Friday Harbor upset previously unbeaten Orcas Island 1-0 on Yadir Plaza`s golden goal in overtime at the 2018 Classic- 1B/2B Boys Tri-District Tournament semifinal Thursday, November 1 at Anacortes High School.
The Wolverines' coach was proud of his team's "hustling" effort in their third match against the potent Viking squad. "It was just a gritty game all-around," Andy Duke said.
The Wolverines (14-3) will play Evergreen Lutheran (15-1-1) in the Tri-District Championships at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3 at Interlake High School.
Evergreen Lutheran, the SeaTac 1B League champs, edged Mount Vernon Christian 1-0 in the other Tri-District semifinal November 1.
The Tri-District Champion advances as the three district's top seed to the eight-team state tourney and the runnerup will be the No 2 seed. Orcas (15-1) and Mount Vernon Christian (13-4) are slotted into the Tri-District's third and fourth berths. They will face each other in the first round of state play, scheduled for November 8-10.
Orcas, the Northwest 1B/2B League champs, trimmed Friday Harbor 3-2 and 2-0 during conference action this season and the Vikings were looking for a three-peat over their cross-water rivals. The teams battled gusty winds and sheets of rain before finishing scoreless after 80 minutes.
"Our back four were the key to that game," Duke said of the Wolverines' defenders. "They did an excellent job of limiting the opportunities Orcas had."
Friday Harbor appeared to be frustrating and wearing down Orcas late in the second period, Duke said. The Wolverines took that momentum into overtime and converted on their best shot at the Viking goal three minutes and 20 seconds into the extra period.
Orcas was whistled for a handball just outside the 18-yard box. After the ref gave him the ball, Plaza noticed the Vikings were still organizing their wall. He quickly placed it and hammered it into the far post.
"Their keeper made a valiant attempt (to stop it) but it was out of his reach," Duke said. "It was just a heads-up play by Yadi."