Curtis goalie clutch in first-round win

Staff reportMay 21, 2014 

Once again, Curtis High School found itself in a shootout in the Class 4A boys soccer postseason.

And once again, Vikings junior goalkeeper Mason Mahoney made a decisive save in crunch time.

All Mahoney had to stop was one penalty-kick attempt – and he did. The Vikings upended Central Valley, 1-0 (5-3 shootout), on Tuesday night in the opening round of the state tournament.

Nathan Huff, Josh Lee, Eddie Na, Zack Ecklund and Riley Hess went a perfect 5-for-5 in the shootout for the Vikings (12-3-4) to beat the Greater Spokane League runner-up.

“Winning helps with confidence,” said Curtis coach Frank Hankel, who saw his team end Jefferson’s reign as 4A champion in a shootout last week in the district tournament. “The boys are playing with a great deal of confidence.”

After Ecklund scored to make it 4-3 in the shootout, it was Brock Benzel’s turn for Central Valley (13-3). Benzel hit a liner to his left that Mahoney stopped with his chest.

“(Mahoney) is an extremely athletic young man,” Hankel said.

Hess then sent a low liner to his left for the game-winning goal.

Curtis is in the 4A quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.

Gig Harbor 1, at Issaquah 0 (OT): Tides coach Todd Northstrom was already getting his shooters ready for a shootout when his son, Ike, cut in with the ball from the left side of the Eagles’ penalty box and was tripped from behind late in the second overtime.

A foul was called. A penalty kick was awarded. And Tanner Stepp drilled it for the winning goal in the 89th minute as the 4A Narrows League champion won at Issaquah Stadium.

Stepp hit a low liner left past Eagles standout goalkeeper Saif Kerawala, who has signed with the University of Washington.

“We didn’t play well in the second half. They controlled it,” Northstrom said. “I’ve never wanted to get to an overtime more than this game.”

Matt Stephens had four saves — two in the final 15 minutes of regulation — in earning the shutout in goal for the Tides (14-3-1).

CLASS 3A

At Sunnyside 1, Auburn Mountainview 0: Noe Meza scored in the 60th minute, and the Grizzlies (18-2) did just enough to squeak by the Lions (12-4-1) at home.

The Big 9 champions will host Kennewick in the 3A quarterfinals.

CLASS 2A

Kingston 2, Orting 1 (4-3 shootout): Austin McKenzie sent the match to overtime with his penalty kick for the Cardinals (13-4-1) in the 77th minute, but the Buccaneers won in a shootout at North Kitsap Stadium.

Alex Hernandez, who had the goal for Kingston (18-2) in regulation, kicked the winner in the shootout.

Hockinson 2, Fife 1 (OT): The 2012 state champions took an early lead, only to watch as the Hawks stormed back for the road victory at Franklin Pierce Stadium.

Conner Thompson scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute for Hockinson (15-5). Fife (14-3) got a goal from Edgar “Pee Wee” Garcia in the ninth minute, but missed on numerous scoring chances after that.

Capital 1, Anacortes 0: Aidan Klemmer’s goal late in overtime carried Capital over Anacortes in Oak Harbor. Capital (19-2) will face Kingston in the state quarterfinals.

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