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Kickers romp past W. Seattle

JV players shine in the 6-0 win, which puts the Spartans in first.

The Bainbridge boys soccer team completed its 1-2-3 sweep of the top teams from the Metro League Sound Division, blanking West Seattle 6-0 at Memorial Stadium last Friday.

After downing Nathan Hale and Ingraham by identical 3-0 scores, the Spartans broke open against the visiting Seahawks.

West Seattle was no match for the inspired combination play of Bainbridge, which spread the scoring among seven players, again integrating junior varsity players who filled in with distinction.

“The boys played well with a couple of our key starters out today,” Spartan coach Anh Tran said.

Beau Green opened the scoring for Bainbridge in the 12th minute. Two minutes later, Amine Ramadan followed on an assist by Jesse Burk-Rafel. Ramadan later returned the favor to Burk-Rafel, who scored to make it 4-0 four minutes before halftime.

Co-captain Burk-Rafel again demonstrated the depth of his value to the Spartan side, playing a hand in four of the six goals scored, feeding two and finishing two in the contest.

“Jesse Burk-Rafel was instrumental to leading our attack,” Tran said. “Especially in the final third.”

Also earning praise were junior varsity call-ups Max Ausendorf and Elijah Distefano, who registered strong minutes in the win.

“We had Max and Elijah move up from the JV team,” Tran said. “They had a great game and were able to get valuable experience with the varsity.”

Scoring was rounded out by Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, who was fed by Jordan Droppert in the 55th minute, and Will O’Donnell, who scored on a Burk-Rafel assist in the 72nd.

Goalkeeper Alex Bolt earned his third shutout for the Spartans.

Bainbridge, now 4-0-2, and in a three-way tie with Seattle Prep and Lakeside, began Mountain Division play yesterday afternoon at O’Dea.

They host last year’s Metro League regular season champions, Bishop Blanchet, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

The Braves (5-1-0) went into Tuesday’s battle against Eastside Catholic (5-0-1) for first place, leading the league with 20 goals scored and holding opponents to four goals against.

Scoring 14 goals but allowing only two so far, the Crusaders come to Bainbridge May 3.

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