As an early hint of winter dropped the temperature at Tumwater District Stadium into the 30s Tuesday night, the Black Hills High School girls soccer team generated no meaningful offensive heat and dropped a Class 2A District 4 semifinal, 3-0, to visiting Hockinson.
Senior midfielder Rylee Seekins scored two goals for the Hawks.
“Our execution wasn’t good,” said Wolves coach James Corbin.
Black Hills did show some strong effort as the Wolves outshot Hockinson, 12 to 8, but couldn’t find the net despite putting six shots on goal.
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The Wolves did have two early opportunities. In the 4th minute Emma Lindsay got free in the box for a moment, but her shot was blocked by a Hockinson defender. Three minutes later, Hockinson narrowly avoided an own goal when goalkeeper Katrina Abbas made a nice save after Joslin Lindsay’s shot deflected off a Hawks defender’s foot.
Hockinson scored the only goal of the first half when Seekins made a run up the right side and placed a crossing shot into the left corner of the net.
Five minutes after halftime Seekins scored again, again from the right side but this time from 27 yards out. In the 67th minute, Natalie Johnson put the game out of reach for Hockinson when she went on a run from the left side and pounded a no-doubt shot into the back of the net.
Hockinson (12-6) assured itself of a state berth with the victory and now moves on to the district championship game on Thursday night against Ridgefield. Black Hills (12-5) will meet Washougal, a 1-0 winner over R.A. Long, in a consolation semifinal on Thursday. The match will likely be played at Tumwater District Stadium.
“We’ve got some scouting reports on them,” said Corbin. “They have a good side.”
At Ridgefield 4, Tumwater 0: T-Birds goalkeeper Sara Thompson collected eight saves, but Tumwater couldn’t hold the Spudders at bay.
Madison Ochoa got the best of a goal-line tangle 17 minutes into the match to give Ridgefield a 1-0 edge.
The Spudders added one more goal to make it 2-0 before the half on a Hailey Harris header in the 28th minute, before burying two in the second half to ice it.
Ridgefield goalkeeper Sarah Kaufman shut out Tumwater with two saves.
The T-Birds will play a loser-out match against Woodland on Thursday. Time and location are to be determined.
Woodland 2, at W.F. West 1: Alida Ellingson scored the lone goal for the Bearcats in a loser-out match at W.F. West High School.
At Seton Catholic 4, Elma 0: The Cougars knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs in shutout fashion at Camas High School.
Staff writer Lauren Smith contributed to this report.