VIDEO: Morgan Weaver, Maddie Lockwood lift Curtis to state quarterfinals
Morgan Weaver was lying on her back. Her teammates were circled about her, hugging each other her, jumping, cheering in excitement.
Curtis High School girls soccer coach Frank Hankel quickly calmed them down.
“Listen to me,” Hankel told them. “You win with grace. Hey, we were there. We know what this feels like. Be graceful right now.”
The Vikings had lost in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs each of the past two years.
But not Wednesday night. Curtis rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to win 3-2 against visiting Kentridge after outscoring the Chargers 4-3 in penalty kicks following two overtime periods.
5Number of trips Curtis has now made to the Class 4A state quarterfinals in girls soccer, but just their third trip in Curtis’ past nine state appearances since 2000.
Curtis advances to the 4A state quarterfinals for third time in its past nine state appearances where it will face Issaquah later this week at a time and day to be determined.
Curtis missed its first penalty kick, but made four in a row — capped by Kelsie Dammel’s straight-on shot — and Kentridge missed two of its final three.
Weaver sprinted out 5 yards ahead of the rest of her team to hug her team’s goalkeeper before falling to her back.
“My mind was blown,” said Weaver, a Washington State University commit who scored her 34th goal of the season to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 45th minute. “I was just like, ‘That happened.’ ”
Curtis didn’t tie it until the 76th minute, when Weaver just missed on a shot off a corner kick, but Maddie Lockwood, one of Curtis’ 12 seniors, hit it and it found its way into the back of the net.
“I didn’t even know it was going to go in. There were too many girls in front of me,” Lockwood said. “But I was happy.”
Kentridge, the 4A SPSL Northeast champion, lost in the first round of the state tournament for the fifth consecutive season and was coming off a district loss Saturday against Bellarmine Prep. It has never won a state playoff game.
Grace Klinkenberg, who scored a goal for Kentridge on Wednesday, has two older sisters — Abby and Lexi — who play Division I soccer for Eastern Washington.
The Chargers struck in the 19th minute when Grace Klinkenberg scored off a corner kick.
Kentridge took a 2-0 lead six minutes later on Peyton Chick’s goal.
The Chargers had a chance to win it in the final minutes of regulation when a corner kick nearly found its way into the goal, but it rolled away.
“They are a really good team,” Kentridge coach Sherri Rolfs said. “I thought we played well, too. We just didn’t put that ball in the net when we needed to.”
Kentridge had two or three players marking Weaver the entire match. But Sariah Keister found Weaver in the 45th minute cutting in front of the goal.
“Morgan Weaver puts a lot of pressure on you and that throws your rhythm off a little bit because you always have to keep her on your mind,” Rolfs said. “They got that one from her and the momentum changed.”
West Valley (Yakima) 1, Puyallup 0 (4-3 shootout): The match was scoreless after regulation and two overtimes, but the Rams knocked in one more penalty kick than the Vikings and knocked them out of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Puyallup ends its season at 13-4-2 after tying with Curtis for the 4A SPSL South title during the regular season.