Garcia’s hat trick leads Hazen soccer to win over Foster

Junior midfielder and captain Reyes Garcia had a hat trick for the Highlanders, while defender and Hector Cervantes connected on the fourth goal for Hazen.

Despite an early goal from the Foster Bulldogs, the Hazen Highlander boys soccer team rallied for four straight and then hung on for the 4-2 win Friday at Renton Memorial Stadium.

Junior midfielder and captain Reyes Garcia had a hat trick for the Highlanders, while defender and Hector Cervantes connected on the fourth goal for Hazen.

Foster struck first in the ninth minute, but coach Ken Matthews said he was pleased how his team responded.

“Going down at nine minutes could have been a game breaker,” he said in a press release. “But the team held together and equalized off a free kick that Rey puts away.”

Garcia scored an unassisted goal in the 20th minute to tie the game and the two teams headed to the half knotted at 1. Early in the second, Cervantes scored his goal off a Drew Wilson assist (47th minute) to take the lead. Garcia added a penalty kick at 58 minutes and then put in the insurance goal at 76 minutes off an assist by Ethan Kem.

Foster was able to push another through in the 78th minute, but it was too little too late for the Bulldogs, who fall to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the Seamount.

With the win, Hazen increases its record to 3-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Seamount.

The Highlanders are scheduled to play at Highline tonight and will host Renton Friday at Renton memorial Stadium.

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