Offense finds form, team loses senior star

A few quick scores on Thursday night secured South Whidbey’s postseason survival in a 3-1 win over Seattle Academy.

A tackle from behind, however, has the Falcons reeling after senior Andy Zisette had to leave the game with an unspecified injury.

“He could barely walk off the field,” said Falcon co-head coach Emerson “Skip” Robbins. “We’re not expecting him back Saturday.”

“It wouldn’t have happened if the ref had done his job,” he added.

South Whidbey scored all three of its goals in the first half of an elimination playoff game against Seattle Academy in the 1A bi-district tournament. But the game included, said Robbins, several dangerous tackles from behind by Seattle Academy players, though no official warnings were issued by the game’s officials.

“Not one card was given, not one,” Robbins said. “It’s just ridiculous. It’s ridiculously dangerous for these kids.”

Zisette scored a pair of goals before being brought down from behind and needing to leave the game. Jeff Meier, a senior, scored the other goal for South Whidbey.

Seattle Academy’s goal came off a free kick near the 18-yard mark. After South Whidbey cleared the ball, a Seattle Academy player collected it and booted it past Falcon goalie Charley Stelling.

South Whidbey’s offense continued its torrent of shots with 18 shots on goal, and the Falcons will need to find a replacement for Zisette’s scoring prowess along the right sideline if he is unable to play Saturday against University Prep.

The 1 p.m. May 16 match at Sultan High School is for a berth to the 1A state tournament or an end to the season.

“They’re certainly a good team, but they’re not Archbishop Murphy,” Robbins said, adding that the team watched University Prep play after their match concluded May 14. “The key for us is putting it in the back of the net, that’s the bottom line.”