Girls soccer finishes strong after home scare against Sammamish

Sophomore Celina Solomon dribbles during the Islanders’ home win over Sammamish on Thursday night. Mercer Island held on to win 3-2 in overtime. - Bob Solomon/Contributed photo
Sophomore Celina Solomon dribbles during the Islanders’ home win over Sammamish on Thursday night. Mercer Island held on to win 3-2 in overtime.
— image credit: Bob Solomon/Contributed photo

The Mercer Island girls soccer team held onto the top spot in the KingCo 3A league, after a scary night against Sammamish on Thursday. The team also lost to Mount Si on Tuesday night.

On Thursday evening, Mercer Island welcomed its toughest competition to Islander Stadium, and squeaked past the Totems with a 3-2 overtime win.

The Islanders were first on the scoreboard against the Totems after Lauren Frank passed the ball to Rachel Pedreira in the 18th minute of play. The team capitalized on leading league scorer Ellen Haas, after an Alexi Odegard assist in the 28th minute, to take a 2-0 lead. But before the team could celebrate its shutout lead at halftime, the Totems found a way around goalie Corey Goelz in the waning moments of the half to make it 2-1.

Sammamish’s defense held off the Islanders offensive before Allie Buchwalter made a game-tying goal in the 72nd minute of play, forcing overtime. The Islanders found the game-winning combination as senior captain Erin Bourguignon found the back of the net off a Rachel Pedreira corner kick.

Two days earlier, the Islanders were handed their first league loss of the season during a visit to Mount Si. The Wildcats earned the win after Alexis Pearlstein made a free kick goal in the 54th minute of play. The game featured a wide variety of scoring opportunities on both sides, including several free kicks for each team, but the Islanders could never find a way to make the connection.

Head coach Adam Gervis said his senior captain Haas, Mary Hill and Bourguignon help command the team on the field in each of their areas. He also said that Haas has recorded 16 goals this season, which he pointed out is more than some of the teams in the league have scored.

“Mary has the assists and sets the goals up and runs the midfield [while] Erin is the stopper in terms of not letting teams shoot on us. She also has got the important back-to-the-wall goals,” said Gervis.

The team hosted Bellevue on Tuesday night in the final home game of the season and will spend the final two games of the regular season on the road, going to Liberty on Oct. 22 and Interlake on Oct. 29.

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