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.