Cruisers soccer splits two games

Eatonville's Austen Quirie unleashes a roar of excitement after scoring the game-winning goal against Tenino.

Eatonville's Austen Quirie unleashes a roar of excitement after scoring the game-winning goal against Tenino.
Courtesy Heather Quirie

The Eatonville Cruiser boys soccer team faced a week of intense matchups on their home turf, contending with unpredictable weather and a field rendered almost unplayable by mud and waterlogged conditions. 

Despite the challenges, they showcased grit in clashes against the Tenino Beavers and the Raymond/Southbend Ravens.

In their first matchup against Tenino, the Cruisers found themselves grappling with a saturated field that made ball control and accurate passing a formidable task. Nevertheless, they maintained possession throughout the game, engaging in a back-and-forth struggle with their opponents. The deadlock persisted until late in the match when a moment of brilliance from keeper Nate Goode set up Ignacio Sanz, whose precision pass found Austin Quirie in prime position to slot the ball home. The lone goal secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory for the Cruisers, much to the delight of their home crowd.

However, Wednesday's encounter with the Raymond/Southbend Ravens presented even greater challenges as the field deteriorated and was more difficult to play on. Despite the adverse conditions, the Cruisers managed to seize an early 1-0 lead through Quirie's opportunistic follow. However, the slippery surface played havoc with their ability to judge opponents' passes, leading to costly errors that allowed Raymond to capitalize and establish a commanding 4-1 lead by halftime.

Undeterred by the deficit, the Cruisers regrouped during halftime, implementing tactical adjustments that breathed new life into their performance. A quick goal early in the second half injected renewed hope into the team, fueling their relentless pursuit of an equalizer. Despite dominating possession and limiting Raymond's chances, the Cruisers were repeatedly thwarted by narrow misses and outstanding saves by the opposing goalkeeper.

The defeat marked an end to the Cruisers' four-game winning streak. With upcoming home matches against the Elma Eagles on Monday, April 8, and the Montesano Bulldogs on Wednesday, April 10, the Cruisers remain determined to bounce back and reclaim their winning form. In particular, they eagerly anticipate the opportunity to avenge their earlier 5-0 loss to the first place Bulldogs and move up in the league standings.

As they approach the midpoint of the season, the Cruisers look poised for a second half surge.


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