Mercer Island’s powerhouse boys soccer squad blanks Liberty, 3-0

March 30, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Hayden Meriweather, Liberty senior forward, takes a shot on goal as Max Kearfott of Mercer Island defends in the second period of their March 26 soccer match. The Islanders won, 3-0. — By Greg Farrar

Mercer Island’s powerhouse boys soccer squad blanks Liberty, 3-0

The Liberty High School boys soccer team fell to perennial KingCo Conference power Mercer Island 3-0 March 26. The loss brings Liberty’s record to 3-2 and marks the first at-home loss of the season.

Mercer Island came out with guns blazing to start the game, charging down field and scoring at seven minutes. Mercer Island continued to charge, but Liberty’s defense prevented several shots on goal, thanks to fine defense from players including Jay Haberman and Dean Byron.

“They brought it at us the first half, so we just tried to get it out and resettle it,” Haberman said.

Liberty’s offense began picking up late in the first half with several offensive drives and even had a shot that bounced off the goal post. However, Mercer Island struck again at 31 minutes.

“We came out and played a little bit afraid and a little bit scared,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said. “They are a good team, but I think we gave them a little bit too much respect and just played intimidated for the first 15 or 20 minutes.”

In the second half, Liberty’s offense began to pick up. At 62 minutes, Kramer Janders took a shot on goal and missed, and at 68 minutes, Cory Sorteberg launched a penalty kick on goal, but it went sailing over the net.

Mercer Island took the ball down field at 73 minutes for a third goal. While the final goal may have ended Liberty’s hopes for a comeback, the Patriots did not give up. In the final two minutes of the game, Danny Dapper and Riley Mackey each fired shots on goal.

“It’s pretty frustrating not to get a goal, but we played a lot better in the second half,” Mackey said. “We’ll get them next time.”

Tremblay also said the team showed great improvement as the game progressed.

“There are things to learn from it and take away from it,” he said. “They’re a very good team, no doubt.”

The Patriots opened 3A/2A KingCo play March 23 with a 2-1 victory against Interlake. Janders gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead at the 16th minute of the first half. Interlake tied the score nine minutes into the second half. Liberty prevailed, though, when Hayden Meriwether, assisted by Aaron Potoshnik, scored the game-winner at the 59th minute.

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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