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Mercer Island to battle Bainbridge for state title | State boys soccer

Jake Michael tries to get the ball away from Eastmont during the Islanders state semifinal game on Friday afternoon. Mercer Island won 3-1 to advance to Saturday
Jake Michael tries to get the ball away from Eastmont during the Islanders state semifinal game on Friday afternoon. Mercer Island won 3-1 to advance to Saturday's state finals.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter

The Mercer Island boys soccer team will take on another Island during Saturday afternoon's 3A state final match. The Islanders beat Eastmont 3-1 on Friday in the state semifinals.

The Islanders started the game strong, and quickly gained the lead on the scoreboard off a Jordan Morris breakaway goal in the second minute. The team led for only a few minutes before Eastmont tied it up 1-1.

Mercer Island had many chances early on, but it wasn't until Morris took a free kick from the 30-yard line the Islanders were able to retake the lead 2-1.

Just minutes later, on another fast break Morris challenged the goalie and flipped up and over. He was helped off the field and did not return for the rest of the match, though he wanted to say head coach Steve Newman.

The game was still 2-1 through most of the second half, though Eastmont took several shots, and had chances stopped by the Islanders defensive line.

After pushing his way through in the 78th minute, Jake Michael found the back of the net to give the team extra room with a 3-1 lead.

The Islanders will play for the state championship against Bainbridge, which beat Mountain View 6-2 in Friday's earlier semifinal match.

The last time the Mercer Island boys played in a state title game was in 2001, when the team lost to Monroe.

Saturday's state championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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