Seaside 5, Cascade 2

SEASIDE — Maddy Utti, you might say, wasted no time in making her mark as a high school soccer player.

Playing in her first game as a high schooler, the Seaside freshman scored a minute-and-a-half into Wednesday night’s season opener with Cascade. Then she scored again late in the first half and added a second-half goal to finish with three goals in her first game, which turned out to be a 5-2 win for the Gulls.

For good measure, Utti assisted on another goal as Seaside thoroughly outplayed the Cougars in the season opener at Broadway Field. The two teams tied 2-2 in last year’s season opener.

“It was a good start,” said Seaside coach Dave Rouse. “We did not move the ball as well as I’d like, but I was pleased with how we did for our first game. There were lots of nerves out there (the Gulls had three freshmen in the starting lineup).”

After Utti gave Seaside a 1-0 lead 1:30 into the game (with a steal and assist from Hannah Garhofer), sophomore Whitney Westerholm made it 2-0 in the ninth minute, taking a crossing pass from Utti and scoring from close range.

Five minutes later, Westerholm sent a pass up the middle, where Garhofer gathered it in and scored past the Cascade keeper.

The Cougars scored in the 24th minute, but Seaside countered with a goal in the final minute of the first half, Utti scoring off another assist from Westerholm.

Utti made it 5-1 in 67th minute, as she took a pass from Sophie Trevino and beat a Cascade defender for her third goal of the night and her young career.

Brianna Babbitt anchored a solid Seaside defensive effort.

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