Last year's ride to the Class 3A state-title match served the Bainbridge High School boys soccer team well. Now, the Spartans have the trophy...

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PUYALLUP — Last year’s ride to the Class 3A state-title match served the Bainbridge High School boys soccer team well.

Now, the Spartans have the trophy they coveted.

Sophomore forward Peter Fawley’s goal in the 68th minute turned out to be the difference as fifth-ranked Bainbridge beat No. 6 Mercer Island 3-2 on Saturday at Sparks Stadium. It’s the Spartans’ first state title in boys soccer. They lost 3-0 to Camas in the final last year.

Fawley’s third goal in two days allowed the Spartans (18-2-4) to withstand a flurry of offense from Mercer Island (14-2-4) in the final 10 minutes.

“I thought that (goal) was insurance at first, and they came back,” said Fawley.

“We were here last year, and it was not fun losing. This was awesome that we got to come back.”

Bainbridge, which led 3-1 but gave up a goal with 10 minutes left, got a clearance off the goal line from sophomore Campbell Queen in the 78th minute. Then, Spartans goalkeeper Carsten Frederickson got a fingernail on a header from MI’s Nick Boye at the right post after a cross by Alex Wood was served to near perfection.

“You’ve got to give (Bainbridge) a ton of credit,” said Mercer Island junior Jordan Morris, who has already verbally committed to Stanford. “We could’ve had them, but they deserved to win. We came out really slow, and they came out really hard.”

Morris played despite a deep muscle bruise along his right shin, suffered in Friday’s 3-1 semifinal win over Eastmont.

Bainbridge went up 1-0 on Michael Crowley’s point-blank goal in the 10th minute. Connor Winship hiked the lead to 2-0 by burying a 20-yard half-volley chance in the 19th minute. The Islanders cut the lead to 2-1 in the 47th minute on Jake Michael’s second goal in as many days. In the 68th minute, Fawley beat one defender and then Mercer Island goalkeeper Sam Miller for a 3-1 Spartans lead.

Morris then cut the gap to 3-2 in the 70th minute on a 17-yard blast to the far left corner.

“It was like a lot of games for us this year,” Bainbridge coach George Vukic. “Two goals is not enough here, and we knew it at half. I would say that we should’ve closed some games earlier this year.

“I don’t think we were lucky.”

Third-place game

Eastmont 6,

Mountain View 5, shootout

Goalkeeper Daniel Romero made three consecutive saves in the penalty-kick session as the second-ranked Wildcats (20-3-0) from East Wenatchee outlasted the Thunder (13-7-1) from Vancouver in a wild match.