Anacortes 38, Orting 35: Youth and inexperience were the undoing for the Cardinals as they saw a 35-14 melt away in the second half.
“We started to shoot ourselves in the foot and we got a lot of penalties,” said coach Marty Parkhurst. “Drives would stall and we would be in long yardage situations.”
Early in the contest, J.K. Crespo was on fire rushing for two touchdowns and a 16 yard pass to Daniel Hobart. Orting built a comfortable lead and looked like they were going to cruise to the win.
“We have some young kids and new kids and they need to work on staying focused,” Parkhurst said. “We battled hard the whole way, but it’s off and on and it ended up costing us.”
The Seahawks’ Trystan Lowry was instrumental in the second half as he threw three of his four touchdown passes for the comeback.
Even though it was a tough loss for Parkhurst and the Cardinals, they believe that their slate will be wiped clean when league play begins against the rest of the 2A SPSL Sound division.
Top Performer: Kaylee Coatney, Bonney Lake
Coatney scored two goals and had one assist in the Panther’s 3-2 win over the Wolves.
Bonney Lake 3, Black Hills 2: The Panthers opened their season with a solid performance from Kaylee Coatney as she led her team with two goals and an assist.
After a scoreless first half, Coatney opened the new period with a goal in the 41st minute thanks to an assist from Ashley Nall. Coatney would score again 12 minutes later, assisted by Olivia Kirby.
Brey Bixler and Payton Schelin were also standouts defensively as they held off the Wolves’ attack for the first half. Only Sydney Lowe would score for Black Hills in the 47th and 66th minutes.
White River 3, Enumclaw 2: All three of White River’s goals came in the first half and Emma Robbins was responsible for two of them.
Robbins netted the first White River score in the 10th minute, then again in the 21st. Chloe Narolski rounded out the first half scoring in the 34th minute.
Enumclaw fought back in the second half, however. Monica Brown scored to start the comeback in the 41st minute. The last goal of the match would then be scored by Sawyer Anderson off the Carli Boger assist.
Gig Harbor 3, West Valley (Yakima) 0: The Tides had no trouble against the Rams as all three goals came in the first half.
Jaylynn Burton off a Paige Tullis assist in the third minute got the ball rolling for Gig Harbor. Tatum Griffin would score in the ninth from Carolyn Merrick’s assist and Merrick herself scored in the 34th.
Claire Bosselmann kept her sheet perfect and earned the shutout.
Emerald Ridge 3, Graham-Kapowsin 1: Karlee Stueckle had two goals — one in each half — for the Jaguars.
The first being an unassisted goal in the 20th minute, Stueckle would earn her second goal off the Katie Matthews assist in the 52nd minute. It would break the 1-1 tie, caused by Graham-Kapowsin’s Allyson Catlett’s goal in the 23rd minute.
Corissa Olson would put the final nail in as she scored in the 69th minute off the Kahilu Hoopii assist for Emerald Ridge.