Jason Johnson, like a few more of the Tahoma High School boys soccer team’s coaches, said he had tears in his eyes.
Spencer Grant’s goal in the first minute of overtime broke a scoreless tie and lifted the Bears to a 1-0 victory against previously unbeaten Camas in the first round of the 4A state tournament on Wednesday at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas.
“Guys were falling to their knees in excitement,” Johnson said. “It was a special feeling.
“I’m so proud of my guys. Like I’ve said all year long, this is one of the most interesting and well-deserving kids I’ve ever coached.”
It was all created by Logan Wood. He broke through two defenders and split a pass to Grant making a run on the left.
Grant shot it through the upper right corner of the goal to seal the victory — Tahoma’s first state win since 1996.
“I honestly couldn’t believe it,” Grant said.
This after Tahoma (17-1-0) didn’t just suffer its first loss of the season Saturday against Gig Harbor, it lost convincingly. The Bears fell 5-0.
“We looked at each other like that was the best thing that happened to us,” Johnson said. “We were able to turn the page and use that as momentum.”
Camas (15-1-1) had its best look just before halftime. Johnson said a Camas forward got past Tahoma’s goalkeeper, but sophomore defender Cameron Jolley was able to stab the ball away just before it rolled into the net.
Tahoma advances to the state quarterfinals to face Inglemoor. Johnson said the match will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tahoma High School.
Mount Rainier finishes the season 10-7-1 overall, losing in the first round of state for the second time in three years.
Snohomish advances to face Bellarmine Prep, which won Tuesday’s state opener, 3-1, against Evergreen of Vancouver in the state quarterfinals later this week.