Gig Harbor junior goalie Jordan Bertram watched Federal Way’s final penalty kick sail over her head.
And then something funny happened — the stadium was silent.
Bertram looked at the referee.
“That’s five,” the referee said to her.
So Bertram threw her hands up and the team went nuts. After a full 80 minutes and double overtime with no goals for either team, the Tides had won in penalty kicks, 3-2, at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
“You just have to stay composed,” Bertram said. “You want to do it for your team because they battled for too many minutes. You just want to give them what they earned.”
Gig Harbor seniors Sarah Hashman, Emery Wallerich and Rachel Ross all took advantage of their penalty kick chances. It was a different story for Federal Way (9-4-3), which had three players sail the ball over Bertram’s head, which made the goalkeeper’s job a little easier.
“Yes, that was definitely a relief for me,” Bertram said. “But you’ve just got to be prepped and ready if they ever do come.”
The win advances Gig Harbor (11-4-2) to another district elimination game, this time against the Puyallup Vikings (12-2-2) at 6 p.m. Thursday at Curtis High School.
For the Tides, scoring has been an issue all season. Their effort is never an issue though, and they’ll keep playing hard.
“We’ve got to make sure we stay healthy and we’re able to feed in our forwards,” Bertram said. “We’ll just keep doing what we’re doing.”
The loss eliminates Federal Way from the postseason.
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