Aberdeen wins a league game on penalty kicks while Elma shuts out Napavine as we review Thursday’s prep sports on the Harbor.
GIRLS PREP SOCCER
Aberdeen 3, Rochester 2
(Aberdeen wins 4-3 on penalty kicks)
Aberdeen kept itself in the thick of the 2A Evergreen Conference race with a 3-2 win (4-3 on penalty kicks) over Rochester on Thursday at Rochester High School.
The Bobcats (2-3 overall, 2-1 2A Evergreen) gave up an early lead on the narrow grass field but rallied for two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Senior midfielder Zoe Troeh tied the game at 1-1 on a shot from 20 yards out in the 10th minute followed by Abby Mainio receiving a square pass from Arani Torres and tucking a hard shot inside the far post from 22 yards away, giving the Bobcats the lead just 13 minutes into the game.
But Aberdeen failed to capitalize on multiple scoring chances throughout the remainder of the first half and into the second, and the Warriors capitalized.
Rochester (3-3, 1-2) ramped up its energy in the second half which led to a Kailyn Black goal off a corner kick in the 51st minute to tie the game at 2-2.
Neither team scored in the two overtime periods as the game went to a penalty-kick shootout.
Aberdeen’s Annie Troeh scored to tie the shootout at 1-1 and was followed by senior keeper Jaylynn Phimmasone blocking a Rochester attempt.
Zoe Troeh then put Aberdeen up 2-1 followed by a conversion from Scotlyn Lecomte, who assisted on Zoe Troeh’s goal in the first half.
Esmerelda Vega then scored to put Aberdeen up 4-3.
The subsequent Rochester attempt clanged off the crossbar, giving Aberdeen the league victory and setting off a Bobcats celebration.
“Very tough surface to play on for soccer. but our effort for the most part was outstanding and we were able to pull out the tough win,” Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said.
Fleming commended the play of Torres, Lecomte and Delany Shoemaker.
The Cats’ JV squad won 3-0 on Thursday. Nataly Barragan scored twice with Karla Guzman adding a goal for Aberdeen. Joie Mayberry was credited with playing great defense for the Bobcats.
Aberdeen’s next game is against Tumwater at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen 2 0 0 0 – 2
Rochester 1 1 0 0 – 2
(Aberdeen wins 4-3 on penalty kicks)
First half – 1, Rochester, 4th minute. 2, Aberdeen, Z. Troeh (Lecomte), 10th minute. 3, Aberdeen, Mainio (Torres), 13th minute.
Second half – 4, Rochester, Black, 51st minute.
Overtime – None.
Penalty kicks – Aberdeen 4 (A. Troeh, Z. Troeh. Lecomte, Vega); Rochester 3.
Elma 6, Napavine 0
Elma had plenty of offense to go around in a 6-0 win over Napavine on Thursday at Napavine High School.
The Eagles (6-1) started off slow – not finding the back of the net through the first quarter of the game – but heated up in a hurry.
Elma junior midfielder Nancy Guzman poked a ball free from the Tigers keeper and over to senior midfielder Macy Adams, who scored in the 28th minute for a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, senior midfielder Aaleigha Weld sent a long, diagonal cross to forward Valerie Echeverria, who scored on a bottom-corner shot for a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, the Eagles offense continued to roll.
Elma junior Mia Monroe was fouled and subsequently scored on a penalty kick for a 3-0 lead in the 50th minute.
Five minutes later, the Eagles were back at it again, with junior forward Beta Valentine, Echeverria and Adams performing several give-and-go passes to penetrate into Tigers territory. Adams eventually scored her second of the game with Echeverria getting the assist for a 4-0 lead in the 55th minute.
Elma would close out the scoring when Echeverria drove to the corner and passed the ball back toward Valentine, who scored for a 6-0 lead in the 69th minute.
“In the second half, we settled in and played our game,” said Elma head coach Evan Valentine, who added he rested players, tried different lineups and got some minutes for his bench and JV players on Thursday.
The Eagles open league play when they host Hoquiam at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Elma 2 4 – 6
Napavine 0 0 – 0
First half – 1, Elma, Adams (Guzman), 28th minute. 3, Elma, Echeverria (Weld), 30th minute.
Second half – 3, Elma, Valentine (Weld), 46th minute. 4, Elma, Monroe, 50th minute. 5, Elma, Adams (Echeverria), 55th minute. 6, Elma, Valentine (Echeverria), 69th minute.
GIRLS PREP SWIMMING
Aberdeen 128, Eatonville 50
Aberdeen won the majority of events in earning a 128-50 victory over Eatonville in a swim and dive meet on Wednesday at the Grays Harbor YMCA in Hoquiam.
Aberdeen won nine of 12 events, including victories from senior Keara Burns (200-yard freestyle, 2:27.60), junior Mija Hood (200 individual medley, 2:32.28; 100 freestyle, 1:04.06), senior Saylor Heikkila (100 backstroke, 1:24.70; one-meter dive, 147.10) and sophomore Arianna Alavez (100 butterfly, 1:20.39).
Aberdeen freshman Zander Jacquez was voted the team’s Swimmer of the Meet after swimming in the 500 freestyle and 4×200 freestyle relay in back-to-back events.
Aberdeen’s first-place finishers are as follows:
200 medley: 1, Aberdeen (Wendy Neil, Isabella Melville, Harnoor Jandu, Ava Benn), 2:27.34.
200 freestyle: 1, Keara Burns, Aberdeen, 2:27.60.
200 individual medley: 1, Mija Hood, Aberdeen, 2:32.28.
1-meter dive: 1, Saylor Heikkila, Aberdeen, 147.10.
100 butterfly: 1, Arianna Alavez, Aberdeen, 1:20.39.
100 freestyle: 1, Hood, Aberdeen, 1:04.06.
200 freestyle: 1, Aberdeen (Burns, Jandu, Benn, Hood), 1:59.58.
100 backstroke: 1, Heikkila, Aberdeen, 1:24.70.
400 freestyle relay: 1, Aberdeen (Alavez, Burns, Hood, Melville), 4:41.97.