Lake Stevens takes down Jefferson in shootout, 2-1 | 4A Boys Soccer
The fifth-ranked Raiders outshot Lake Stevens 26-11, but were knocked out of the playoffs with a stunning shootout defeat.
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FEDERAL WAY — The faces told the story.
First-year Lake Stevens boys soccer coach Kit Shanholtzer was all grins, bubbly with surprise.
On the other side, Jefferson coach Dave Hanson looked off in the distance in disbelief.
Fifth-ranked Jefferson dominated play in the field, but the visiting Vikings got the result, a 2-1 overtime shootout win at Federal Way Stadium in Wednesday's first-round match of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Lake Stevens (13-5-1), which won the shootout 6-5, will play Skyview (Vancouver) in the quarterfinals.
Jefferson (14-3-2) was without seven players, including top midfielder Luis Orsonio, due to academics.
"I'm just tired of losing in shootouts, so I let the kids pick this year," Hanson said after his team lost in shootout in the first round of state for sixth consecutive time. "I'd rather keep playing for 100 minutes, and keep playing and playing and playing instead of shootout.
"To go out in a shootout is tough," Hanson said.
Despite being outplayed most of the match, Lake Stevens took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute on a short strike from Jacob Scott. Scott converted a precision feed at the right post on a cross by Kyle Lawson on a run down the left flank.
It was Scott's sixth goal of the season.
Then, scrambling for the tie at 1-1, freshman Beau Hepler headed home a crossing pass from Tyler Hamashima in the 75th minute. The teams played a pair of scoreless five-minute, golden-goal overtime sessions.
"My heart is somewhere around here," said Shanholtzer, pointing to his throat and smiling. "I hate (shootouts). We used to have them in our league, and it was a great training, because we got a lot of experience.
"We don't do that anymore in WesCo. We just voted it out. It wasn't the pressure like this, so this is overwhelming."
Shanholtzer took over as head coach after 10 seasons as an assistant for Scott Flanders.
"Our first goal changed the game, because (Jefferson) was dominating," said Shanholtzer.
TJ outshot the Vikings 26-11 in the match. Paul Andrew McCleary shot barely wide right in the sixth round in search of a 6-6 tie, and all the hard work was done and the Raiders' season was over.
"We thoroughly dominated them for 60, maybe 70 minutes," said Hanson. "I can't get past the first round. Did we not outplay them? I don't have answer.
"I'm shellshocked. We just couldn't finish. I thought we were by far the better team."