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Spartan boys slip at Blanchet in Metro soccer
SEATTLE - Bainbridge scored first, but Blanchet scored last, and you know what they say about he who laughs last.
It was the last goal of the game, made by Blanchet’s Caleb Maiocco at 65 minutes of play, that assured the first loss of the season for the Bainbridge High varsity boys soccer team Thursday, March 27.
The final score was 3-2 Blanchet.
“Everyone was frustrated on the bus ride home,” said Spartan Head Coach Ian McCallum.
“At halftime one of our defenders was complaining of a hamstring injury, so we had to reshuffle our defense. Blanchet kind of seized on that, the reshuffling, they kind of seized on that moment.”
McCallum said that the Spartans knew that the game would be a tough test from the beginning, as Blanchet is known to be a highly skilled team.
“They were tough,” he said. “Credit to Blanchet, they were physical. I think we need to become a little more physical and be a little more dominant in the game. Maybe they wanted it a little more than we did.”
BHS is currently listed in fourth place in the Metro Mountain Division with an overall season record of 2-1. They remain even with a 1-1 record in conference play.
McCallum said that while there was no way to be sure about the fact, he felt that the boys’ impending spring break may have cost the team some focus.
“All of our kids were going on spring break the next day,” he explained. “Some of our kids were flying out of the country the next day, and Blanchet is in school this week. Their coach had them well-organized.”