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Mercer Island advances to state semifinals | Prep boys soccer

Mercer Island senior Alex Wood battles Mount Vernon
Mercer Island senior Alex Wood battles Mount Vernon's Efrain Lopez during the 3A state playoffs. The Islanders won 3-0 to advance to semifinals.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter

UPDATE: The MIHS boys soccer team will play Eastmont on Friday in the state semifinals. Eastmont beat Mount Spokane 8-0 over the weekend. The game is set for 3 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

 

After a game filled with time stoppage, the Mercer Island boys soccer team succeeded in beating Mount Vernon Friday night to advance to next week’s state semifinals. The Islanders won 3-0.

The Islanders scored early, off an Alex Wood goal, assisted by Jake Michael in the 12th minute, followed by a second goal, again by Wood in the 17th minute.

As the Islanders remained ahead and Mount Vernon unable to complete their chances, tension on the field rose. Wood was given a yellow card with 5:30 left to play in the half, followed by the ref giving the Mount Vernon a red card, but was later downgraded to a yellow.

Back in action in the second half, the earlier pressure between the teams continued. The Islanders had several strong chances, and Mount Vernon continued to shoot. Things once again came to a head with 37 minutes left to play. Mercer Island’s Alberto Perez and another player from Mount Vernon both earned red cards. The red card to Perez means missing the next three games.

After resuming play, Jordan Morris scored in the 50th minute, assisted by Wood.

With 8:28 left on the clock Mount Vernon got their second red card of the night, ending the match with just nine players on the field.

Mercer Island will play in Friday’s semifinals at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup against the winner of the Mount Spokane vs. Eastmont game. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m.

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