LANGLEY – With 12 seniors on its roster, the South Whidbey boys soccer team has leadership to spare.
The Falcons’ experience was on full display Saturday as South Whidbey defeated Nooksack Valley 4-0 in a non-conference match at South Whidbey High School.
“Nooksack played very composed and they’re a good team,” South Whidbey coach Joel Gerlach said. “But they are very young and we were just a little bigger and a little stronger.”
Gerlach said the play of senior defenders Ben Rusch, Richard McLean and Nate Goodman, who also made two assists, was a key to Saturday’s victory.
“Our defense played great today,” Gerlach said. “We had three big seniors back there, which is why we’re such a strong team in our conference.”
Robbie Bailey and Duncan Adams each scored a goal in the first half to give the Falcons a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Regular starting goalkeeper Oliver Shafaat played the field Saturday and scored his first goal of the season to give South Whidbey a 3-0 lead. Alex McGlen took Shafaat’s place in goal and earned his second shutout of the season.
John Gerlach scored in the 79th minute to finish the scoring.
At South Whidbey High School
Goals-South Whidbey: Bailey, Adams, Shafaat, Gerlach. Assists-South Whidbey: Ward, Goodman 2, Low. Goalkeepers-Nooksack Valley: Not reported. South Whidbey: McGlen. Records-South Whidbey: 5-1-2 overall.
Renton Invitational Boys Track Meet: At Renton, led by Jake Roberts who took first in the 1,600-meter race and ran a leg on the victorious 4X400-meter relay team, the Stanwood Spartans finished third in a field of twelve at the invitational meet. Isaac Teichgrab also contributed for Stanwood, placing first in the 400-meter run and running a leg on the 1,600 relay.
At Renton Stadium
Team results-Renton 115, Seahome 85, Stanwood 81, Skyline 81, Hazen 63, Rainier Beach 63, Newport 52.5 Lindbergh 51.5, Sammamish 29.5, Nathan Hale 27, White River 11.5, Eastside Catholic 6 .
110 hurdles-Graef (Sky) 15.01; 100-Snipes (RB) 11.17; 1,600-Roberts (Stan) 4:29.61; 400 relay-Renton 45.53; 400-Teichgrab (Stan) 51.71; 300 hurdles- Graef (Sky) 40.75; 800-Doperalski (New) 1:58.15; 200-Snipes (RB) 22.70; 3,200-Frecker (Sky) 9:19.59; 1,600 relay-Stanwood 3:33.87; Javelin-Harris (Ren) 168-3; Discus-Hoffman (Seh) 1-49.9; Triple jump-Sangalang (New) 40-4.5; Shot put-Ayers (Sea) 56-5; High jump-Wright (Ren) 5-10; Long jump-Johnson (Haz) 19-10.
Renton Invitational Girls Track Meet: At Renton, the Stanwood Spartans, led by Colleen Meas’ victory in the pole vault, edged Skyline 130-120 for the team title.
At Renton Stadium
Team results-Stanwood 130, Skyline 120, Seahome 101, Lindbergh 84, Hazen 59, Renton 57.5, Rainier Beach 41, Newport 37.5, Sammamish 35, Nathan Hale 32, White River 12, Eastside Catholic 3 .
110 hurdles-Tyson (Lin) 16.95; 100-Combs (RB) 12.87; 1,600- Conlin (Haz) 5:30.76; 400 relay-Rainier Beach 50.04; 400-Matthews (Sky) 60.66; 300 hurdles- Brackmann (Sky) 49.60; 800-Conlin (Haz) 2:25.05; 200-Tibbot (Sky) 26.06; 3,200-Vu (New) 11:38.86; 1,600 relay-Seahome 4:23.30; Javelin-Knutzen (NH) 112-6; Discus- Jacobsen (Sam) 124-0; Triple jump-Hayden (Sea) 35-8; Shot put-Jacobsen (Sam) 36-10.5; High jump-Finilon (Sky) 5-0; Long jump-Hayden (Sea) 15-11.75; Pole vault-Meas (Stan) 8-6.
Coupeville JV 12, North Sound Christian 7: At Coupeville, freshman Joel Crain cracked three hits, including a double and triple for Coupeville in the non-league loss.
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Watson, Waller (6) and Waller, Mallory (6). Hauser and King. WP-Hauser. LP-Watson. 2B-Crain (NSC), Hill (C). 3B-Crain (NSC), Hauser (C). Records-North Sound Christian 3-1 in league, 4-4 overall. Coupeville JV not reported.