By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
SNOHOMISH — An argument could be made that the team with the biggest impact on Glacier Peak’s 2-0 victory over Stanwood on Tuesday wasn’t even one of the two teams on the field.
The Grizzlies felt they did not play well in falling to Marysville Getchell 1-0 last Friday, but made up for it by knocking off the first-place team in the 3A Wesco North.
“That game Friday night was just not Glacier Peak soccer in any way shape or form,” Grizzlies head coach Shannon Murray said. “And then all of the sudden we get the first-place team from the North showing up. There was a little bit of the challenge to the guys to come out and play and I thought the first 20 to 25 minutes was very good.
“Coming off of that performance Friday night to be able to come out and play a good team was definitely going to be a challenge for us and I’m excited about how it turned out.”
Glacier Peak junior Branson Corwin’s first goal got the Grizzlies (6-1-1 league, 6-4-1 overall) on the board in the fifth minute. He was assisted by junior Peter Vizzoni. Corwin also scored the Grizzlies’ second goal in the 50th minute with an assist from Michael Mikulsky.
“He was fantastic for us,” Murray said. “He got two and he was dangerous on a couple of others. He was itching for a hat trick. Talent-wise, he is as good as they get in the league and when he’s feeling it, he’s dangerous.”
Corwin has missed some opportunities to find the net so far this season, but Murray hopes that Tuesday’s performance will be of the breakout variety for his talented junior.
“We hope that is going to be a confidence builder because once his confidence is high, he is really good,” Murray said. “He’s had some opportunities earlier in the year to be able to pound some goals away and for whatever reason he hasn’t been able to go, but maybe this will kick-start something for him.”
Corwin had a chance for a hat trick on a header from close range with 10:45 to play in the game, but Stanwood goalkeeper Jordan Schafer made a diving stop.
“The win is good against this team,” Corwin said. “A hat trick can wait till another game, but a win versus a team you play (just) once is good.”
Stanwood head coach Kyle Veach said his team’s loss was due to a combination of things.
“We played poorly,” he said. “They are a very well-organized team that moves the ball around extremely well and we played right into that hand and just couldn’t get ourselves out of it. The next thing we knew we had a two-goal deficit and couldn’t climb ourselves out of it. We played against a good team on a night that we played bad.”
Veach added that Glacier Peak came out ready to play after suffering the loss Marysville Getchell, a team that is tied for second in the 3A north, but just 3-7 on the season.
“Thanks a lot Getchell,” Veach said with a laugh after the game. “We felt the wrath of that loss. Glacier Peak probably won’t lose another game until state. We felt the other side of that tonight, but we were prepared for it and we should have done better.”
At Glacier Peak H.S.
Goals—Branson Corwin (GP) 2. Assists — Peter Vizzoni (GP), Michael Mikulsky (GP). Goalkeepers—Stanwood: Jordan Schafer, Glacier Peak: Jesus Mendoza. Records—Stanwood 6-2-0 league, 7-2-1 overall; Glacier Peak—6-1-1, 6-4-1.