Crosspoint boys soccer heads to playoffs with perfect record

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Crosspoint’s Aydan Laurion scored two goals Wednesday as the Warriors wrapped up an undefeated Sea-Tac League season with a 3-0 win over Evergreen Lutheran at Gordon Field.

Both teams will play in the District I/II 1B tournament next week and could face each other again in the playoffs. Crosspoint hosts Friday Harbor at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Gordon Field. Evergreen takes on Providence Classical Christian Monday.

“This was a great warm-up game for next week,” Crosspoint coach Keith Sargent said. “The reality is the postseason is where it’s at.”

Wednesday’s contest capped a solid regular season for both teams. Crosspoint (14-0 overall) and the Eagles from Tacoma (8-6, 8-4 league) played well in all aspects.

But it was the Warriors’ defense that kept Evergreen at bay for 90 minutes.

“Our defense is one of the best in the league,” said Warriors senior Aydan Laurion. “I know that they’ll always have my back if (the opponent) gets by me. Which is nice to know we have like a shield behind us.”

Crosspoint has nine shutouts on the season and has given up just seven goals. Sargent said Crosspoint has solid center backs in Hunter Feldbush and Harrison McArdle, and are playing two eighth-graders at outside back.

“On top of that the boys have a better understanding of how we need to defend overall and they understand the process,” he said.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said Evergreen coach Bill Renner. “I thought we had good possession we need to work on our finishing (touches).”

Evergreen’s roster boasts five players from Kitsap; Liam Peterson, Erik Gray, Sam Bessler, Micah Pittenger and Ben Schwartz and coming into the match had a 6-1 record for the month of October.

“Our team did everything that we could, unfortunately, we didn’t come out with the win,” said Peterson, a junior from Port Orchard. “We did play as well as we could have and like (coach Renner) said they’re a really good team.”

The Warriors’ first goal came in the 12th minute when DJ Doty scored against Pittenger off an assist from Aydan Laurion. Laurion tapped in a goal in the 23rd minute from Jackson Kimmel for a 2-0 halftime lead. Crosspoint’s final goal came in the 51st when Grant Baker fed the ball to Laurion.

Laurion said the Warriors aren’t looking ahead too far and have become a stronger team than last season which lost in the state finals.

“We’re trying to not go in too cocky,” he said. “We don’t want to be overconfident going into it … just try our best every game and hope it gets us there.”

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