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Three Falcons score in soccer rout at Lakewood

South Whidbey’s boys soccer team scored five goalsa for the fourth time this season with a 5-1 rout of Lakewood on April 25.

Three Falcons scored, with senior Jaidin Jones and sophomore Lucas Leiberman each booting in two goals. Kai da Rosa, a junior, also had a goal to keep pace as the team’s leading scorer.

“I think we put together our best game yet,” said Falcon co-head coach Emerson “Skip” Robbins.

“We’re a team that can be very dangerous,” he added. “We can attack centrally, we can attack from the left, we can attack from the right.”

The Falcons controlled the lead throughout the game with a varied offense that found scores from all over the field. Jones struck first after he intercepted a reset kick by the Cougars’ goalie, moved the ball from his left to his right foot and sent it into the net. He followed that goal with a cross pass to Leiberman who headed it in for the 2-0 lead. Davin Kesler, playing in his third match of the season after missing the first half with an injury, scored his first goal of the year.

Lakewood answered with its only goal on a header to cut the lead to 3-1.

South Whidbey rebounded with a header goal by da Rosa on a pass from Kesler. Leiberman finished the match with another goal assisted by Kesler.

The Falcons recorded 18 shots on goal and allowed the Cougars 11, most of which were struck outside the 18-yard marker. Robbins credited the midfielders, especially senior Trey Adams, for keeping the Cougars at bay.

As of press time Tuesday, South Whidbey had three Cascade Conference matches left against Sultan, Archbishop Murphy and Granite Falls. Each match remains important to the Falcons’ playoff position, as South Whidbey sits in third place in the league behind top-ranked Archbishop Murphy and second-place Cedarcrest, who the Falcons beat in one match and tied with in the other. The 1A District 1 playoffs begin May 7.

 

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