Puyallup’s Brooke Johnston, Matt White discuss win over No. 2 Kennedy for No. 1 seed to state
Top performer: Jamisynn Hughes, Stadium
Scored game-winning goal in victory over Timberline
CLASS 4A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Puyallup 1, Kennedy Catholic 0 (5-4, SO): Emily Estrada scored and it was up to goalkeeper Brooke Johnston to end it.
Her outstretched arms got a piece of the ensuing match-deciding penalty kick as she dived to her right. And Puyallup High School’s girls soccer team finally broke what Johnston said has been too long of a curse.
The fourth-ranked Vikings beat No. 2 Kennedy Catholic, 1-0, after outscoring the Lancers 5-4 in penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation and two overtime periods on Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup to earn the No. 1 seed from the 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict playoffs to the 4A state tournament.
Puyallup hadn’t fared well in these seeding matches, losing to Bellarmine Prep and Gig Harbor the past two seasons, and falling in loser-out matches against Gig Harbor and Olympia the two years prior to that.
“We’ve never won this seeding game, so we’ve already broken the curse,” said Johnston, who finished with eight saves. “It’s just about us now.”
Puyallup (14-0-4) enters state without a loss, a 4A South Puget Sound League title, and now a No. 1 seed from its district.
All that’s left now is the program’s first state title.
“Our district is insanely hard,” Puyallup coach Matt White said. “Our league is insanely hard to get through, let alone districts. Just look at how many SPSL schools are still playing.”
Those SPSL schools include Puyallup, Rogers, Bellarmine Prep and Sumner, which beat Curtis earlier in the day for the final spot to the state playoffs. Emerald Ridge’s season ended on Thursday when it lost to Kennedy Catholic in overtime.
The only two non-SPSL teams to get through from the district were defending 4A state champion Camas, which beat Rogers on Saturday, and Kennedy Catholic, which will face Lake Stevens in the first round of state at a day and time to be determined.
But Puyallup won even without its top two goal scorers.
Sophomores Sydney Evans wasn’t there because of a personal family matter and fellow sophomore Meredith Udovich went down about 20 minutes into the match with what White would learn was a broken wrist.
“It was a full team effort,” White said. “Just great team play. Seamless transition to what we wanted to do.”
Brooke Mullins had a great look in front of the goal in the 44th minute, but it was sent right to Kennedy Catholic goalkeeper Jaclyn Seifert.
Puyallup finished with 11 shots and Kennedy Cathoilc had 13, including a 58th-minute free kick from Natalie Degagne that Johnston stepped in front of for a save and one with a minute remaining in the second overtime that Bailey Hall sent off a free kick toward the top of the goal, but Johnston stretched and sent it just over the cross bar to send the match to penalty kicks.
“It just hypes me up,” Johnston said. “Every time I make a save and then I punt it as far as I can.”
Hallie Johnson, Grayson Nottage, Bella Faccone and Kaelee Huetten each made their PKs and it was 5-4 when Emily Estrada sent hers to the back of the net.
Trying to keep the shoot out going, Kennedy’s Teryn Mendez send her shot to the right corner, but Johnston stretched for the save to win it.
“Brooke – great stuff. Brooke is such a solid kid,” White said. “Her punts were on point, distribution was on point, PKs – so confident – steps in and does her job. That was awesome to see.”
Puyallup will face Issaquah in the first round of state, likely on Wednesday, White said.
Sumner 3, Curtis 0: The Spartans built a three-goal lead in the first 20 minutes and cruised from there to secure their 10th consecutive trip to the state playoffs and second consecutive appearance as a 4A school.
One of the 4A SPSL schools was going to state and the other was going home. Sam Larberg made sure out of the gates it would be Sumner.
She scored in the sixth minute before JC Phillips added Sumner’s second goal in the 15th minute. Five minutes after that, Marie LeGallo scored and Sumner shut Curtis out from there.
Camas 3, Rogers 0: The defending 4A state champions shut out the Rams in the 3A district final.
Rogers will still be making its first-ever trip to the state tournament, according to Washington Interscholastic Activities Association records. It will play Skyline in the first round at a day and time to be determined.
Camas will face Bellarmine Prep in the first round.
CLASS 3A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Gig Harbor 4, Kelso 0: The Tides clinched a berth to the 3A state playoffs as six players had their hands in the goal scoring.
