Freshman nerves? Not for Morgan Weaver.
Weaver tallied a pair of goals, the second one from the left side in the 61st minute, leading Curtis to a 2-1 victory over host Redmond in the first round of the Class 4A state girls’ soccer tournament Tuesday.
After four consecutive opening-round exits, the Vikings earned their first state playoff win since 2000. They will travel to the winner of today’s Tahoma-Snohomish match for the quarterfinals this weekend.
Curtis went in front 1-0 in the 45th minute when Weaver got loose up the left side and converted a 14-yard, left-footed shot into the right corner of the net.
“She’s scored big goals all year for us,” Curtis coach Frank Hankel said. “She’s just a high-level player. She’s technically very sound, and she brings a lot to our team. When we get in tough games like this, we know we can lean on her.”
Redmond tied the match, 1-1, in the 52nd minute. But Weaver got the game-winner on her team-leading 14th goal a few minutes later.
Puyallup 2, at Cascade (Everett) 1: The SPSL South champions rallied in the second half, capped by Hannah Ornes’ second goal with seconds to go.
Ornes scored earlier in the 67th minute to tie the match. It was the Vikings’ first state tournament win since 2004.
At Mead 3, Kentridge 1: Kara Marbury scored the game-winner for the Panthers in the 44th minute, and the No. 3 team from the Greater Spokane League won at University High School. Kentridge took an early 1-0 lead on Hannah Jorgensen’s goal.
At Holy Names 2, Peninsula 0: The Cougars eliminated the Seahawks, who were in the state playoffs for the first time since 1995.
Second-half goals by Katie Chandler and Micahela McGonigle, both off corner kicks, gave Holy Names a 2-0 lead.
It was Peninsula’s sixth consecutive first-round defeat.
At Mount Spokane 2, Enumclaw 1: The Wildcats scored both of their goals in a three-minute span in the first half, and earned a first-round victory at Spokane Falls Community College.
Katie Christensen scored the Hornets’ lone goal right after halftime.
Archbishop Murphy 6, at Tumwater 1: The Wildcats scored two goals in the first six minutes, and kept the heat on with 21 shots on goal in routing the Thunderbirds.
In the sixth minute, Archbishop Murphy’s Brooke Busch lofted a free kick into the upper right corner from 35 yards out, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
They added a pair of penalty-kick goals in the second half by Shelby Koch, who had a hat trick. Selesha Harrah tallied Tumwater’s lone goal in the 76th minute.