EVERETT — The Lake Stevens boys soccer team not only survived Mother Nature, but managed to exact a bit of revenge. In a match marred by hail and delayed 30 minutes by lightning, Tanner Martell-Sellars scored with less than a minute left in double overtime to give Lake Stevens a 2-1 Wesco 4A league win over Mariner.
“We remembered last year when (the Marauders) knocked us out of the playoffs,” Lake Stevens head coach Kit Shanholtzer said.
Midfielder Jonathan Perry put Lake Stevens ahead in the 40th minute, pouncing on a rebound off a Kyle Lawson shot and slotting home the finish.
But Mariner hung in the match, surviving injuries to both goalkeepers. Starter David Kelly suffered a hand injury in the first half and was replaced by backup keeper Yury Naggorny. However, Kelly was forced back into action for a spell after Naggorny was kicked in the head and left the pitch bleeding. Naggorny eventually returned and was in net at the end of the match.
Just two minutes from full time, the Marauders’ Christhian Robles put in a free kick from 25 yards out and Aleksey Guparik nodded it home to force overtime. With the prospect of penalty kicks looming, Martell-Sellers scored off a rebound from a Perry shot.
“I thought we did a great job overcoming adversity and the weather,” said Shanholtzer.
At Goddard Stadium
Goals—Jonathan Perry (LS) 1, Aleksey Gubarik (M) 1, Tanner Martell-Sellars (LS) 1. Assists—Kyle Lawson (LS) 1, Cristhian Robles (M) 1, Jonathan Perry (LS). Goalkeepers—Lake Stevens: Brennon Countryman, James Tanner. Mariner: David Kelly, Yury Naggorny. Records—Lake Stevens 2-0 league, 2-0 overall. Mariner 0-2, 0-3.