The Eatonville boys soccer team’s journey in the district playoffs came to an end this past Thursday evening as the Cruisers were defeated by the formidable Columbia-White Salmon team, 5-0. Despite the loss, the Cruisers had reason to hold their heads high after a season that saw them go further than any Eatonville High School soccer team in the past 21 years.
The Cruisers' spirits were high going into the decisive playoff game, buoyed by a resounding 2-0 victory over the Raymond Seagulls earlier in the week. Playing in front of a raucous home crowd, the Cruisers delivered a performance that ignited the stands and had fans on their feet throughout the match.
The first goal of the game came from Victor Peña, who found the back of the net with an assist from Riley Rockey. The crowd erupted in deafening cheers as the Cruisers took an early lead, setting the stage for an intense battle.
As the second half got underway, Kevin Tomyn seized an opportunity and scored on a blocked penalty kick, putting the Cruisers ahead 2-0.
Despite their valiant efforts in their next game, the Cruisers were ultimately outmatched by a dominant Columbia-White Salmon side. The opposing team overpowered the Cruisers' defense and netted five goals throughout the match.
Reflecting on the season, head coach Clinton Tomyn expressed immense pride in his team's accomplishment.
"As the coach, I could not be more proud of these boys," he said. "This was the farthest the EHS soccer team has gone for 21 years, and it is a testament to their hard work, dedication and the unwavering support of our community."
Tomyn also extended his gratitude to the town of Eatonville for the overwhelming fan support.