After Montesano snapped the Cruisers’ six-game winning streak the previous week, the Eatonville High School boys soccer team bounced back and quickly started a new winning streak with two more victories last week.
The Cruisers started off the week in Hoquiam taking on the Grizzlies in a defensive battle and came away with a 2-1 win.
It was a strong defensive battle between the two teams with Eatonville’s Riley Rockey scoring first from a throw-in assist by Kevin Tomyn in the latter part of the first half.
The Grizzlies answered back in the early part of the second half. Then, with under a minute to go in stoppage time, Eatonville’s Bennet Cole took an indirect kick toward the Hoquiam goal, and Kevin Tomyn headed the ball in for the win. Twenty seconds later, the Cruiser defense held Hoquiam off their last run to seal the 2-1 victory.
Trentten Cressman led the defense with six key defensive plays followed by Josiah Goode with five, and Nathaniel Goode made seven blocks/saves as goalkeeper.
Eatonville finished the week at home in front of a raucous crowd as the Cruisers took the field against the Ilwaco Fishermen on the Cruisers' Senior Night as Eatonville came away with an 8-0 win.
Seven different players scored goals. Rockey scored twice with an assist. Tomyn added one goal once with an assist. Owen Van Eaton scored one goal. Cole had two goals. Cressman had one goal, and Leo Hunt netted his first goal ever at Eatonville High School on a penalty kick. Alexander Lightfoot kicked in a goal, but it was taken off the board because Ilwaco’s goalkeeper suffered a serious injury prior to the score. Out of courtesy, Eatonville allowed the stop prior to the goal.
Nathaniel Goode got the shutout in goal, while both Cressman and Nicholas Holder contributed with seven key defensive plays each.
Prior to the game, coaches, family and community honored the eight senior players: Nao Tominaga, Armando Carreon, Krittametee (Force) Kampongsun, Philip Williams, Hunt, Rockey, Josiah Goode and Tomyn.
The Cruisers now sit at 9-2 in league play and 9-3 overall. They hold a firm grip on second-place behind Montesano.
Next up, the Cruisers will finish off their regular season with away games at Tenino Wednesday and at 6 p.m. at Raymond on Friday before wrapping things up at 7 p.m. May 3 at home.
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