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May 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM

State soccer thread — Mercer Island v. Franklin Pierce

FINAL: Mercer Island wins the shootout 2-1 behind the sterling effort from Forrest Marowitz. Our all-area goalkeeper saved three straight penalty kicks! Congrats to both teams on fine seasons. Up next, the 4A third/fouth game between Marysville-Pilchuk and Woodinville.

End of second OT: Can Franklin Pierce pull off the upset?

End of first OT: One more five-minute overtime before spot kicks.

End of regulation: Still tied 1-1. We’ll be going to overtime.

71st minute: GOAL! Franklin Pierce ties it at 1-1 when Louenberger played a perfect through ball to James Hoag on the breakaway. Hoag, a senior midfielder, calmly finished for the equalizer. Wow.

58th minute: GOAL! Islanders freshman Alex Wood heads in a rebound right in front of the net as MI finally breaks through. FP goalkeeper Pedro Arreola has had a tremendous game (especially in the second half) in goal to keep the Cardinals in it — one of the better individual performances I’ve seen this season.

47th minute: MI’s Danny Strome with a great look at the goal but his shot hits the crossbar. It’s just been one of those days for the Islanders. Still scoreless.

HALFTIME: Still scoreless here. FP showed a little bit of life toward the end of the half and an injured Cardinals senior forward Stefano Louenberger is still a threat — even on one foot. The Islanders though have had about 4-5 great (not good, great) chances to score, but haven’t hit the frame or forced much from the ‘keeper. Everything is there for MI but the final touch.

21st minute: The Islanders continue to attack the Cardinals’ goal but can’t get the final touch. The ball is almost entirely on FP’s side of the field.

Pregame: This game is for third and fourth place. I’ll just be updating goals and big plays. Longer threads will be reserved for the championship games today.

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