Hat trick and good Gunn-ing snag win

He shoots! He scores!

Adam Jaffe is getting used to those words.

On the heels of a four-goal performance in game against Granite Falls Monday, the senior striker snagged a hat trick Wednesday against Blaine to lead the Falcon boys to a 3-1 North Cascades victory.

Now with a record of 2-2, the Falcons have a statistical advantage in the win-loss columns over the Borderites, who fell to 0-5 with the loss. But that did not mean that victory came easily.

South Whidbey coach Fran Einterz said it was his team's goalkeeper, senior Joe Gunn, who did much of the work to keep the game close enough to win on Jaffe's scoring effort. Gunn was under rapid-fire pressure from the Borderites for much of Wednesday's game.

"He really kept us in the game," Einterz said. "They were firing on us non stop throughout the second half."

Einterz also credited sophomore defender Ari Strickland with a nice save in front of the net. Strickland protected the Falcon goal on a play late in the game when Gunn stepped out of the box and missed an oncoming ball. Strickland was quick to step in behind him and stop the ball with his foot.

Just as the Falcons got going with two straight wins this week, spring break is going to put a pause on their momentum. The April 7-11 break postpones games scheduled April 8 and 10. The Falcons next play at home April 12 against Meridian. Junior varsity play starts at noon and varsity at 2 p.m. at Waterman Field.

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