Wolfpack scores much-needed overtime victory over Marauders | Boys soccer
Last updated 4/20/2018 at Noon
Jackson desperately needed a victory against Mariner.
After starting out league play with three victories, the Timberwolves had lost three and had a tie in their next four contests to tumble out of first place.
A second tie seemed a distinct possibility when Mariner’s Luis Zuniga-Bedolla scored with about two minutes left in regulation to knot the score at 2 and sent the game into overtime.
Jackson (5-3-1 in the league, 7-3-1 overall) regrouped and quickly claimed the victory when junior Vincenzo D’Onofrio headed in a free kick by junior Kevin Giessler two minutes into overtime to lead the Timberwolves to a 3-2 win over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A boys soccer game Wednesday, April 11, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
“I like to get on the end of crosses,” D’Onofrio said. “So I saw that my friend Kevin was going to cross the ball in. I knew where he was going to put it. He always puts it in the same spot. I just needed to stand there and I went in as hard as I could and I just had to win the header.”
The victory snapped a Jackson winless streak that included losses to Monroe, Lake Stevens and Mount Vernon and a tie with defending district champion Glacier Peak.
“It was a must win,” Wolfpack coach Brett Norton said. “I didn’t care who we were playing. It was halfway through the season and we needed a win. We ran into a slump.”
When Mariner tied the score late in the second, D’Onofrio admitted doubts began to seep in the Timberwolves’ heads.
“We were like we’re going to go through another tie, another winless game,” he said. “So it was really important for us to come back to the bench and come back together and say that we have to win this. We’re going to win this in overtime.”
Brenden Clark and Adan Fernandez scored the other goals for Jackson, which returned to its attacking style of soccer against Mariner, Norton said.
“We were just reenergized,” the Jackson coach said of how the Wolfpack came out in over-
time. “They came out positive after regulation. They were confident going into overtime.”
The common thread in the previous four games, Norton added, was that the Timberwolves were playing more of a possession style of game rather than being aggressive.
“We’ve been really focused on possession of the ball and not necessarily attacking the goal,” Norton said. “So it’s a mentality change that we had to do.”
Norton praised the play of center-mids Robert Orlosky, Jake Williams and Connor Clark.
“The three center mids were the strongest,” Norton said. “Robert Orlosky had a fabulous game. I think that was the first time he played a full 80 minutes in a game. He shut down the centers.”
The Wolfpack then defeated Cascade 6-2 Tuesday, April 17. Jackson faces Kamiak at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20 at Kamiak High School and then hosts Mount Vernon at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, at Everett Memorial Stadium.