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Two For The Road

Trout Lake soccer team return from Seattle area triumphant

Trout Lake's boys soccer team improved its 2002 season record to 3-0 last weekend by winning both matches it played in the Seattle area.

The Mustangs outscored their two non-league opponents, Grace Academy and Snohomish County Christian, 9-3.

Trout Lake traveled to Marysville last Friday to take on Grace Academy and came away with a 3-2 victory.

Sophomores Kris Huffsmith and Ben Steward each scored a goal in the opening 40 minutes of action to stake the Mustangs to a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Junior Mike Hansen put one in the back of the goal in the second half to give Trout Lake a 3-0 lead.

Grace Academy scored its first goal on a free kick from 25 yards out and added another on a penalty kick late in the match.

According to Mustangs Coach Doug Dearden, the Mustangs dominated play, missing several easy scoring opportunities while out-shooting the Eagles 24-4.

"It wasn't their best performance, but they got the win," Dearden said of the Mustangs' effort.

After spending the night in the Grace Academy gym, Trout Lake faced a good Snohomish County Christian team on Saturday.

The score was deadlocked at 0-0 until sophomore Peter Schmid followed up a blistering shot from senior center midfielder Andy Dick.

Dick's shot handcuffed Snohomish's goalie and Schmid was able to put the rebound away.

Trout Lake protected that 1-0 lead through the end of the first half with a stifling defense that smothered several Snohomish scoring attempts.

The Mustangs' offense kept up the pressure in the second half, knocking in five more goals en route to a 6-1 victory.

Schmid scored two more to finish with a hat trick, and Hansen, Steward and freshman Dale Dick each added goals.

Dearden attributed Trout Lake's victory to solid passing, an aggressive defense and outstanding team play.

"I think Snohomish had some talented athletes with good skills, but the Mustangs showed good conditioning, and it benefitted us in the second half," he noted.

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