What separated Olympia and Gig Harbor from overtime and a possible shootout Wednesday at Roy Anderson Field was the Tides’ first set piece of the game.
In the second-half stoppage time.
Off a corner kick.
And there was Joel Jacobsen, unmarked in the box, who headed in the game-winner off Tanner Stepp’s corner kick for the Tides’ 1-0 victory over the Bears that sends Gig Harbor to Saturday’s Class 4A’s boys soccer state quarterfinals.
The Tides (15-2-2) will play host to Wenatchee.
As for the pending overtime session: no thanks, Jacobsen thought.
“We wanted to win it our way,” he said.
For Olympia, the loss ends the Bears’ season at 10-7-3 in the program’s first trip to state since a 4A state quarterfinals appearance in 2008.
While Olympia coach Ty Johnson didn’t say his squad was the better team Wednesday, he did say the Bears had good opportunities to win the game.
In the first half, Olympia had a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal, and defensively, the corner kick allowed during stoppage time was the first of the game.
“We did everything we were supposed to do,” Johnson said. “We had chances we could’ve finished, and we didn’t.”
As time ticked down in the scoreless game, and overtime was pending, Johnson said he was OK with a shootout. Johnson said he had trust in his all-league goalkeeper, Davin Johnson (no relation).
Gig Harbor, though, had other plans. Jacobsen said the Tides wanted the game to end on their terms, and that meant with a goal.
“With a lot of seniors, we don’t want this to be our last game,” he said. “We want to win state. We want to end on a good note.”