High School Sports

Gig Harbor’s girls lose to Skyline in opening round of playoffs

There won’t be any magical postseason run for the Gig Harbor girls soccer team this year, like in 2014, when the Tides advanced through the district and state playoffs in several games by winning penalty kick shootouts.

Gig Harbor dropped its opening round Class 4A state playoff game on the road to Skyline on Tuesday night, 2-0.

Gig Harbor struggled all night to get any attack going.

“Skyline was very organized defensively,” said Gig Harbor coach Stephanie Cox. “They had a lot of control of the ball. When we had it, they put us under a lot of pressure and did a good job defending our attacking players, so it was hard to get a good rhythm.”

Skyline struck in the 17th minute when senior Gabby Hart handled a low cross into the box, spun around her defender and sent it past the Gig Harbor keeper.

“We were diving in on it a little bit,” Cox said.

The Tides didn’t manage a shot on goal until there were three minutes left in the half. The midfield never was able to get on the same page with the forwards.

“The first half, I think we were a little taken aback by the speed of play,” Cox said. “I think things were just really fast for us, especially in our midfield. Our midfielders couldn’t quite get up or get back. It was a very fast-paced game. It’s something that we haven’t really seen a lot of during the season.”

Gig Harbor possessed the ball better in the second half, but the Skyline defense remained sturdy. With four minutes to go in the game, Skyline junior Alexa Kirton floated a header into the Gig Harbor net to seal the win.

Cox, in her first year, was impressed with the senior class she inherited and said its contributions will be missed.

“Our senior class was remarkable just in their attitude and approach to the game,” Cox said. “Just their consistency, they’ll be greatly missed.”