Cruiser soccer soars with 3-game winning streak

The Eatonville Cruisers celebrate the shootout win over the Forks Spartans, notching their first win of the season.

The Eatonville Cruisers celebrate the shootout win over the Forks Spartans, notching their first win of the season.
Courtesy Heather Quirie

The Eatonville Cruisers boys soccer team embarked on an impressive journey last week, igniting their season with a remarkable three-game win streak.

Their quest for victory began on March 18, as they clashed with the Forks Spartans. The match started with a burst of energy as Ignacio Sanz swiftly notched an early goal just a minute into the game. However, the Spartans quickly equalized just four minutes later, signaling the onset of a fiercely contested battle. Despite numerous scoring opportunities, including four scoring chances in the second half, regulation time concluded with the score deadlocked at 1-1. 

Overtime proved equally intense, with neither side able to break the deadlock. It was in the ensuing penalty shootout that the Cruisers truly shone, with goalkeeper Nate Goode showcasing nerves of steel and Sanz, Bennet Cole, Trent Cressman, and Nick Holder all displaying clinical precision scoring on their kicks to secure a hard-fought victory.

March 20 saw the Cruisers continue their ascent as they faced off against Hoquiam. Led by the defensive trio of Trent Cressman, Nick Holder and Victor Pena, along with the commanding presence of keeper Nate Goode, the team delivered a masterclass in defensive solidity, clinching their first clean sheet of the season in a resounding 3-0 triumph. Ignacio Sanz's brace, complemented by a stunning goal from freshman Nathan Christensen, underscored the Cruisers' offensive prowess and collective determination.

March 22 marked a memorable night for the Cruisers as they hosted Ilwaco in their home opener. Fueled by the fervent support of their fans, the team unleashed an offensive onslaught, storming to a commanding 10-0 victory. 

Looking ahead, the Cruisers are primed to build on their recent successes as they prepare for a series of pivotal home matches. On March 25, they faced the Tenino Beavers in a 1A Evergreen League showdown, seeking to extend their winning streak and solidify their position atop the league standings. This will be followed by a non-league clash against the formidable Raymond Seagulls on March 27. 


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