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Ecstasy, then agony
Whatever magic the Wolves picked up in their overtime win against Eatonville three days prior simply wasn’t enough against Evergreen.
The Wolverines snapped a 1-1 halftime tie with two goals in a five-minute span and held on for a 3-2 win at the West Central District 2A tourney at Foster High School on May 14, earning a ticket to the state tournament.
Seniors Nick Camporini and Byron Boots each had scores in defeat.
It was a rough outing for local schools in district play as Foster knocked out Port Angeles 1-0 in overtime.
Sequim was looking for a return to the class-2A state tourney and their third state berth in as many years.
Camporini opened the scoring off a feed from Mitch McHugh at 11 minutes, but Evergreen got scores at 13, 50 and 55 minutes from three different players.
Boots added his score at 65 minutes off a penalty kick.
No cruising allowed
Despite a higher seed and large advantage in shots on goal, Sequim had trouble putting Eatonville away on May 11 before Waylon Lam scored three minutes into overtime for a 1-0 victory.
“We just talked a lot and sent the corners (to the goal),” Lam said, still catching his breath after knocking home the game winner. It was Lam’s first game-clinching goal and fourth of the season.
“We dominated the game,” teammate Gerry Azanza said. “They had some good chances (but) we deserved the win.”
After a scoreless first half, Sequim peppered the Eatonville goal with shot after shot. In an 18-minute span, Sequim had seven shots either get deflected away, dribble across the goal line, hit the post or sail just wide of the Cruiser net.
“Bad luck I guess,” said Azanza, who had a score called back because of an offsides penalty at the 57-minute mark.
Visibly frustrated after a scoreless second half, the Wolves huddled around head coach Dave Brasher and refocused. Sending deep passes into the Eatonville half, the Wolves eventually found the right combination. Azanza found Lam streaking up the left side and Lam shrugged off a tackle to push it into the net for what soccer aficionados call a “golden goal,” ending the overtime game.
“I was proud of them,” Brasher said of his Wolves. “It’s easy to get frustrated. We weren’t sitting back.”
Playing a solid game for the second contest in a row was McHugh, who along with Azanza, Lam and Camporini, pushed the tempo against Eatonville.
“That’s (Mitch’s) best game of the season,” Brasher said. “He’s one of our stalwarts.”
Reach Michael Dashiell at email@example.com.