It felt like a Class 4A state first-round playoff match that would come down to who scored first.
Issaquah’s Annie Hoffman took advantage.
Set up by Rachel Wheeler’s perfect pass, Hoffman unleashed the match-winning strike in the 57th minute for the lone goal, and the Eagles upended West Central District champion Gig Harbor, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Roy Anderson Field.
Tides goalkeeper Aubrey Lindberg appeared to get enough of Hoffman’s shot for a save, but the ball slowly slipped underneath her hands and past the back line for the goal.
“Rachel dropped the ball in there, and I just smashed it,” Hoffman said. “I couldn’t really see it. Somehow it got under there.”
Issaquah moves on to face KingCo rival and two-time defending state champion Skyline in the 4A quarterfinals. The Tides ended their season at 10-2-5.
The Eagles dominated time of possession in much of the first
half. However, it was the Tides who came out the aggressors in the second, pushing the tempo and flying all over the place.
“It caused us some problems,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said.
Just not enough to get the Tides a goal. But what it did produce was a scary moment right after halftime when Gig Harbor captain Kailyn Tovey collided hard with Issaquah’s Kaylene Pang. Tovey left the game with a head injury and was unable to return, which was a huge blow to the team’s attack.
“Kailyn is always a great part of our offense,” Gig Harbor coach Dani States said. “Losing her speed hurt.
“They gave it everything they had. When you give that much, it’s going to hurt that much more. I’ll take it. We’re really young and I couldn’t be happier with the way our season went, and getting to this point with a young team.”