South Whidbey soccer reigns in second shutout of Sultan

Deja vu may have hit the players on South Whidbey and Sultan’s boys soccer teams Tuesday as the Falcons beat the Turks 5-0 for the second time this season.

Kai da Rosa, a junior, led the way with his first hat trick — three goals in a single match — of the year. Oliver Saunsaucie, a junior, scored on an assist from da Rosa, and Andy Zisette, a junior midfielder, scored. Each goal came on an assist from five different players: Jaidin Jones to da Rosa, Anders Bergquist to Zisette, Davin Kesler to da Rosa, James Itaya to da Rosa, and da Rosa to Saunsaucie.

“We played well, played wide, and moved the ball really well. I couldn’t ask for more,” said Falcon co-head coach Emerson “Skip” Robbins.

“Usually we get scoring from a lot of different people,” he added.

South Whidbey had two matches left in the regular season, and both mattered to the Falcons’ postseason position. On Friday, after The Record went to press, South Whidbey visited the Cascade Conference-leading Archbishop Murphy squad.

In the previous match, the Wildcats left Waterman Field with a narrow 1-0 victory. Since then, Archbishop Murphy lost to King’s (2-1) and Cedarcrest 2-0.

King’s was the fourth-place team in the league behind third-place South Whidbey. The two are in a duel for the top spot as the top two 1A teams in the conference, which affects seeding in the 1A District 1 tournament next week.

That meant each of the remaining league games could impact South Whidbey’s standing, and put ample pressure on the Falcons to win out.

On Robbins’ and co-head coach Joel Gerlach’s minds were four players who sat out of Tuesday’s match. The Falcons played the Turks without starters Bryce Auburn, Lucas Leiberman and Kameron Donohoe, all of whom were out sick. Jeff Meier, a junior, has been sidelined with an injury that limited his ability to cut left and right. He was still able to spell junior keeper Charley Stelling in the second half Tuesday, and they combined for the shutout.

The last match between South Whidbey and Archbishop Murphy was effectively decided in the first 10 minutes when the Wildcats got a quick goal. The Falcons found themselves scrambling around the field, out of formation, which allowed the fast score. Robbins said he planned to use the same formation as last time and would not give a pre-game pep talk, unlike last time.

“I think I gave one of my best motivational speeches before that game,” Robbins laughed, adding that he wanted to avoid getting the players too excited or too downtrodden.

“I’ll let the motivation come from within,” he said.


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