Puyallup used a halftime pickup to route Federal Way in the early second-round district girls soccer match at Curtis High.
After a slow start, the Vikings used the break to find themselves to come out firing in the second half as the South Puget Sound League South champions defeatedFederal Way, 4-2, in the second-round of the West Central District III playoffs.
“At halftime our discussion was stop trying to not make mistakes and just go play the game,” Puyallup coach Matt White said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to play Gig Harbor, and we know Gig Harbor is going to show up.”
With the win, Puyallup (13-2-2) will face Narrow’s No. 1 Gig Harbor (12-3-1) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Roy Anderson Field. The game will be for the No. 3/No. 4 seeds out of district.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Saige Lyons said of their meeting with Gig Harbor.
Puyallup started out a little rusty in the first half, trying to not make mistakes instead of attacking the goal. When they did, good things happened as when Katelynn Wood opened up a 1-0 Puyallup lead heading into halftime.
In the 19th-minute, Lyons was fed a short pass off a set piece at the top of Federal Way’s penalty box, before the senior forward hit a pass to Wood who easily tapped it in.
The goal made it eight consecutive games with a goal or an assist by Wood.
The Vikings were running on all cylinders in the second half, as Puyallup was able to put up three goals on Federal Way. The first came when Jordyn Bartelson connected with a though-ball to Lyons who popped off a 20 yard shot for a 2-0 lead.
“I’m lucky I get to play club with her (because) she knows how I play,” Lyons said. “She just fed me the ball and I smacked it in.”
After Eagles freshman Rachel Kimura cut the lead to 2-1, Puyallup answered right back as Noelle KockWahNg found a loose ball on a corner to put the Vikings up 3-1.
Moments later, Lyons dribbled deep into the Eagles penalty box before finding Bartelson on the back end as the Viking midfielder hammered a top corner blister for a 4-1 lead.
“I just beat the defender and started dribbling toward the goalie,” Lyons said.
“Saige and I have done that play a few times this year, so I knew it was coming and got my feet set to take my shot,” Bartelson said.
Federal Way’s season ends at 7-8-2 with the loss.
“These girls have played together and fought in every game,” Federal Way coach Lynde Clarke said. “They wouldn’t go down without a fight.”
Bellarmine Prep 3, Emerald Ridge 0:
The Narrow’s No. 2 seed Lions took it to the Jaguars at the Lincoln Bowl as Bellarmine Prep (10-2-4) shutout Emerald Ridge (9-8-1) to advance into a state seeding game on Saturday.
With the win, Bellarmine will face Kentridge (14-1-0) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Tahoma High. Emerald Ridge was eliminated with the loss.
Cascade Christian 3, Vashon Island 2:
After the Cougars tied it at halftime, Cascade Christian (10-7-1) was able to ride a two goal second half to defeat knock out the Pirates and claim the Class 1A West Central Districts III third and final seed.
Sumner 2, Kennedy Catholic 0:
The 3A SPSL league champion Spartan kept rolling and Sumner will move onto to play the Prairie/Central Kitsap winner in the championship game Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Enumclaw 1, Bonney Lake 0:
The Hornets ousted 3A SPSL league opponent Panthers at Sunset Chev Stadium. The win sets Enumclaw (12-6-1) to face the Columbia River/North Thurston winner at Highline Stadium this Saturday for the No. 4 seed out of district. Bonney Lake’s season ends at 11-6-0.