Bothell boys soccer advances in league playoffs

Bothell boys soccer bounced Newport, 3-2, on Saturday in the 4A KingCo playoffs.

The Cougars will take on Eastlake at 7 p.m. May 9 at Pop Keeney Stadium.

Bothell scored first seven minutes into the game when Cole Baker delivered a corner kick to Luke Marks, who headed it into the net. In the 62nd minute, Baker played a ball to Amir Tawrel, who finished a one-on-one goal. Newport scored one minute later, and in the 76th minute, Tawrel added another goal for Bothell. Newport once again scored a minute later.

Bothell started 6-0-1 in the first half of the season, defending well and finishing its opportunities, according to coach Shaun Warner. In the second half of the season, the Cougars struggled a little with finishing and adjusting to how teams were defending them.

“This was a really good obstacle to go through in the middle of the season. Now that we are in the postseason, we are moving the ball well, and really focusing on finishing the ball in the attacking third and playing strong solid defense,” Warner said. “This is a strong mental team that has battled through a lot, whether it be injuries, tough losses, tough calls in the game or even weather.”

The experienced team — with lots of seniors and young talent — has stood for three things all year, Warner said: No matter what the outcome of the games are, they judge themselves on being a family, competing and playing with discipline.