Wolverine boys soccer ended a winning season this weekend making it all the way to the 1B/2B Washington State Tournament for only the sixth time in the program’s history.
With a league standing of nine wins and three losses (and overall standing of 14 wins, five losses) the team lost its first-round match in the 1B/2B Tri-District Tournament against Crosspoint Academy. The game ended regular play at 1-1, but Crosspoint was able to win the shoot out in overtime, ending the game at 2-1 with a loss for Friday Harbor.
The Wolverines were able to turn things around in their next match, an elimination game against Providence which they won 2-0 with both goals by Luke Erickson, securing their spot at the state quarterfinals.
The team battled St. George on Nov. 16 in the first round of the state tournament in Spokane ultimately losing 5-1.
“Our final game at St. George was a physical match against a strong, fast opponent,” Head Coach Tyler Howe said. “It was zero to zero up until two minutes before the first half. We did a good job limiting their chances in the first half.”
In the second half, the team was able to get on the scoreboard with a “fantastic” goal, according to Howe.
“Luke Erickson hit a one-time volley out of the air straight to the back of the net from 15 yards off a pinpoint cross from Emmett Carrier,” Howe said.
“Despite the lopsided scoreline at the end, the Wolverines put together a solid game and created plenty of good chances at goal,” Assistant Coach Sam Paul-Barrette said.
“Our guys deserve a lot of credit,” Howe said. “They played hard until the final whistle and never gave up.”
This year’s team had quite a few graduating senior players who Howe credits as bring a lot of positive qualities to the program.
“The senior class brought an incredible amount of heart and desire and leadership,” Howe said.
“The team graduates 10 seniors but brings back many young players who saw significant playing time this season,” Paul-Barrette added.
Seniors Ismael Churape, Luke Erickson, Nick Herko and Emmett Carrier each received First Team All-League honors and Evan Foley received Second Team All-League Honors.
“It has been a privilege to be a part of this group,” said Howe.