Defending champ Bainbridge edges Kennedy, 1-0 | 3A Boys Soccer
Peter Fawley's goal in the 77th minute off an assist from Keats Hoonan gave Bainbridge a 1-0 victory in a first-round game at Highline Stadium.
BURIEN — Peter Fawley is the one Bainbridge soccer player opposing defenders can't let get behind them. In Tuesday's Class 3A first-round state tournament game at Highline Memorial Stadium, the Kennedy Lancers allowed the Spartans' fleet-footed forward one opportunity to burn them — and burn them he did.
Fawley's goal in the 77th minute off an assist from Keats Hoonan gave Bainbridge a 1-0 victory as the Spartans advance to Saturday's quarterfinal round. Bainbridge (11-4) faces the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between Glacier Peak and Chief Sealth.
"That was a close one," Fawley said of Tuesday's victory.
Too close for Bainbridge coach George Vukic, who called his team's performance odd.
"I don't know what was up today," Vukic said. "It very well could have been the opponent. ... The trick was really to stay cool."
Coming off a last-minute loss to Lakeside in the Metro League tournament championship game, Bainbridge matched Kennedy (11-3-4) pass for pass in the first half, but only generated a few half-chances as the Lancers paid plenty of attention to Fawley and the Spartans' other attacking players.
Kennedy had the best scoring opportunity in the first half when midfielder Jared Russell freed himself 10 yards out from the net. Russell's one-timer sailed wide of the left post when a more accurate shot would have put the Lancers up 1-0.
"We could have easily taken a number of goals," Vukic said.
At halftime, Fawley said Vukic gave an impassioned speech and told the Spartans to consider a different plan of attack. Precise passes and a methodical offensive buildup is a Bainbridge trademark, but Vukic gave his team the green light to play a bit more direct, sending passes over the top of Kennedy's defense with Spartan attackers giving chase.
"Sometimes you just have to do that," Fawley said.
Showing more offensive versatility, Bainbridge kept the Lancers on their heels most of the second half. The Spartans finished with nine corners to Kennedy's three and outshot the Lancers 9-4. Still, the game-winner didn't happen until late.
After Bainbridge goalkeeper Carsten Frederickson sent a kick out to the left, a couple quick passes freed Hoonan, who turned upfield and sprung Fawley with a well-weighted through ball.
"He just made that cutting run," Bainbridge senior Sebastian Scales said. "He's so much faster than everyone."
Fawley shielded off his defender and took an extra touch to enter the left side of the goal area, drawing out Kennedy goalkeeper Leyton Thommasen. Fawley calmly left-footed the ball into the far side-netting to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead and eventually victory.
"Peter being the performer that he is put it away," Scales said. "He made it count."
While Fawley said it was nice to move on, Scales, who'll play next season at Cornell, thinks the Spartans got a wake-up call.
"It's not going to be a breeze," Scales said. "Just because we're state champs doesn't mean anything."
The Spartans are familiar with both potential quarterfinal opponents. Bainbridge beat Glacier Peak in penalty kicks in the state semifinals in 2011 before falling in the championship game to Camas. Chief Sealth, a Metro League foe who plays in the Sound Division, beat Bainbridge 2-0 during the regular season.