Central Valley needed penalty kicks to claim last year’s Class 4A state girls soccer championship.
Kelsey Turnbow made sure securing title No. 2 didn’t require such dramatics.
Turnbow scored four goals with her first coming in the third minute as the Bears of Spokane Valley successfully defended their state crown with a 5-2 victory over Jackson of Mill Creek in the championship final Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
“She’s just an amazing player,” Central Valley coach Andres Monrroy said of Turnbow. “The team’s job is (to) feed her and her job is to score.”
Turnbow did plenty against the Timberwolves, scoring twice in each half.
“We played so well as a team out there today,” said Turnbow, who fired a match-high nine shots, with seven on goal. “Getting that first goal so early really gave us a lot of energy. It set the tone.”
Central Valley (20-2) defeated Issaquah, 3-2, on PKs to win its first 4A state title last season, joining Federal Way (1991-92) and Skyline (2008-09 and 2011-12) as the only schools to win consecutive 4A state championships.
“We’ve been so dominant this season,” Monrroy said. “The seniors deserve this. They put in so much hard work over the last four years to turn this into a great program. (Winning state) never gets old.”
Holding a 3-2 advantage with 11 minutes to play, Megan Dimmler gave Central Valley some breathing room, scoring on a goal assisted by Katie Van Etten before Turnbow closed out the scoring with her fourth goal in the 75th minute.
The Bears, who needed a goal in the last minute of play from Dimmler to put away Gig Harbor, 1-0, in the semifinals, wasted little time finding the back of the net in the championship match.
Minutes into the contest, Alaina Bates fired a shot that missed the mark, but dangerously trickled in front of the goal just out of the reach of Jackson goalkeeper Callie Vanaelst, who dove in her unsuccessful attempt to secure the ball.
Turnbow quickly closed in on the loose ball, beating a Jackson defender to the spot in front of the goal before pounding it in, forcing the Timberwolves to play catch-up from then on.
The sophomore forward added her second goal — an unassisted blast 6 yards out from the top of the box to the far right side — in the 39th minute to put Central Valley up 2-0.
Jackson was able to cut the deficit in half right before the intermission on Madison Cooley’s goal during extended time.
However, whatever momentum the Timberwolves took into the locker room at the half was quickly wrestled away on Turnbow’s third goal in the 53rd minute.
Jackson had scored three goals in the final 7 minutes of play to surprise Skyline, 3-2, in the semifinals, but Turnbow’s scoring barrage made sure a repeat performance did not occur.