Greg McCorkle
Sealth Goalie Kristian Nilssen celebrates as Midfielder Mori Tsuchiya scores a Seahawk goal in the first half of play. Newport won the game 2-1 after a player was injured and the game stopped.

SLIDESHOW: Sealth loses a shortened soccer match to Newport 2 - 1

By Greg McCorkle

Chief Sealth hosted a match against the Newport Knights that initially went well for the Seahawks.

Sealth's Mori Tsuchiya scored a goal at the 19:09 in the first half to go up 1-0 and carried that lead into the second half until a miscue by a Sealth defenseman, led to a goal by the Knights tying the match 1-1 at 3:55 into the half.

The Seahawks seemed deflated by the unfortunate turn of events and the Knights took advantage of the Sealth letdown scoring five minutes later to push the score to 2-1.

There was plenty of time for Sealth to mount a comeback but the game was called due to a severe injury to Newport player Dimitri Popoff who suffered a broken arm while defending against a Seahawk attack on Newport’s goal in the twenty first minute of the second half.

Popoff had to be removed off the pitch by ambulance and the truncated match ended in a 2-1 victory for the Newport Knights.

He was in good spirits and waved to the crowd as he was put into the ambulance.

Please join The Herald and Chief Sealth High School in wishing Dimitri Popoff a speedy recovery.

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