The only goal scored in the first half came from Jaylynn Barton in the 14th minute, assisted by Madison McCutchen.
“It was exciting to see six different people contribute to goals, it shows variety,” Gig Harbor coach Stephanie Cox said. “We had a good mentality today.”
Barton would score again on a Paige Tullis-assisted goal in the 51st minute, Carolyn Merrick on her own in the 60th minute and Tatum Griffin scoring in the 69th minute with Bailey Werner assisting.
“We were able to put some pressure on them in the second half,” Cox said. “I am proud of them focusing for all 80-plus minutes. Our midfielders and forwards put pressure on their backline, that made it easy for our backline to read and limit opportunities for them.”
Gig harbor will face Bellevue in the first round of state at a day and time to be determined.
Stadium 1, Timberline 0: Jamisynn Hughes scored the game-winner with 13 minutes remaining to send the second-ranked Tigers to state for the first time since 2009.
“We were deep in their end and it popped out to Jaimie. She took a touch and had a shot,” Stadium coach Adam Becker said. “She beat their goalkeeper who had some really big saves.”
The win wasn’t an easy one though as they faced a tough opponent in the Blazers who wouldn’t let up the pressure.
“It was really difficult to be honest,” Becker said. “Timberline, they came in very aggressive, very eager to play. They really took the game to us in that aspect. We just stuck to our game plan, kept lots of possession and were able to break them down.”
Stadium (16-0-0) will play Roosevelt in the first round of state, and Becker said that match will likely be on Monday.
Bonney Lake 3, Central Kitsap 2: The Panthers outplayed the Cougars in the middle of the field to gain more possession time of the ball, and thus win the match to clinch a spot in the state tournament.
Three players from Bonney Lake really held their own in the middle as Olivia Kirby, Hannah Short and Kaylee Coatney fought for the ball hard in the crucial zones of the field.
“Our three central midfielders created a lot of opportunities as other players had shots on goal,” Bonney Lake coach Wayne Farris said. “We let them back in with a PK and goal toward the end, but we outshot them and never felt like we were in pure danger.”
Fourth-ranked Bonney Lake will face Edmonds-Woodway in the first round of state at a day and time to be determined.
Mountain View 3, Lakes 0: A couple of injuries in the first half for the Lancers derailed them as they just could not shake it off.
Kati Letellier and Payton Thomas both left the pitch with leg injuries within the first five minutes of their match against the Thunder.
“It didn’t ever leave their mind,” Lakes coach Miranda Ness said. “We’ve grown to become a family and it brought them down.”
The offense couldn’t convert on their chances near the goal as no balls found their way into the back of the net for the Lancers. But despite allowing three goals, the defense continued to keep the team together and had players push through smaller injuries.
“I was talking to one of my juniors and she was upset about the team losing,” Ness said. “Knowing how far we got and improvement we’ve had, carrying that into next year will help our team even more.”
The loss ends Lakes’ season, though a win would have send it to the state tournament for the first time in school history.
Prairie 2, Capital 1: The Cougars’ run for a state title came to an end as the Falcons stayed one step ahead of them.
Prairie will go on to the 3A state tournament as Capital’s season is over.
Staff writers TJ Cotterill, Chase Hutchinson and Jordan Whitford contributed to this report
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AROUND THE SOUND
Sumner 3, Curtis 0
Goals: Sam Larberg (S), 6’; JC Phillips (S), 15’; Marie LeGallo (S), 20’
Puyallup 1, Kennedy Catholic 0 (5-4, SO)
PKs: (P) Hallie Johnson, Grayson Nottage, Bella Faccone, Kaelee Huetten, Emily Estrada. (KC) Natalie DeGagne, Kalina Cordero, Julie Trejo-Lamphere, Ashley Nguyen.
Saves: (P) Brooke Johnston 8
Gig Harbor 4, Kelso 0
Goals: (GH) Jaylynn Barton (Madison McCutchen) 14’; Barton (Paige Tullis) 51’; Carolynn Merrick 60’; Tatum Griffin (Bailey Werner) 69’; Shutout: Claire Bosselman
Stadium 1, Timberline 0
Goals: (S) Jaimie Hughes 67’
Prairie 2, Capital 1
Bonney Lake 3, Central Kitsap 2
Mountain View 3, Lakes 0
Goals: (MV) Olivia Fothergill 2, Alexis Sadler 1