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Lakeside edges Bainbridge 1-0 for Metro title | Boys Soccer
By Terry Wood
Special to The Seattle Times
It was soccer's version of the two-minute offense.
Locked in a scoreless, high-energy duel with two minutes left in regulation, Seyi Adekoya and Charlie Devine of Lakeside combined on a furious end-to-end rush that Adekoya finished with a 15-yard shot that gave the Lions a 1-0 win over Bainbridge in the Metro League championship game Friday night at Interbay Stadium.
Lakeside coach Mark Szabo was happy to see the ball go in.
"I was thinking about penalty kicks," he said. "If it had continued on, I couldn't tell you who was going to win it."
It turned out to be the Lions (14-3), who will host their opening-round match of the state tournament Tuesday at Interbay. Bainbridge (10-4), which had beaten Lakeside 7-1 on May 1, will play its state opener on Wednesday.
Bainbridge pressured Lakeside early, outshooting the Lions 7-1 in the first half and forcing sophomore goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley to make four tough saves, including a diving, stretched-out stop of a blast by Bainbridge's Michael Crowley in the fifth minute.
In a back-and-forth second half, Adekoya intercepted a throw-in pass on the right side of Lakeside's 18-yard box. He passed to Devine, who sprinted 50-plus yards while body-jousting his way past a trio of defenders.
The speedy Adekoya, meanwhile, dashed up the left sideline, took a pass from Devine and bumped the winner home, tapping it off the outside of his right foot.
"It was fantastic," said Szabo, who has six Metro titles in 10 years, this one being the first he has won in an odd-numbered year. "Seyi won it all the way in the back, found Charlie, then Charlie battled through people. It was just sheer will. Then Seyi had, what, an 80- or 90-yard run to get upfield and put the ball in. It's just fantastic."
"I saw Charlie actually had a chance," Adekoya said after delivering the ball to Devine. "So I tried to make an 'ambitious run' and was able to finish it."
Is this typical of what Devine does in critical moments?
"Always," said Adekoya. "We saw that our defense was working so hard. We had to reward them somehow."
"That's one the best offenses in the state," Devine said of Bainbridge. "Our defense played an amazing game. If they put up a zero, we have to score."
Bainbridge coach George Vukic applauded the efforts of both squads.
"It was a struggle for us to deal with their very athletic attacking players," he said. "We did very well. It came down to the last two minutes where one false move and you're in trouble."
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