Top Performer: Ashley Bakunowicz, Kelso
Scored 2 goals in 4-0 win over Spanaway Lake
CLASS 3A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
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Lakes 1, North Thurston 0: The sole goal came off a cross that Myesha Moss sent to the back post out of reach of the goalkeeper.
And that sends the Lancers on to a winner-to-state game — with a chance to do something no Lakes girls soccer team has ever done before.
“We knew we needed to come out and play our game,” Lakes coach Miranda Ness said.
“The team has come together and is pushing one another, believing in one another.”
Now Lakes has another loser-out test, though. It faces Mountain View at noon on Saturday at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver, Washington with an opportunity for the Lancers to secure their first trip to the state tournament in school history.
And two years ago, Lakes won just three matches. The year before that? Two matches.
“We’re looking forward to playing on Saturday,” Ness said. “We are ready to go and we are gonna give it our all.”
Timberline 2, Evergreen 1 (3-2 SO): The Blazers fought for their playoff lives and came out on top to advance to Saturday.
It was 1-1 after regulation and overtime before Timberline put the match away in a shoot out. It will face No.2-ranked Stadium in a winner-to-state, loser-out match at noon on Saturday at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia.
Kelso 4, Spanaway Lake 0: The Hilanders shut out the Sentinels to end Spanaway Lake’s season.
“Mike Tyson used to say ‘everybody's got a plan until you get punched in the face’ and we had a plan until we got scored on,” Spanaway Lake coach Ryan Kolowinski said.
Spanaway Lake trailed 1-0 at halftime, but then it struggled. The strategy of containment was ineffective and a shift toward offense didn’t pay off either.
“I started my best players in the defense to try to hold them. We were gonna keep the score low if we were gonna have any chance at all,” Kolowinski said. “If you know anything about soccer, it doesn’t take much to open the floodgates.”
After the first goal by Makayla Roggow in the 31st minute, Ashley Bakunowicz scored the next two goals and then Matisyn Ohlson got the final goal of the game.
Kelso advances to face Gig Harbor in a winner-to-state, loser-out match at noon on Saturday at South Sound Stadium in Lacey.
Capital 3, Wilson 1: The Cougars scored two quick goals in breakaways and that was enough to keep their season alive.
And it ended Wilson’s season.
“It was a heart-wrenching loss,” Wilson coach Terry Gresswell said. “Capital played a good game. They capitalized on their opportunities and we didn’t.”
The loss came despite what Gresswell viewed was strong play by the team
“I would say we outplayed them,” Gresswell said. “We had 60 percent of possession.”
However, it was possession without goals and it was that lack of scoring chances that hurt the team.
Capital advances to face Prairie in a winner-to-state, loser-out match at noon on Saturday at Prairie High School.
Wilson’s season ends at 6-10-0.
TNT preps: 253-597-8680
AROUND THE SOUND
Kelso 4, Spanaway Lake 0
Goals: (K) Makayla Roggow (Amanda Fugleburg assist) 30’; Ashley Bakunowicz (Matisyn Ohlson assist) 49’; Bakunowicz 67’; Ohlson 74’
Lakes 1, North Thurston
Goals: Myesha Moss (Katie Herrera assist)