Boys soccer: Cruisers start season under new coach

Eatonville's starting 11 poses prior to the season-opener against Bethel.

Eatonville's starting 11 poses prior to the season-opener against Bethel.
Corey Ackerman

Despite facing formidable opponents in their opening matches, the Eatonville Cruiser boys' soccer team showcased resilience under the guidance of new head coach Corey Ackerman.

The Cruisers faced tough challenges against Bethel and Montesano, resulting in initial setbacks with scores of 5-1 and 5-0, respectively. However, their performance against Shelton demonstrated a marked improvement.

Led by standout performances from goalkeeper Nate Goode and a steadfast backline featuring Nick Holder, Trent Cressmen, and Jake Brannon, the Cruisers thwarted numerous attempts by the High Climbers to find the net.

The midfield spearheaded by freshman Nate Christensen, Bennett Cole, and Ignacio Sanz, maintained relentless pressure throughout the game. Austin Quirie and Conner McIlraith disrupted Shelton's defensive line, capitalizing on mistakes and creating scoring opportunities.

Although Shelton managed to score a deflected corner late in the game, securing a narrow 1-0 victory, the Cruisers left the field with heads held high. Their unwavering determination and passion drew praise from Shelton's head coach, who commended their gritty performance.

Looking ahead, the Cruisers are set to face the Forks Spartans in Forks on Monday at 7 p.m., followed by an away match against the Hoquiam Grizzlies on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The team will conclude the week with its first home match of the season on Friday at B.W. Lyon Field at 6 p.m. against the Ilwaco Fishermen.


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