Spartans upset Shorewood in state soccer playoffs

It was a game that came down to the wire, but in the end the Spartans prevailed in a shootout to deliver Shorewood — the 12th-ranked team in the nation and first in the Northwest District — their first loss of the season and knock them out of the state 3A soccer playoffs.

Ninety minutes wasn’t enough time for Bainbridge’s second-round match against the undefeated Thunderbirds.

Spartan Coach George Vukic said if his team has the confidence to beat any team on any given day and as long as they could keep Shorewood from scoring early, they would have a good chance against them.

As Vukic hoped, it wasn’t the Thunderbirds who struck first but the Spartans. Bainbridge scored in the 12th minute when William Economy assisted Peter Fawley on the goal.

The Spartans have been unbeaten all season long when scoring first, but Shoreline came on strong in the second to stop the streak.

In the second half Shoreline proved why they are one of the toughest team’s in the league when they pumped two goals in the back of the net in the first 15 minutes and took the lead.

The Spartan’s were running out of time.

Jesse Moore, who is not known for scoring, became the hero when he drilled in the Weber Coryell dish in the 79th minute to even the score.

Each team battled in the final 11 minutes, and then in extra time.

But neither team was going to give up a late goal and see their season end that way. This game was going to be decided on a shootout.

The Spartans have a variety of goal scorers on the roster, but the 12th-ranked team in the nation does too.

It took eight rounds before BHS’s Devereaux Kesler sealed the victory for the Spartans when he iced the shootout win to bring the Spartans just one win away from returning to the state final.

The Spartans will face Mountain View — who beat last year’s champions Camas — at 2 p.m. Friday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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