High School Sports

Doty scores 51st goal, sets WIAA single-season mark in Crosspoint Academy’s semifinal win

Dynamite-footed Desere’e Doty keeps scoring goals — and the Crosspoint Academy girls soccer squad keeps winning important soccer matches.

Doty, a senior forward, notched her 51st goal of the season — a state record — and the defending Class 1B/2B champion Warriors from Bremerton wore down Adna, 4-0, in the rain-soaked state semifinals at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Ninth-grader Tess Baldwin added two goals for No. 1 Crosspoint Academy (15-2-1), which will play Liberty Bell for the state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.

It will also be the final time Doty plays a high school match. She has signed to play at Grand Canyon University in Arizona starting next fall.

“I am getting kind of sad,” said Derrin Doty, Desere’e’s father and the Warriors coach. “At the same time, it is kind of bittersweet. We have one more game left.”

Baldwin tallied the game-winner in the 30th minute — with Desere’e Doty setting up the sequence. She charged up the right side of the field and unleashed a cross, which Adna goalkeeper Ashley Purdue deflected.

Baldwin got to the loose ball first and tapped it in for a goal.

Six minutes later, Doty broke her tie with Seattle Christian’s Melissa Bennett for the single-season goals mark.

Getting the ball near the right side of the penalty box, her 15-yard blast was never touched for a goal.

The score gave Doty 151 career goals. She is one goal behind Seattle Christian’s Tami Bennett — Melissa’s older sister — for No. 2 all-time in scoring. Melissa Bennett is the record-holder at 166.

“Honestly I don’t really care how many I score as long as we are winning,” Desere’e Doty said. “But it is cool because I will leave my mark on 2B soccer.”

She said she started playing soccer for her father at age 4. A few years later, she joined the FC Kitsap Crush for club soccer, which is now Kitsap Alliance.

“My club coach back then told (my father), ‘Sometimes you have to let the coaches coach, and be a dad,’ ” Doty said. “But he has taught me all I know. He has taught me everything — about soccer, basketball and fastpitch.”

Liberty Bell 1, Friday Harbor 0: After two consecutive semifinal losses, the Mountain Lions (17-4) will be play for their first state girls soccer title.

Their only goal came in the 56th minute on Cailin Chandler’s shot in front of the goal.

CLASS 1B/2B BOYS

Mount Vernon Christian 2, Grace Academy 1: This third meeting between Northwest League rivals was the closest, and went right down to the wire.

In the end, the Hurricanes’ relentless attack prevailed as Jack Hammingh got enough of his left foot on a corner kick cross to tap in the game-winning goal in the 64th minute at Sunset Chev Stadium.

Mount Vernon Christian (21-0) is in the state title game for the first time in school history.

Waitsburg-Prescott 1, Friday Harbor 0: The Tigers made sure it would not be an all-Northwest League final, getting a goal from Ivan Figueroa in the 63rd minute to advance to their second title match in four seasons.

Figueroa took a pass in the middle of the Wolverines’ penalty box, took one pivot right, planted and ripped a 12-yard shot into the back of the net for the only goal of the match.

The Wolverines were awarded a penalty kick after a Waitsburg-Prescott foul with 90 seconds remaining, but Arno Issanjou’s shot hit the left post and deflected out.

Waitsburg-Prescott (16-4) won the 1B/2B title in 2011.

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