Senior goalkeeper Sten Tolgu supplied his ninth shutout of the season as the Bulldogs stayed alive after coming off a school-best second place finish in the Class 3A state tournament last season.

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RENTON — Mike Lindberg is a big reason the Garfield boys’ soccer team is on the rise.

On Tuesday, he contributed big time as Garfield edged out Hazen, 1-0, in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at Renton Stadium.

Lindberg, a transfer from the Northwest School, took a chance with a tough angle shot just 12 seconds into the second overtime — the 86th minute — and found the back of the net to help Garfield advance to a quarterfinal match Friday against Edmonds-Woodway.

E-W beat Auburn Riverside, 2-0, in another first-round match.

Senior midfielder Tommy Renehan had the assist on the goal.

“I took a touch into the space, and I just hit it and took a chance and it went in,” Lindberg said.

“We hadn’t really tested the keeper before [that] and he fumbled the ball. Even if he fumbled it the other way, Tommy was right there to get it.”

Lindberg knocked in the eight-yard shot, bouncing it off Hazen goalkeeper Luis Rodriguez and into the right corner of the net.

Senior goalkeeper Sten Tolgu supplied his ninth shutout of the season as the Bulldogs stayed alive after coming off a school-best second place finish in the Class 3A state tournament last season.

Tolgu made seven saves, including three early in the second half to give Garfield a fighting chance during a Highlanders’ offensive flurry.

The Bulldogs had never been past the state quarterfinals until reaching the 3A final last season, only to fall to Interlake 1-0.

Hazen completes the season 12-6-1.

The Highlanders outshot Garfield 13-11 but Toglu came up big in a span of 20 minutes early in the second half with four huge saves. Tolgu slid out to the top of the penalty area to block a shot, made a leaping save at the right post, won a 50-50 ball and made a save near the right post.

“Sten’s a great keeper,” Lindberg said.

“I don’t think we’d be where we are without him. He just made incredible key saves throughout the game. He definitely stepped up and was winning everything.

“It’s very comforting to have him as a goalie.”

Garfield (13-5-0) had won nine matches in a row until falling 2-1 to Lakeside in the Metro League championship match on Saturday.

The Bulldogs’ program only had one win in state play in their previous five trips prior to last season’s three wins.

“We didn’t talk specifically about shots, but we talked about having intensity [in Tuesday’s overtime],” Garfield coach Carlos Enriquez.

“We were excited for it. We were up the extra five or 10 minutes. Let’s go out there and see what we could make out of it. We were excited when [Lindberg] was that deep in with the ball and the fact that a goal came out of it was a pleasant surprise.”

The Bulldogs lost last year’s leading scorer, Roko Bedalov, to a preseason injury and have five starters back from the state runner-up team.

Enriquez says, “It’s really not the same team.”

Still, the beat goes on with Tolgu as the team leader at the back.

“Usually, if I get nervous for a game, it’s only before,” Tolgu said.

“Once I step onto the field and once I start my warmup, all that melts away. I’m confident in my abilities and my team is so positive.

“We always build each other up. There’s no fear. We definitely draw on last year’s experience, getting farther than any team in Garfield history. It’s become a standard. We don’t aim for anything less than the state title.”