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Hazen boys soccer mkes postseason with win over Lindbergh
The Hazen boys soccer team secured a trip to this spring’s Seamount League playoffs with a 2-0 win Friday over Lindbergh and then played league-leading Kennedy Catholic to a draw Tuesday.
Senior defender Gino Malgarini and senior forward Luis Puga picked up the goals against Lindbergh off assists from Reyes Garcia and Zach Quesnel, respectively.
Hazen coach Ken Matthews credited Lindbergh for their tough play. Last season, the Eagles finished 0-14-0, but have made improvements this year. So far they have won three games and battled to close finishes in many others, including against Hazen earlier this season. (The Highlanders won 1-0.)
“They have to be the most improved team in the league,” said Matthews in an email. “They played us tough this year – they make it tough to score.”
According to Matthews, the win against Lindbergh puts Hazen out-of-reach of the league’s fourth-place team, Highline. However, Kennedy secured the top spot with a win over Tyee and Foster’s defeat of Renton gives them a strong advantage for the second seed, though after a rough start to the year, Matthews is just pleased to get into the postseason, where anything can happen.
“All you want to do is to get to the playoffs with your line up and rotation set. The guys got us to the playoffs now I have to set that line up in these next two games,” Matthews said.
On Tuesday, Hazen and Kennedy Catholic played to a 1-1 draw.
After a scoreless first half, Hazen senior forward Isaiah Blount scored off an assist from Garcia at the four-minute mark of the second. The score stayed that way until Kennedy evened it up on a penalty kick at the 23-minute mark for the 1-1 tie.
Over the past four years, Hazen and Kennedy have battled for Seamount League supremacy through a series of tight, hard-fought matches. The league championship during that span has been claimed by either Hazen or Kennedy with each school winning two years.
Hazen is now 8-2-5 overall on the season and 7-1-5 in the Seamount. They were scheduled to play Tyee today, Thursday, at Renton Memorial Stadium.