Overtime loss knocks South Whidbey out of state playoffs / Soccer

Seattle Academy scored a golden goal in the second overtime period of a quarterfinal match to oust the South Whidbey High School soccer team from the state 1A tournament Saturday, May 19, at Shoreline Stadium.

With the loss, the Falcons tied for fifth among 1A schools in Washington.

Seattle Academy moves on to face defending state champion Overlake in the semifinals Friday, May 25.

After beating Klahowya Tuesday and losing to Seattle Academy Saturday, South Whidbey has now competed in 10 state matches since 2000 and nine have been decided by one goal.

Seattle Academy 2, South Whidbey 1

“To be frank, our guys were clearly outmatched in this one,” South Whidbey coach Emerson Robbins said. “Seattle Academy had many bigger, older, stronger, faster players and they were, without a doubt, technically the superior team. I’m sure most of their guys play for top premier teams.”

The Falcons (12-7-2) battled with “heart and guts,” according to Robbins.

“They gave it all they had and could not have played with more effort than they did,” Robbins said. “I could not be any prouder of our guys and our team. We had a great season.”

Robbins noted that his club made it to the final eight in the state playoffs with only three seniors and with six freshman on the roster.

South Whidbey scored the opening goal in the first half on a well-placed corner kick by freshman Thomas Simms that Michael Lux headed into the back of the net.

Early in the second half, the Cardinals scored the equalizer.

“It was a hard fought game for the remainder of regulation time, with our team having to defend most of the second half,” Robbins said. “We greatly missed Ari (Rohan), our first-team center back in this one.”

Rohan was out with an injury.

Reserve Hayden Armos took over Rohan’s minutes and “gave it his all and, with his work rate, won more than his share of balls centrally,” according to Robbins.

After a scoreless first overtime period, Seattle Academy (12-4-3) won the match with a golden goal with two minutes remaining in the second extra session.

“I think if we could have made it to PKs, we’d have taken them as we had the superior goalkeeper and our first eight guys are money on PKs,” Robbins said. “We just couldn’t hold a strong Seattle Academy team off quite long enough.”

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