At halftime, Sumner coach Robi Turley laid into her team after it fell behind, 1-0, to Stanwood on Tuesday. Ali Wehmer and Jordan Thompson responded.
“It’s state (and) we’re at the point where it’s win or go home — we didn’t want to go home,” said Thompson, a junior. “We wanted to move on.”
Behind Thompson’s pace and Wehmer’s crosses, Sumner earned a 3-1 victory over Stanwood in the first round of the WIAA 3A girls soccer playoffs at Sunset Chev Stadium.
In the quarterfinals, Sumner (17-2) will face Arlington (16-4), which defeated Bellevue, 1-0.
“At halftime, I told them I’m disappointed (because) some of us can have a bad game, but not all of us can have a bad game,” Turley said. “We have something we call the reset button — things aren’t going our way, so let’s reset … 40 minutes is plenty of time.”
Wehmer had the magic touch in the second half. Minutes in, Hannah Rowen pushed toward Stanwood’s net, forcing a corner — Wehmer’s third corner kick of the game.
Wehmer sent a moon shot that found Thompson on the backside for an equalizing header (45th minute).
“It’s easy when you have beautiful crosses,” Thompson said of her goal.
“I always see Jordan coming in,” Wehmer said. “I aim for the same spot and when Jordan’s there — that’s the second one she got to (tonight). It’s a shout-out to her.”
With Thompson moved up to midfield, Sumner was able to control the pace of play, pressing the defense of Stanwood (10-10-2) consistently in the second half.
Stanwood’s defense broke when Thompson and Wehmer passed and dribbled through four defenders before Thompson pushed the ball toward the corner. Wehmer found it and sent a cross to Jaylin Borden, who back-headed a pass to Rowen.
Rowen laced a ground shot pass Stanwood’s falling keeper for a 2-1 Sumner lead (71st minute).
“I saw the (defender) was bobbling the ball, so I took advantage of it,” Rowen said. “(In the) second half, we stepped it up because we realized we could beat this team.”
Stanwood tried to create an equalizer, but Sumner’s defense clamped down on its opponents until the game’s final minutes.
Sumner extended its lead in the closing minutes. Wehmer sent a cross to Borden, and the freshman connected with the header for a goal in stoppage time.
“I wasn’t expecting for me to have a cross there, but I’ll take it,” Wehmer said. “But Jaylen wanted it. You can tell she wanted it no matter what the score was — she wanted to score.”