North Central High School’s Spencer Jewel could do nothing more than watch from the sideline.
With his aching right shoulder supported by a sling, the senior keeper witnessed and agonized as the Ferris boys soccer team scored five goals on NC freshman Brad Cushman.
The one-sided attack led to a 5-0 Ferris win in a State AAA tournament quarterfinal match Saturday at University High School.
The win advanced Ferris to next weekend’s State AAA semifinal round against Tacoma’s Bellarmine Prep at Yakima. Bellarmine Prep beat Auburn’s Thomas Jefferson 1-0 Saturday.
It also allowed Ferris (18-1) to avenge its only defeat of the season - a 4-3 shootout loss to NC in a playoff-seeding match. Ferris won the season series 2-1.
“I was hoping we’d get them again.” Ferris senior defenseman Brent Molsberry said.
Molsberry scored the Saxons’ first goal on a penalty kick 29 minutes into the match.
“The goal was a little to the left,” recalled Molsberry. “It’s kind of a mind game. I heard them tell the keeper to watch my eyes. So I just looked right the whole time and went left.”
It was that kind of afternoon for Cushman. Prior to Saturday, he had never started in a varsity game.
Cushman was forced to take over at keeper when Jewel injured a ligament in his shoulder on Thursday.
“I was goofing around … playing rugby,” Jewel said, his voice trailing off.
Jewel was working on a string of five straight shutouts and played a major role in NC’s (9-9) unlikely postseason run. Still, when Ferris met NC in the Greater Spokane League regular season, the Saxons dominated, 7-0, with Jewel guarding the cage.
“I think we still were going to beat them, whether he was there or not,” Molsberry said.
In Saturday’s playoff match, Ferris’ only first-half goal came on Molsberry’s penalty kick.
“There wasn’t anything he (Cushman) did wrong,” NC coach Tim Cox said. “Ferris has got a tremendous team. They’ve got a lot of weapons, and we just couldn’t hold them off.”
The Saxons scored again just 2:20 into the second half on the first of sophomore forward Aaron Crary’s two unassisted goals.
“It looked like we were moving the ball better at that point,” Ferris coach Robin Crain said.
Just 2 minutes later, Crary faked out Cushman directly in front of the cage to stretch the lead to 3-0.
“I knew after we got that third goal, it was ours,” Molsberry said.
Junior forward Ryan Reed knocked in the fourth goal off a Billy Sleeth assist at 58:46. Senior Mario Vigil followed with a rightside shot off Abbas Faridnia’s assist at 66:40.
NC came close to avoiding the shutout, but Cody Smith’s shot from the top of the arc with 40 seconds left sailed wide.
Ferris 5, North Central 0
First half - 1. Ferris, Molsberry, 29:00. Second half - 2, Ferris, Crary, 42:20. 3, Ferris, Crary, 44:35, 4. Reed (Sleeth), 58:46, 5, Vigil (Faridnia), 69:18.
Shots on goal - Ferris 10, North Central 7. Saves - Ferris: Servine 3. North Central: Cushman 3.
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