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Interlake Saints senior soccer players Daniel Pratt, left, and Austin Ball, right, have known each other since they were five years old.— Image Credit: SHAUN SCOTT, Bellevue Reporter
Dynamic duo on the soccer field
BELLEVUE, WA—The sport of soccer is essentially a microcosm of life.
Team chemistry and having the innate ability to know what your colleagues/teammates are doing at any juncture can make all the difference between success and failure. The Interlake Saints, who captured the Class 3A state championship courtesy of a 1-0 win against the Garfield Bulldogs last May, have two seniors who possess unbridled team chemistry on the soccer pitch. Interlake defender Daniel Pratt and midfielder Austin Ball, who have known each other since they were 5 years old, began playing soccer together on micro soccer fields in the Bellevue area in the early 2000s.
“When we started out, it was a youth league arranged through friends at an elementary school. It started out with mini goals and was 5-on-5,” Pratt said.
The duo played on the same squad through elementary school but played on different teams in junior high. The dynamic duo reunited at Interlake as freshman in the spring of 2013.
Helping the Kingston Buccaneers on the soccer field this season are the Hernandez trio of Alex (10), his brother Leo (7) and their cousin Jovi. (STEVE ZUGSCHWERDT/SPECIAL TO THE KITSAP SUN)
Kingston boys soccer fueled by Hernandez trio
KINGSTON, WA— Not even Kingston boys soccer coach Craig Smith can keep up with all the related players on his team.
First there are fraternal twins Alex and Leo Hernandez. Then there is cousin Jovi Hernandez. All three are seniors. All three are four-year varsity players. All three are reasons the Buccaneers believe they can return to the Class 2A state tournament for the fourth consecutive year, having bowed out in the quarterfinals the past two seasons.
“It’s a joy to coach them,” Smith said.
The family ties don’t end there, which came as a surprise to Smith. Damon Ledesma is a cousin of the Hernandez trio.
“They are related to Damon?” Smith asked.
So is Alex Moran, a junior like Ledesma.
“Alex Moran is a cousin too?” questioned the coach.
Give Smith some slack. He’s been coaching high school soccer so long — he started North Kitsap’s program in 1981 — that it’s difficult keep up with all the bloodlines he’s encountered over the years.
Mt. Si marks coach’s 100th win
Reid Howland charges for the goal against Lewis & Clark High School March 18. A team captain, he scored two goals in Mount Si’s 4-1 win that night. Photo courtesy of Calder Productions
SNOQALMIE, WA—Mount Si High School’s boys soccer team has a 4-1-0 record heading into their next game, this Friday, March 25, at home against Newport.
The Wildcats scored a big win last Friday, also at home, when they hosted Lewis & Clark High School.
Scoring goals on the night were Reid Howland with two and one each for Ethan Duvall and Kyle Hunter. Drew Harris added three assists to his stat sheet and Oliver Eriksen, one.
On the previous day, Mount Si took its first loss in the young season, with a 1-0 shutout at Interlake High School.
The biggest game of the past week, though, was also a shutout, this time in favor of the Wildcats. With their 1-0 victory over Lake Washington Tuesday, March 15, the Wildcats gave head coach Darren Brown his 100th win as the head soccer coach.
Brown, who’s been coaching the boys since 2004, now has 100 wins on his record for both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at Mount Si.
Scoring the winning goal Tuesday was Matt DiLoreto, with an assist from Ethan Duvall.
Goaltenders Griffin Popp and AJ Zanas earned the shutout.
Friday’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.
For the latest news on Mount Si soccer, visit http://www.mshsboyssoccer.com/index.html.