On Sunday, the Vashon Island Soccer Club boys’ team played the Vashon Island men in the 7th annual Ryan Krug Vashon Cup. This game raises scholarship money each year in honor of Ryan Krug, who was an outstanding scholar and athelete.
The game is typically played at the end of the club’s season but got pushed to spring — if we can call it spring yet.
It was a beautiful day and the game was played for the first time at the new Vashon High School stadium field.
The boys struck first with JJ Bogaard striking one over the back line and dipping into the far-side net. Minutes later, Tommy Delargy beat a high line and it was 2-0. Then again. And again.
This had the men down 4-0 at the 25-minute mark.
The men finally got on the board with a hard shot by Chris Haskins from 25 yards out, deflected by a last minute defensive effort into the top corner.
A few minutes later, Peter Amick received the ball on the right, dribbled across the pitch, turned back at top of box on far side and smashed one in far post. At halftime the men had closed the gap to 4-2.
But the boys came out strong to start the second half, and with a nice bit of razzle dazzle, beat the left back and put a hard low cross to Delargy for a tap in.
And again, the men’s back line was beat — this time, Zach Van Dusen scored, extending the lead to 6-2.
Then it was Scott Thorpe who scored a good one for the men, beating two defenders on a counter attack to make it 6-3.
But Delargy scored again for the boys, as did Chance Mentink with a header, followed by another from Delargy, with Mentink using his head again on a nice cross from Jease — giving the boys a 10-3 lead, and putting the game seemingly out of reach for the men.
Delargy scored two more, just to make sure.
Gerrardo Pereyda managed to score a final last gasp goal for the men. But the game ended with the boys’ team on top with 12 (8 from Tommy Delargy) and the men 4.
It was a decidely one-sided victory, but Ryan would have been proud of the effort on both sides and the good sportsmanship that prevailed.
The men raised about $1,200 for the Ryan Krug scholarship fund with their entry fees.
Thanks to the three volunteer referees, Jim Westcott, Rob Oswald and Doug Langworthy.
— Greg Martin, game organizer.