CLASS 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
Camas 1, Bellarmine Prep 0: The sole goal was enough to eliminate Bellarmine Prep in the first round of the 4A state tournament.
“It was a tough game tonight. Both sides were really playing hard,” Bellarmine Prep coach Joe Waters said. “It was a great effort by both teams. Fortunately for them they were able to score and defend it for the second half.”
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The goal came during a scrum in front of the net where Camas’ Carla Jooste was able to put it away off an assist by Perrin Belzer in the 33rd minute.
And that was enough to lift the defending state champions over the Lions.
“It was a free kick about 35 yards out that the chipped into the box. It was contested by both sides and it kind of dropped to the ground to their player,” Waters said. “She managed to put in the back of the net and that was it.”
It was the start of a rough day for all of the 4A SPSL teams in the state tournament — Bellarmine, Puyallup, Sumner and Rogers all entered, and all four lost on Wednesday.
Waters said Bellarmine battled hard throughout the game but struggled to turn that offense into goals.
“We pushed and pushed as best we could. We just couldn’t get one,” Waters said. “We had a couple free kicks in the last few minutes but weren’t able to capitalize. That’s what you expect at this time of the year in games like this: they’re tough games that are usually decided by one goal.”
The Lions hadn’t lost since 11 matches ago on Sept. 28 against 4A SPSL champion Puyallup. And in that 10-match unbeaten streak, Bellarmine had allowed just five goals.
“I think that we had a terrific season,” Waters said. “We didn’t start as well off as we would have liked but we grew into our game as the season went on.”
Camas will now host a state quarterfinal match on Saturday against Skyline.
Central Valley 2, Sumner 1 (SO): The Spartans knew all along they were the underdog going into their state match against undefeated Bears.
But they refused to play like it.
After the Spartans took a surprising early lead against the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Central Valley roared back to tie the match and slip away with the 2-1 win on penalty kicks Wednesday at Spokane Falls Community College.
“A game that comes down to penalty kicks is never an easy way to lose,” Sumner coach Robi Turley said. “We knew we were big underdogs coming into face the No. 1 team in state at their home. We gave it everything we could as far as providing an opportunity to win in regulation.”
The Spartans (13-5-2) seized momentum early against Central Valley (16-0-0) when forward Sarah Rowan slotted a perfect ball to Sam Larberg, who put the ball past Bears goalkeeper Jenna Lauer to give the Spartans the 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
The Bears wasted little time in erasing the deficit, and 15 minutes later senior striker Kaelyn Barnes netted the equalizer.
The Spartans back four and senior goalkeeper Madison Hanenburg kept a powerful Bears attack quiet through the remaining 45 minutes and added time.
“Madison and our center back Jaylin Borden were unbelievable,” Turley said. “They, along with the entire back line, have been awesome and they really stepped up for us.”
In the end, the Bears were able to stave off the Spartans in penalty kicks and advanced to the quarterfinals to face University.
Though Turley’s Spartans were unable to hold on to the potential upset, they finished the season the same way it began, and Turley could not ask for anything more.
“Setbacks like this are all part of the process,” she said. “It’s about how you respond. Things don’t always go your way, but I am proud of them for starting the season strong, and ending it that way.”
Skyline 2, Rogers 0: It would have only taken one for the Spartans to win but they got two while also shutting out the Rams in a decisive win.
The two goals came in the first half for the four-time state champions and it was smooth sailing from there as Rogers couldn’t come up with an answer in the program’s first trip in school history to the state tournament.
Late into the game, Rogers began to push their goalkeeper up ever so slightly in an attempt to shift the game in their favor and spark some sort of a comeback.
However, despite having several decent corner kicks that turned into opportunities the team was not able to convert them into results and ended the game scoreless as the final whistle blew.
Staff writers Chase Hutchinson and Jerod Young contributed to this report
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AROUND THE SOUND
Camas 1, Bellarmine Prep 0
Goals: (C) Carla Jooste (Perrin Belzer assist) 33’
Central Valley 2, Sumner 1 (SO)
GOALS: (S) Sam Larberg (Sarah Rowan assist) 20’; (CV) Kaelyn Barnes, 35’
Skyline 2, Rogers 0
Goals: (S) Mariah Alexander (Marissa Carpenter assist); Carpenter (Julia Mitchell assist)
Issaquah 2, Puyallup 1 (SO)
Goals: (I) Catey Nelson 78’; (P) Hallie Johnson (Sunny Bieber assist) 80’