Jackson defeats Hazen in state tourney opener | Boys soccer

Timberwolves host Federal Way in quarterfinal contest at 7 p.m., Friday, May 17, at Everett Memorial Stadium
By David Pan | May 16, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Kevin Giessler dribbles with the ball against Eastlake during a Wes-King 4A District tournament game Tuesday, May 7, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Jackson’s victory in its 4A state boys soccer tournament opener was a total team effort.

Three different players scored goals to lead the Timberwolves to a 3-0 victory over Hazen in a first-round contest Tuesday, May 14, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The victory sends the Wolfpack (17-1-1) into a quarterfinal match-up against Federal Way (17-3) at 7 p.m., Friday, May 17, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Senior co-captain Kevin Giessler scored off an assist from junior Zachary Russell eight minutes into the game to give Jackson a 1-0 lead. Junior Blake Edwards then added another goal off an assist from junior Adan Fernandez at the 38th minutes. Senior co-captain Jake Williams then closed out the scoring with a penalty kick goal in the 80th minute.

“We have a lot of people scoring goals for us,” Jackson coach Sarah Smart said. “Everybody on this team is dangerous. We really do share the wealth.”

Led by junior goalkeeper Justin Huttinger, the Wolfpack defense matched their counterpart’s performance. Huttinger made a crucial save just before Giessler’s goal.

“That save woke us up,” Smart said.

Even with the 2-0 lead, Jackson did not slow the pace in the second half.

“They continued to finish the game strong,” Smart said.

Jackson was coming off a 3-2 victory over Mount Si in the Wes-King 4A District championship game Thursday, May 9, at Mount Si High School. Giessler scored two goals.

“The team looks to him,” Smart said. “Kevin is really peaking.”

The Wolfpack defeated Eastlake 4-0 in its district opener Tuesday, May 7, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The last time Jackson played in the state tournament was in 2011 and the last time the team won a state playoff game was in 2001.

To win its second state tournament game, the Wolfpack is going to have to control Federal Way senior Zane Baumgardt, who has scored 23 goals in 18 games this season. The Jackson defense needs to keep the ball away from Baumgardt, Smart said.

“The key for us offensively is whether we can maintain possession of the ball in their half of the field,” Smart added.

The Timberwolves head into Friday’s quarterfinal game confident after winning the Wesco 4A title and claiming the district championship over the Kingco No. 1 seed.

“We’ve played really competitive teams,” Smart said. “We know what we can do. … We’ve stacked up very well. We’ve put so much work in.”

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