Mack Breeden had some last words before leaving for the team bus back to White River High School.
“We are going to state and we are taking the state title,” the senior midfielder said.
There are still plenty of matches to play before then, but with the way White River cruised to a 2-0 victory at Fife on Tuesday and improved to 11-0-0 on the season, it’s not hard to imagine the Hornets reaching the 2A state title match for the second time in school history.
“We are deep, we’re strong, we’re talented and right now we’re confident,” White River coach Charlie Carlier said.
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Both White River’s goals against Fife (7-3-1; 7-2-0 2A SPSL) came in the first half.
The first was all Chloe Narolski. The team’s lone freshman weaved past two Fife defenders, and with her left foot struck the ball between three more from almost 20 yards in front of the net for the score in the 19th minute.
It got past Fife’s diving goalkeeper, Sienna Camp, into the back left corner of the goal.
“I just saw the space, I picked my head up and everyone was yelling, ‘Shoot,’ ” Narolski said. “So I just went for it.”
It was Narolski’s second goal of the season.
Grace Clapshaw scored the second goal Tuesday — becoming one of three White River players with at least six goals this season alongside Annabelle Hall (six) and Breeden (10) — off a cross in front of the net from Zoe Grimm in the 34th.
“Once we got a couple of shots, that helped us settle down and relax,” Carlier said. “That was the key to the game for us. That was our whole goal was to be composed and calm throughout the entire game.”
Fife had three shots hit off the goal post — including two in two kicks three minutes into the second half — but wasn’t able to score and prevent losing to White River for the second time this season — the Trojans’ only two 2A SPSL losses.
“In the first half we slowed them down with our passes but the second half we came out not being able to link up our passes, which was a little scary,” said Breeden, who will play soccer at Montana State-Billings next year. “I definitely think after yelling at the team, we calmed down, relaxed and we slowed down and got back to what we looked like in the first half.”
White River (11-0-0; 9-0-0) has five 2A SPSL games remaining, including at Steilacoom on Thursday.
The only time it reached the state championship was in 2010 when White River lost to Sehome.
Carlier said that run was unexpected. This team, however, expects a lot.
“We’ve got a confident team and we’ve got a lot of talent and the girls believe in each other,” Carlier said. “We knew this game was going to help prepare us for the next level and we just rose up to the challenge.”
One goal was all that separated the Gig Harbor High School girls soccer team from Olympia on Tuesday.
As both teams fought each other well into the match, a Joey Watermeyer breakaway lead to the ball reaching the back of the Bears' net to give the 1-0 lead to the Tides at the 58th minute.
For the remainder of the match, the Tides pressed hard and made sure that Jordan Bertrum would earn the shutout on the night.
The victory for the Tides given them some breathing room atop the 4A Narrows League soccer standings as Bellarmine Prep sits in second at 6-1-0 in league play.
Emerald Ridge 1, Graham-Kapowsin 0: In a tight match, the Jaguars were able to come out on top over the Eagles due to a Anna Watsek goal in the 53rd minute from Mareonna Henderson.
"It was a real close game," said Eagles coach Lucas Baker. "We had our opportunities and so did they."
Nina Lemanu and Michaela Mitchell earned the combined shutout for the Jaguars.
Bonney Lake 1, Auburn Mountainview 0: Olivia Kirby's patience in the match paid off as in the last minutes, the Panther was able to net the lone goal of the match.
Auburn Riverside 2, Peninsula 0: A pair of scorers in Jhordin Prescott and Cierra Enlow were all that the Ravens needed to win over the Seahawks.
Staff writer Jordan Whitford contributed to this report
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