Roosevelt got two first-half goals from Avery Jacobson, then held off a furious charge down the stretch from the Lions to earn a 3-2 victory and advance to the state quarterfinals for a game against Mercer Island, 3-0 winners over Mountlake Terrace, either Friday or Saturday.

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When the Roosevelt boys soccer team needed goals this season, coach Gary Hunter always fell back on the easy phrase, “It’s Rider time,” a play off the team’s nickname, the Roughriders.

Most of Tuesday’s first-round Class 3A state contest against Auburn Mountainview, the No. 1 seed from District 3, was just that.

Roosevelt got two first-half goals from Avery Jacobson, then held off a furious charge down the stretch from the Lions to earn a 3-2 victory and advance to the state quarterfinals for a game against Mercer Island, 3-0 winners over Mountlake Terrace, either Friday or Saturday.

“He says it a lot,” Jacobson said. “Whenever we need a goal, coach yells ‘It’s Rider time.’ ”

While Jacobson staked the Riders to a 2-1 lead at the half, it was Alex Low’s breakaway in the 48th minute that netted the decisive tally.

Low broke as a long ball sailed behind the Mountainview defense. The sophomore forward gained possession some 30 yards out, took a couple of touches to settle and pounded the ball into the low left side of the goal past Lion keeper Grayson Chester.

At the time, it gave Roosevelt, the No. 4 seed from District 2, a 3-1 lead. With 12 minutes to go, Hunter made a defensive adjustment and pulled a third defender into the back row.

Mountainview still made it interesting, though, when Erik DeAnda got into the box off the right side and buried a line drive shot past keeper Darius Ochoa to get the Lions within one, 3-2, in the 71st minute.

“They’re a No. 1 seed,” Hunter said. “That’s tough. But we had a game plan and we stuck to it. We play in the Metro League. We’re battle-tested. Our kids brought their hearts.”

A slow start offensively evolved into an up and down final 20 minutes of the first half.

Just three minutes after Jacobson gave Roosevelt the lead, 1-0, with a short shot from about 8 yards out in the goalbox, Low got another big chance for the Roughriders.

But Low’s hard blast off the left side in the 21st minute was saved by Chester.

Still, those opportunities seemed to kick-start both teams.

In the 37th minute, Jacobson’s nifty bit of dribbling got him open again, this time on the left side about 15 yards out.

Jacobson kept the ball on the ground, punching it toward and into the right corner just at the post as the Roughriders took a 2-0 lead.

A minute later, though, the Lions cut the margin in half when Christian Rotter got free in front of the goal and found DeAnda on the right side with a perfect pass.

DeAnda quickly settled the ball and hit a line drive shot into the short side to make it 2-1 in the 38th minute.

That’s the advantage Roosevelt took to the half.

Information in this article, originally published May 17, 2016, was corrected May 18, 2016. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Gianluca Torgerson was Roosevelt’s goalkeeper in a Class 3A state boys soccer victory over Auburn Mountainview on Tuesday. Darius Ochoa was the goalkeeper.