Busy week for Eastlake soccer ends with two wins
March 18, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
The Eastlake boys soccer team rounded out its preseason last week with two wins and a scoreless tie.
March 13 marked the Eastlake Wolves’ first victory when they toppled Everett 5-1 on its home turf, Lincoln Field.
Jean Claude Kagabo put Everett on the board first with a goal in the 11th minute of the game. Eastlake tied it up 1-1 when Madison Heck assisted Clayton Over to score at the 20-minute mark. After the half, Heck, a senior this year at Eastlake, returned to net his own unassisted goal and give the Wolves the lead.
“Madison Heck is, laughingly, one heck of a player,” said Adam Gervis, Eastlake’s coach. “He totally controls the game, it is unreal. But what they need to learn is Madison needs to be part of the team, and that is what they learned in the second half.”
Eastlake quickly was on the board again with a shot from sophomore forward Zach Howard; Austin Aumell with the assist. Four minutes later, Aumell, a senior midfielder, received the ball near the 40-yard line, Gervis recounted, and worked it down field before smacking into the corner of the net. With the help of Jack Callaghan, freshman Aidan Aumell scored the team’s final goal in the 76th minute.
The Wolves took the field again the next day against Mount Si. For 90 minutes, neither team scored.
Even after two five-minute overtime periods and penalty kicks, Eastlake and Mount Si were still 0-0, an outcome that doesn’t happen that often, said Gervis. Eastlake sophomore Jack Hornsby was credited with the shutout in the first half and Kris Rudella got it for the second half. Mount Si’s goalkeeper, Hunter Malberg, earned a clean sheet for the entire game.
“If it had gone five more minutes we would have probably pulled it out,” said Gervis. “We knocked at the door a few times; we had many opportunities. The big part for us is we don’t have our best player.”
Heck also plays for the Eastside FC club team and along with a couple of players from Mount Si’s squad, was away for a tournament with Eastside FC. The Wolves were also missing several other players, Gervis said, due to injuries.
“Both teams were missing two important ingredients,” Gervis said. But what you do learn, he added, is what roles your non-starters can play. “They did a great job yesterday; they worked their tails off and they made a nice contribution.”
The boys that did remain came back March 16 to play their third game of the week and beat Meadowdale 2-0. Over and Callaghan both scored a goal each, and Hornsby got the shutout.
“It was a team effort,” Gervis said March 16. That’s the most important thing for us; is we are not giving up goals.”
He said he hopes to have his full varsity line up ready to go for the team’s first match of the regular season, March 22 against Seattle Prep, which is set to start at 7:30 on Eastlake’s home field.