SUMNER — It took 80 minutes of regulation, two 5-minute overtimes and a round of penalty kicks, but Capital High School will play in the state championship game in boys soccer for the first time in school history.
The Cougars prevailed, 1-0 (3-2 penalty kicks), over Sedro-Woolley on Friday night in the Class 2A state semifinals.
Capital (21-3) will face Squalicum of Bellingham, a 5-0 winner over Toppenish in Friday’s other 2A semifinal, in the state championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Backup goalkeeper Van Soderberg, who entered the game in the final minute of the second overtime in place of Jakob Racimo (five saves), was in goal for the penalty kicks and made three consecutive saves on the Cubs’ final shots from Obed Camacho, Nef Camacho and Kris Swanson.
After Sedro-Woolley goalkeeper Michael Moser made his second save with the penalty-kicks tied at 2-2, Daniel Pailthorp drilled his shot on the left side for the 3-2 advantage.
Capital’s Oni Mayer and Nigel El-Sokkary also made their penalty kicks.
Soderberg then blocked Swanson’s shot with a dive to the right to clinch the victory.
Sedro-Woolley (15-5-3) outshot Capital, 10-7, and held a 9-4 advantage on corner kicks in an evenly-played game during regulation. Neither team registered the “golden goal” in either of the two 5-minute overtime sessions.
Capital is guaranteed its best finish in school history. Its previous best finish in boys soccer was in 2010, where it placed fourth as a Class 3A program.
The Cougars have stretched its postseason shutout streak to five games. Capital hasn’t allowed a goal since a 3-2 overtime loss to Hockinson in the 2A District IV tournament May 13.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org