Roosevelt stops Lake Stevens for state trip, 2-0 | Boys Soccer
The Roughriders, seeded sixth among KingCo 4A teams at the start of postseason play, beat the Vikings in a state play-in match Saturday.
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A hardworking mindset carried the Roosevelt boys soccer team into the Class 4A state tournament.
Goals by juniors Luke Frey-Wedeen and Danny South lifted the Roughriders, seeded sixth among KingCo 4A teams at the start of postseason play, to a 2-0 victory over Lake Stevens in a state play-in match Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Fourth-year coach Val Seid says his squad offers nothing fancy but delivers results.
"These guys just work hard," he said. "We call ourselves a blue-collar team. We go out, do our job and now we're one step closer to our goal, a state championship."
The Roughriders (11-5-2) have won five straight and will try to give Seid his first state playoff win after getting eliminated in the first round in 2012 and 2010.
Lake Stevens, missing four regulars and losing leading scorer Michel Zavalza in the 15th minute Saturday due to injury, finished 13-5-2.
In the 25th minute, Frey-Wedeen gathered a volley from Jacob Merkle and arced a shot from 20 yards out. It skimmed off the top of goalkeeper Brennen Countryman's outstretched hand, caromed off the underside of the crossbar and dropped in for Roosevelt's first goal.
"I saw I had space, so I was going for the goal," Frey-Wedeen said. "It came off the keeper and then off the crossbar, so I was pretty lucky."
South, who twice came within inches of putting home goals earlier in the match, finally connected in the 60th minute. He took a pass from Shane Gomez and, despite tight defense, drove it in top shelf on a tough angle from the right side.
"I just thought I'd make contact, send it toward the goal and hope for the best," South said.
Lake Stevens was playing its fourth game in seven days.
"We were digging pretty deep," coach Kit Shanholtzer said, referring to the number of junior varsity call-ups on his roster. Junior midfielder Jack Hermes played with a cast on his hand.
"We're struggling," Shanholtzer said.
Roosevelt's Seid has high hopes for his squad in the state tournament.
"I think we can go really far," he said. "We have a chance to go to the finals and win. These guys are peaking at the right time. We struggled early, but we've got a cohesive group now, and it's nice to see."