By Merrick Parnell
Kirkland, WA – The Trinity Lutheran (Trinity) Men’s Soccer team started their spring season off on the right foot, after a hard fought 2-1 win over the NAIA’S Cascade Conference’s Northwest University (Northwest.)
With only 14 players in uniform, Trinity used its speed, skill and veteran leadership from Jesse Torres and Peiman Pahlevan combined with the cunning strategy of coach Tao Shen to jump all over Northwest early. In just the 8th minute, Pahelvan took pass into the box and fired it past the Northwest keeper. Pahlevan and Bryant Maxey would keep the Northwest defense busy as they relentlessly attacked the goal. Northwest’s only goal would come from a penalty kick in the middle of the first half.
Motivated by their first half success, Trinity took the field for the second half, with the same attacking mentality, but they were also met with great resistance by the Northwest side. The battle of the seccond half waged back and forth, in a grinding stalemate, as Trinity’s defense led by Kyle Peteron, and Drew Cherbert put up a brick wall. The half’s momentum swung in the 87th when Trinity’s keeper Christos Voglis made a huge save at point blank range. Trinity then mounted several more attempts at a goal, but each missed by narrow margins. Finally, a Maxey shot would find the back of the net in the 89th to give Trinity the win.
“I was in the right spot to finish the game, but with just a few players, it took every individuals effort to get the win.” Said Maxey.
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