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Revolution defeats two more premier teams
The boys are on a roll.
The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club’s U-13 boys select soccer team defeated Seattle’s Kajumulo Tembo team 2-1 in its second Puget Sound Premier League game, then followed up with another victory — a 4-3 win over the Blue Arrows on Sunday.
The Revolution remains undefeated after three games.
The boys scored their first goal in the 15th minute of the game on a leading pass from midfielder Davin Kesler to open left-winger Oliver Saunsaucie. Saunsaucie shot the ball into the lower right corner past a diving Tembo goalkeeper.
Kesler assisted on the second goal with a well-placed through pass between two defenders to forward Kai Da Rosa, who made a perfectly timed run.
“Da Rosa feigned the Tembo goalkeeper to the left and shot a low, hard shot to the right corner,” said Revolution coach Terry Swanson. “The Tembo team scored a late first-half goal from 22 yards out on a hard-driven ball into the upper left-hand corner. Revolution goalkeeper Charley Stelling kept us in the lead when he made an outstanding diving save to his left near the end of the first half.”
The second half of the game was a defensive battle, with both teams attempting to control the ball and look for quick scoring opportunities. Defensive players Anders Bergquist, Jordan Henriot, Jeffrey Meier and Tom Swanson faced off against the much larger 14-year old Tembo players — the oldest U-14 players on the Tembo are almost three years older than the youngest sixth-grader on the Revolution team.
“I was very impressed with the calmness that our defenders and midfielders played in working the ball out of our defensive third,” Swanson noted.
Outside midfielders Parker Buchanan, Kameron Donohoe and Lucas Leiberman executed overlap runs down the wings to spread the defense, allowing the outside forwards to act more like strikers on quick attacks. Right forward Andy Zisette just missed scoring directly from an in-sweeping corner kick near the end of the game.
Donald Gambill played a very strong second half in goal.
Swanson said that, after playing together for three years, the South Whidbey club’s chemistry was a key factor in the victory.
Bergquist enjoys playing the center back on the right because he knows the importance of defending the goal, especially when his team is over-matched, Swanson said.
“Yeah, they were taller kids but not very fast, and we dominated the game,” he recalled. “It was a tough match, but we can’t ever let ourselves be intimidated by anyone.”
“The opposing coach remarked on the unselfish play of our team,” Swanson said. “The boys are really focusing on possession and control and they clearly dominated the time of possession throughout the game.”
“Playing our first two games in this spring league indicated that we need to work on finishing from outside 12 yards, defensive and offensive heading, working balls out of our defensive third from goal kicks and providing immediate support for our players in possession of the ball,” the coach added.
Sunday, the team was on the road against the Blue Arrow-96 club from Seattle at Pendleton Miller Field.
“The Blue Arrows dominated the game for the first 20 minutes, and I thought we were toast,” Swanson said. “But the boys withstood the pressure and settled down and took over the game for the remaining 50 minutes.”
The outcome was decided in the final minute, according to winning goal-maker Zisette.
“We were ahead 3-2, then Kai passed the ball to me,” he said. “There was one defender left, but I passed him. Their goalie came out and I shot the ball past him to the right, about 12 feet out.”
The Blue Arrows scored again but were unable to capitalize, and the Revolution brought home a 4-3 win.
Swanson added that his guys like playing the Blue Arrows because both teams are evenly matched, well-coached and demonstrate excellent sportsmanship.
“But we like beating them best of all,” Zisette noted.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, the team welcomes the Synergy premier club to the high school soccer field at Waterman Field.