Top performer: Kaylee Coatney, Bonney Lake
Scored 2 goals in 3-2 loss to Edmonds-Woodway
CLASS 3A STATE PLAYOFFS
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Mercer Island 3, Bethel 2: For the first time in their school history, the Braves played a game in the state tournament for girls soccer.
Despite it not going their way, in the end, it was a monumental step for the program Markelle Gallagher, a former soccer player for Bethel herself, had been building.
“For us as a program, last year was our first time making it past regular season, this is the first time that they’ve made it to state,” Gallagher said. “It is a huge accomplishment.”
The Islanders scored first within the 10 minutes of the match, but the Braves’ resiliency came through. In the 13th minute, Sessi Allott scored to tie up; and when the Braves were down again, Miya Thomas scored in the 46th minute to tie it again.
“We looked like they had been there before, it was a good fight,” Gallagher said. “It was a really good midfield battle and our midfielder did a good job. Our defense was really solid too.”
With about four minutes left, the Islanders would score their go-ahead goal and ultimately push the Braves out of the playoffs. But afterward, they were in good spirits.
“There was a good energy after the game, knowing how they played and making history,” Gallagher said. “They left the field with their dignity and I’m really proud of them.”
Edmonds-Woodway 3, Bonney Lake 2: The Panthers trailed by three goals on the road against a team with a pedigree – two state-semifinal appearances in the past three years, including a 2014 state title.
But standout sophomore Kaylee Coatney wasn’t going to let Bonney Lake’s season end quietly.
With eight minutes remaining, she scored to get the Panthers on the board, and then made it really interesting with her second goal with two minutes to play. It came from 35 yards away and sailed just over the hands of E-W goalkeeper Hannah Hicks and into the back of the net.
Coach Wayne Farris said the Panthers had another shot strike off the cross bar, but it didn’t find the back of the net.
That ended the Panthers’ run in the state playoffs, their first trip to state since 2014. Coatney pushed her stellar season total to 34 goals and she has eight assists.
Senior captain and defensive captain Olivia Grobb missed all but 15 minutes of the match because of bronchitis, Farris said.
Edmonds-Woodway got two goals from Kyra Hicks and advances to the state quarterfinals to face Mercer Island.
Stadium 2, Roosevelt 1: The Tigers are headed to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2004.
They edged Roosvelt in the first round on Tuesday and second-ranked Stadium improved to 16-0-0. It and top-ranked Kamiakin are the only two undefeated teams in the 3A classification.
Stadium advances to what will likely be another home match either Friday or Saturday against the winner of Wednesday’s first-round match between Prairie and Marysville-Getchell.
CLASS 2A STATE PLAYOFFS
Liberty 5, Fife 1: The Trojans’ season comes to an end as the Patriots’ were led by Makenna Carr.
Carr would score three times in the match, once in the 25th minute, and back-to-back goals in the 38th and 39th minutes.
“We played really well; we knew it was going to be a tough game,” Fife coach Tony Crudo said. “We countered more and it worked great, but they had two shots that both went in that nobody could stop.”
The Trojans couldn’t match the offensive output of the Patriots as Emily Roher’s goal assisted by Taylor Goodcaster was their only score of the game, coming in the final minute.
“All of our star marquee players did really well, they did their job,” Crudo said. “The younger players tried, but they weren’t battle hardened. But that’s all you can hope for, if you have a good team, you should celebrate them.”
Liberty’s win over Fife allows the Patriots to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2A state tournament where they will face North Kitsap.
White River 3, Selah 0: The top-ranaked Hornets cruised to a victory over the Vikings and advanced to the 2A state quarterfinals for the first time since the Hornets reached the state title match in 2010.
The next round will find the Hornets taking on Cedarcrest at a time, date, and place yet to be determined. White River improved to 18-0-0 on the season.
CLASS 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
Kennedy Catholic 1, Lake Stevens 0: Bailey Hall scored what would be the game-winning goal in the 58th minute and Jaclyn Seifert posted a shut out in goal to send the Lancers to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
In the next round, Kennedy Catholic will take on Wenatchee at a time, date and place yet to be determined.
Staff writers Jordan Whitford and Jerod Young contributed to this report
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AROUND THE SOUND
LIBERTY 5, FIFE 1
Goals: (L) Makenna Carr, 25’; (L) Makenna Carr, 38’; Makenna Carr, 39’; (F) Emily Roher (Taylor Goodcaster) 80’
MERCER ISLAND 3, BETHEL 2
Goals: (B) Sessi Allott 13’; Miya Thomas (Gillian Larter) 46’;
Saves: (B) Isabelle Romero 15 saves
EDMONDS-WOODWAY 3, BONNEY LAKE 2
Goals: (EW) Michaela Danyo, 20’; (EW) Kyra Hicks, 32’; (EW) Kyra Hicks), 51’; (BL) Kaylee Coatney, 72’; (BL) Kaylee Coatney, 78’
Saves: (EW) Hannah Hicks 14; (BL) Eliza Christensen 5, (BL) Sarah Daffern 1
KENNEDY CATHOLIC 1, LAKE STEVENS 0
Goals: (KC) Bailey Hall, 58’.