4A soccer final sizzles

Contributing writerNovember 24, 2013 

Central Valley’s Savannah Hoekstra (25) runs to celebrate with goalkeeper Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer, right, after the Bears beat Issaquah in a shootout for their first state championship Saturday.

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Central Valley girls soccer coach Andres Monrroy just wanted to see the match go into a shootout.

Survive the two five-minute overtimes, then line them up and kick.

“We know how to win shootouts,” the Bears coach said with a smile.

Central Valley has won all four of its shootouts this season, but the most recent one will go down as the biggest in school history as the Bears from Spokane Valley captured their first state championship by knocking off Issaquah 3-2 (3-2 shootout) in the Class 4A state finals Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer blocked two penalty kicks by the Eagles in the shootout while a third Issaquah attempt went wide left.

“My teammates deliver on PKs,” Kunz-Pfeiffer said. “I knew they’d come through. I just had to do my part.”

Central Valley (18-1) was outshot 16-6 during regulation and overtime combined.

“We were nervous early on,” Monrroy said. “This is our first time playing in the finals. Once we settled down and started playing our style I knew we were going to be tough to beat.”

Issaquah (15-5-1) was making its seventh state championship match appearance since 2004.

The Eagles, who won 3A state titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007, took a 2-1 lead on Juliana da Cruz’s goal in the 70th minute. The Bears found the equalizer late on Hailey Spooner’s goal in the 78th minute.

Issaquah dominated the offensive flow in the first, holding an 8-1 advantage in shots and enjoying a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Devan Talley’s 15th goal of the season put Issaquah on the scoreboard in the 16th minute.

Olympia 1, Mead 0 (3-0 shootout) (3rd/4th): The Bears capped their most successful season in 18 years with a shootout victory over the Panthers.

Olympia’s sophomore goalkeeper Sophie Kabel was stellar during the shootout, turning away all three of Mead’s penalty-kick attempts.

It marks the fourth state trophy all time for the Bears (16-4-2) and the squad’s best finish since taking second at the 3A state tournament in 1995.

CLASS 3A GIRLS

Liberty 2, Kamiakin 1: Sami Harrell’s 53rd-minute goal gave the Patriots their first 3A state championship.

Liberty’s Sydney Abel came out hot, scoring the opening goal in the first minute at Sparks Stadium. The Knight’s Alicia Nguyen countered with a goal in the 16th minute. But Harrell tracked down an Abel pass and scored the game-winner.

CLASS 1A GIRLS

University Prep 3, King’s 2: Out of a crowd just inside the penalty box, Claire O’Brien rifled a 15-yard shot for the winning goal in stoppage time, and the Pumas completed an amazing comeback to repeat as state champions.

King’s took a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute on Beth Stella’s straightaway 20-yard shot. But University Prep tied it when Alissa Soo scored on a putback in the 74th minute after King’s goalkeeper Madeline Nielson lost control of a save near the left post.

CLASS 1B/2B GIRLS

Crosspoint Academy 1, Bear Creek 0: Hannah Reinholt’s stellar goalkeeping lifted the Warriors to their first state championship.

Reinholt, a constant force for the Warriors all season, made five saves in the final.

Desere’e Doty scored the only goal in the fourth minute.

CLASS 1B/2B BOYS

Bear Creek 2, Grace Academy 0: Goalkeeper Blake Denniston and the Grizzlies’ defense propelled Bear Creek to its first state championship since 2005.

After a scoreless first half, Bear Creek’s Jesse Leuneberger broke through with an unassisted goal in the 56th minute. Nathan Sim put the game away with a goal in the 60th minute.

Staff writers Todd Milles anbd Kevin Manning contributed to this report.

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