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MIHS Boys Soccer Beats Bellevue

Jordan Balousek

The Mercer Island Boys Soccer team comfortably defeated the Bellevue Wolverines with a 4-0 shutout on Tuesday, April 5. 

The game boasted strong supporting crowds from both teams. Unlike some other Bellevue and Mercer Island games, the crowd remained relatively tame throughout.

“It was a great win for the boys, [we’re] glad to get our first shutout of the year, and I think we’re really building out chemistry,” junior goalkeeper Jackson Barker said. “[We’re] glad to get everybody minutes.”

The first half featured heavy possession and multiple near misses from the Islanders. However, a goal 18 minutes in by junior Kaleb Rawson put the team up by one. Another goal three minutes before halftime by junior Leo Berkley gave the Islanders a cushioned lead going into halftime.

The second half started off with a bang when senior captain Hawkins Seaborn put the Islanders up 3-0, a minute and a half into the second half. Another goal from Rawson five and a half minutes later gave the Islanders an even larger lead.

From then on, the Islanders continued to remain steady until the end of the game, but Bellevue took multiple near-miss shots with around ten minutes left, and a crucial save from Barker kept the game at a shutout.

Barker spoke about the importance of positive communication and teamwork to get through tough games, which could make a crucial difference in later matches.

“I think there are times when boys get down, and they gotta just step through it and work as a team to get these games over with,” Barker said.

The Islanders will hope to stay undefeated in their upcoming game against Liberty this Thursday, at 7:30 p.m.

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Jordan Balousek
Jordan Balousek, Managing Editor
Jordan Balousek (she/her) is the Managing Editor for the MIHS Islander, and she is in her third year of journalism. Outside of school, she enjoys playing soccer, watching baseball and hockey, working at Arena Sports, reading and hanging out with her friends. She is also a very big fan of multitasking and chocolate ice cream.

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    Ben MurawskiApr 29, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Go Jackson (Barker)!

  • S

    Sadie SeumaeApr 20, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Exciting game! Go boys soccer!!

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    WyattApr 20, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Good interview! Always good to hear players that aren’t getting many minutes are playing.

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    KateApr 20, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Loved the article Jordan! Especially the “comfortably defeated” and also the photo is great.