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EDMONDS — Despite an inspired performance by goalkeeper Claudio Lazar, the North Sound SeaWolves were unable to keep pace with the Seattle Sounders U-23’s on Friday night, losing 5-0 at Edmonds Stadium.
The loss, the fifth in six games for the SeaWolves (4-8), came in the soccer team’s final home match of the Premier Development League season. North Sound closes out the season with four road games.
The Sounders improved to 7-2-3.
Lazar, who missed North Sound’s previous two games, was outstanding, making several difficult and athletic saves to keep the game competitive. At one point Lazar turned away three shots in one sequence, including two while he was sprawled on the ground. But Lazar’s effort wasn’t enough as the Sounders’ attack was relentless against a SeaWolves defense that has struggled all season.
“Those were amazing saves,” SeaWolves coach Alex Silva said. “He’s a fantastic keeper who makes phenomenal saves like that. The goals weren’t his fault, that was a team issue.”
The Sounders, who defeated the SeaWolves 3-0 on June 10, wasted little time taking control Friday. In the third minute, Jamael Cox crossed to an on-running Sean Morris who headed a powerful finish into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
In the 33rd minute, the Sounders made it 2-0 when Sean Okoli, who had repeatedly been turned away by Lazar, beat the keeper one-on-one to the far post.
“We weren’t marking enough and were giving them too much space,” Silva said. “Each time we got the ball, they squeezed in on us. We weren’t doing that and let them be creative. We made it too easy for them.”
The second half brought three more goals: a 53rd-minute penalty kick by Aodhan Quinn, an 84th-minute goal by Darwin Jones, and a goal one minute later by Esteban Potenciano.
The SeaWolves had just two real scoring chances, both by forward Abdul Aman. In the first half his breakaway one-on-one chance with Sounders’ keeper Doug Herrick went wide, In the second half Aman’s hard, low shot was handled by Herrick.
“They’re a solid team,” Silva said. “Every ball in the air they won. They made it very hard on us when we got the ball. Those are players you’ll see at the pro level and for us, the energy just wasn’t there.”
The SeaWolves next match is 3 p.m. Sunday against the defending PDL champion Kitsap Pumas.