After a string of three wins and a tie, the Hazen soccer team ran into league leading Kentridge on Thursday and the Chargers, who are ranked in the top 10 state-wide, topped the Highlanders 5-0.
“They’re a solid team,” Coach Ken Matthews said in an email. “We’ve had a nice little run this half o the season. We just didn’t click much tonight.”
The loss complicates the Hazen path to the postseason. Currently, the fifth-place Highlanders have a six-point lead on Kentlake with two to play.
The top five teams will make the postseason.
The Highlanders will square off with the Falcons on Tuesday at Renton Memorial Stadium. Last time the teams met, at the end of September, Hazen came out on the losing end of a 3-1 final.
“Obviously the playoffs is the goal. But after going 2-5 the first time through the league, we’ve been playing a playoff game every time we step in the field,” Matthews said. “And next week will be the same.”
With the loss, Hazen falls to 6-7-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the North Puget Sound League. They play the 5-8-1 Kentlake Falcons on Tuesday and finish the regular season at the 6-2-6 Kennedy Catholic on Thursday.