Issaquah 9 at Lakeridge 7
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Issaquah 2-3-3-1- 9
Lakeridge 2-1-1-3- 7
A good ball game between two top-rated northwest teams. Lakeridge entered the game with an 8-0 record, while Issaquah came in 6-0.
Lakeridge jumped out first 1:30 into the game. Nick Tierney responded with an unassisted tally 3 minutes later. Pacers took the lead back at the four minute mark. Chris Hutchinson tied it again, picking up a loose ball on the crease and finding the net.
Issaquah took control in the 2nd quarter. Jon Matusiefsky found Tierney to give Issaquah a lead it would never relinquish. Hutchinson scored his second of the day, an unassisted tally on a dodge from top center. Issaquah kept the pressure on. Lakeridge keeper made a big save, but Matt Robson picked up the rebound and finsihed to put Issaquah up 3. Lakeridge got one back before halftime executing a perfect fastbreak.
Issaquah kept control in the 3rd executing a fastbreak of their own. Tierney found Robson on the doorstep. Two minutes later, David Campi fed Robson for Robson's third of the day. Lakeridge pulled one back, but Matusiesky seemed to net the dagger with 40 seconds left in the quarter. Jon began driving toward the right pipe, but was forced wide as Lakeridge had the transition defended well. It appeared he would carry below GLE, instead he unleased a wicked behind the back that caught the keeper off guard and found the net. It turned out to be the game winner putting Issaquah up 8-4 at the end of the 3rd.
Lakeridge scored early in the 4th. Issaquah answered to keep the 4 goal margin. Lakeridge dug down and found some energy. With under 3 minutes to play they scored 2 goals in a 20 second span. But, Issaquah regrouped and ran out the clock.
Garrett Johnson made 10 saves in the win. Poles, Dustin Cramer and Mason Smith each had 6 groundballs and defended well.