The Friday Harbor Wolverines men’s soccer team played the Orcas Vikings on their home turf in Orcas on Tuesday, September 20.
“Orcas is a long-time island rival and a team we always look forward to playing. It’s a solid program that plays a great style of soccer,” coach Brett Paul said. defeated in the semifinals in the last 4 state tournaments before winning the state championship last November, which definitely fueled our team’s intensity and focus in practices leading up to this game.”
It was a tough game between the tied teams. Both Wolverines and Vikings had momentum at different times throughout both halves.
“Our keeper, Luke Totten, made three or four crucial saves throughout regulation time, keeping it 0-0 at the end of the second half, which led us into our extra-time series,” said Paul, explaining that overtime consists of two five-minute stoppages. half-time and a “golden goal” (a goal ends the game). Two minutes into extra time, Friday Harbor’s Alden Carli won the ball from Orcas on top of Orcas’ penalty area and played a through ball to Mateo Zappelli. Zappelli broke free from Orcas centre-back No.5 Deigo Lago and fired from the baseline through the mouth of the goal. The ball went just out of reach of the Orcas goalkeeper and into the other side of the net, ending the match 1-0. It was a thrilling end to a game well contested by both teams.
“It was a big win for us at this stage of the season, having only played one game to prepare for such a game. We are looking forward to playing Orcas again at home on Tuesday 11th October,” he said. Paul: “I encourage the community to come and watch, it’s going to be a game they won’t want to miss!”