Glacier Peak loses 3-2 in double overtime to Sumner | Boys soccer

By David Pan | Jun 01, 2018

Glacier Peak came up short in its bid for a second straight trip to the state semifinals.

Michael Poe headed in the game-winning goal off a long throw in by Alec LaBarge as Sumner stunned the Grizzlies 3-2 in the second overtime period in a 4A quarterfinal boys soccer game Saturday, May 19, at Glacier Peak High School.

“In these games, it’s who’s going to make the mistake,” Grizzlies coach Teddy Mitalas said. “I think we made a mistake with 33 seconds or whatever to go. The ball was on the sideline. We didn’t take it out a little farther. … Unfortunately, we had a mental breakdown in the last 35, 40 seconds.”

Mitalas added that he thought that Glacier Peak mistakes led to Sumner’s goals.

“We were in the game,” Mitalas said. “We hit the cross post. We could have won the game. I wish some of those bounces went our way. It just came down to mistakes and they capitalized.”

The Spartans took a 1-0 lead about 20 minutes into the first half. Glacier Peak’s Favi Zenteno tied the score off an assist from Danny Guerrero but Sumner regained the advantage with a late goal in in the first half.

With time winding down in the second half, Keegan Rubio scored off a Guerrero assist to tie the score at 2 and sent the game into the first of two overtime periods.,

“We were in the game,” Mitalas said. “We hit the cross post. We could have won the game. I wish some of those bounces went our way. It just came down to mistakes and they capitalized.”

Mitalas still views the season as success with league and district titles. The Grizzlies graduated many of its key players from last year’s squad but returned a solid roster.

“I knew they were going to be a good team,” Mitalas said. “I didn’t think they were going to be this good. … We had seven guys left over.”

About 12 of the 19 were first-year varsity players, Mitalas added.

“You just had to put the talent pool in the right combinations,” he said. “Everybody played in the first four or games in the preseason. We knew the combinations we needed.”

The Grizzlies largely avoided injuries, which contributed to the team’s success.

“They listened to the coaches and they wanted to be competitive,” Mitalas said. “I still think we can be a tough team next year.”

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