Bearcats beat Skyline 3-0 to reach semifinals
By Dan Sargent
EVERETT — Did somebody feed these guys?
The Monroe Bearcats’ hunger to win led them to a 3-0 victory in a 3A state quarterfinal game against Skyline of Vancouver Friday at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Monroe (18-3 overall) will play Lakeside of Seattle in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Josh Carswell satisfied the Bearcats’ hunger to win by scoring two unassisted goals in the second half.
"He is always dangerous," Monroe coach Paul Hurme said.
Brett Walsh broke the game open in the 42nd minute by taking the ball down the middle for the opening goal off an assist by defender Blake Bural.
"The big goal is obviously the first goal," Hurme said. "Getting a goal early in the second half is so big."
Carswell followed in the 54th minute with his first goal. Brett Walsh headed the ball to Alex Pagon, who hit it off a defender and back to Carswell, who put it into the back of the net to put Monroe up 2-0.
Carswell added a goal late by taking a cross from Walsh and beating a defender by spinning him into the ground. Carswell then beat the Skyline goalkeeper for the second time in the game.
Monroe’s defensive line of Austin Allen, Bill Bordner and junior captain Bural shut down the Skyline forwards to help Monroe goalkeeper Ben Dragavon post his 11th shutout.
"I always think our back three do extremely well," Hurme said. Monroe also established early that they were not going to back down to anyone by their tenacity to go to the ball hard.
"Our play is established by working hard and establishing the physical play and until you do that the game is always in question." Hurme said.
Goals—Monroe: Carswell 2, Walsh. Goalkeepers—Skyline: Cottrell. Monroe Dragavon.