As far as Tony Crudo is concerned, where his Fife High School girls soccer team finishes in the 2A South Puget Sound League standings isn’t important. It’s about knowing what his players can do.
And on Thursday night, what Fife did was scramble up the race for the league title with a 1-0 home victory over first-place Franklin Pierce.
“I don’t know if it’s going to matter who wins the league,” Crudo said. “It’s more that we can beat people who beat us, and we can compete.
“We want to try to win tough games.”
Fife midfielder Bella Robertson scored the only goal of the night, in the 10th minute, off a pass from senior midfielder Brittany Pringle.
Robertson, a sophomore who has played junior varsity most of the season, said she didn’t even realize that she had scored from about three yards out.
“It kind of tipped off my foot,” she said. “I barely felt it touch my foot, so I was like ‘Oh! OK, yeah, it happened!’ ”
The win was sweet retribution for the Trojans, which fell 4-1 to the Cardinals on Sept. 23.
“It was a really big game for us,” Robertson said. “We get better as the season goes on.”
Fife (8-3; 8-2 2A SPSL) controlled the ball for all but the final 15 minutes of the game, outshooting Franklin Pierce (8-3; 8-2) 12-6. The Trojans took seven corner kicks, while the Cardinals had three.
“We had a couple of big opportunities and they just didn’t fall for us,” said Franklin Pierce coach Lisa Green. “We were getting it in there; we just couldn’t finish tonight.”
Franklin Pierce’s best chance to score came on back-to-back headers by senior forward Caitrin McKenna in the end of the second half. The first was blocked by Fife goakeeper Carlie Kilcup, and sophomore midfielder Courtney Morton knocked the ball back about 10 yards.
McKenna’s second header was deflected by a group of Trojans after a corner kick was knocked to the side of the goal.
“They came out not as strong last time we played them,” McKenna said, “and I think we came out strong (this time), but we couldn’t finish anything.”