Overlake boys soccer kicks into 1A state final

Overlake’s boys soccer team defeated The Bush School, 3-1, in the 1A state soccer semifinals on Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

The Owls will play Wahluke at 3 p.m. Saturday in the final.

Overlake conceded an own goal three minutes into the game, but at the 11-minute mark, Brevin Lacy tallied on a long-range, left-footed shot into the upper left corner.

After missing nearly the entire season with a broken collarbone, senior Matt Slee returned to action in the 20th minute to a standing ovation from the Overlake fans.

Six minutes later, he netted a long shot to put the Owls up, 2-1.

“The team knew that the only chance he would have of playing again for Overlake was if we made it to the final four, so that was a real motivation for the team,” said coach Bob Bristol.

In the 62nd minute, a hustling Alex Martin caused a turnover in the Bush end and the ball bounced to Lucas Tsilas, who scored a one-on-one goal past the keeper.

Overlake center midfielder Nate Scotchdopole played solid and shut down Emerald City League MVP Eamon Stein down the stretch.