Emma Laurion made sure her and the other two Crosspoint Academy seniors ended their careers Saturday with another state championship.
Laurion’s hat trick, plus an assist to fellow senior Desere’e Doty on what was the future NCAA Division I player’s final goal of an historic season and career, helped the Warriors of Bremerton repeat as 1B/2B girls soccer state champions with a 5-1 victory over Liberty Bell of Winthrop at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Crosspoint (16-2-1) also won the 2013 state title at the same facility, defeating Bear Creek, 1-0, on Laurion’s golden goal.
Dominating throughout the state title game, it was Laurion and Doty — the two forwards — who teamed up for Crosspoint’s final goal. Laurion’s touch pass to Doty for a shot from 15-yards out made it 5-0 in the 55th minute, after Laurion already recorded a hat trick with goals in the 6th, 30th and 48th minutes.
“I just knew that was going to be a goal,” Laurion said. “I can’t get over how cool that was to finish that one.”
With two goals Saturday, including one in the 26th minute, Doty finished the season with 53 goals, increasing her WIAA single-season scoring record, which she first broke in Friday’s semifinal win. Her 153 career goals also rank second all-time in the state. The state record, held by Seattle Christian’s Melissa Bennett, is 166.
Doty, bound for NCAA Division I Grand Canyon in Arizona, put more than just a mark on Class 1B/2B soccer, Laurion said.
“She has left a legacy of being not only a strong player, but being a great person,” she said.
Skyline 3, Gig Harbor 1 (third place): The Spartans tallied two goals in a four-minute span late in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie, and led the four-time 4A champions to third place at Sparks Stadium.
Mia Ostergren tied the game at 1-1 for the Tides after she took a deflection off her own corner kick, and blasted a 15-yard shot in the back of the net in the 59th minute.
But four minutes later, Kelli Sullivan’s shot stayed just underneath the crossbar for the game-winner.
In the 68th minute, Lindsey Fujiwara gave Skyline some breathing room with her goal that just stayed above the reach of Tides goalkeeper Jordan Bertram.
Gig Harbor took fourth, finishing the season 14-7-2.
Edmonds-Woodway 2, Southridge 1 (championship): Once-in-a-generation players are as special as the saying, but they’re even more remarkable when they showcase their talents in the biggest games and become heroes.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Madison Schultz did just that, guiding the Warriors to the 3A state championship and their first state title.
“It’s Madison at her finest, honestly,” coach Bill LeCompte said. “She has the ability to find a hole, slip in and take it and go. She slotted one of the nicest balls I’ve seen in a very, very long time.”
Schultz’s game-winning goal came from 23 yards out, as the North Carolina commit and U.S. U-17 national team product cut back to her left, driving a shot to the far upper corner, leaving the Southridge keeper no chance.
Shedding tears of joy as she celebrated with her team, Schultz said this is exactly why she chose to play high school soccer.
“This is No. 1,” the junior forward said. “National team is a big deal. It’s a development. And here it’s winning a goal. We play every year for that state championship. Until college, when you’re competing for that national championship, it’s just development, development. You kind of get to celebrate something here against always just worrying about if you’re getting better or not, or making it to the next camp.
“National team, you’re a little fish in a big pond. Tons of girls come in and out, in Edmonds, I’m a national team player. So I get to be celebrated for that. To be able to help my team out in a game like this is just amazing.”
In the 3A consolation game, traditional state power Columbia River took home third place with an impressive 3-1 victory over Bellevue.
Sophomore forward Ellie Walker showed star potential, scoring two goals for the team from Vancouver.
Squalicum 2, Shorecrest 1 (championship): Kim Dorr’s game-winner came in the 74th minute to lift the Storm to its first state title in program history at Shoreline Stadium.
Klahowya 1, King’s 0 (championship): Izzy Severns’ golden goal in the 12th minute gave the Eagles the program’s second state title, its first since 1999.
Mount Vernon Christian 2, Waitsburg-Prescott 1 (championship): Tyler Houtsma’s game-winner in the first half broke a 1-1 tie for the Hurricanes’ first state title.