation in front of the Jackson goal.
“It was a ball that bounced around in the box a couple of times and they got to it before we did and put it away,” Norton said. “Sometimes that’s how the ball bounces.”
Jackson goalkeeper Bradley Coon kept the Wolfpack in the game, making several spectacular saves.
The Timberwolves have come to rely on the junior standout.
“He’s been keeping us in games for three years,” Norton said. “The guy is phenemonal. He’s by far the best keeper in the league in my opinion.”
Jackson’s strong freshman and sophomore classes bode well for the future.
“I’ve got four freshmen on the field, so the future is bright,” Norton said.
The Timberwolves followed up the tough Mariner loss with a 2-1 victory over Cascade in a Tuesday, April 18 contest at Everett Memorial Stadium. Clark scored both goals off of assists by Brenden Clark and Taylor Merwin.