Aberdeen dominated the pace of play and possession, but while Hoquiam’s defense bent, it did not break.
The girls soccer version of the Myrtle Street Rivalry was decided by a single direct free kick as Aberdeen defeated Hoquiam 1-0 on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium.
With the Bobcats (1-0 overall) holding a 20-1 shot advantage in the contest, it was sophomore center midfielder Jaylynn Phimmasone’s free kick from 30 yards out in the 48th minute that turned out to be the only goal of the game.
Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming was pleased with his team’s defense and ball movement, but lamented the Bobcats’ inability to finish on its offensive opportunities.
“Our defense and passing were solid and we won the ball aggressively,” he said. “But we were either weak or errant on too many shots.”
Aberdeen’s ineffectiveness to shut the door on the Grizzlies nearly turned catastrophic as Hoquiam was awarded a penalty kick with just four minutes left in the game. But the subsequent shot went over the crossbar, preserving Aberdeen’s 1-0 win.
“Our team played a great first game tonight,” new Hoquiam head coach John Johnson said, citing the play of co-captains Ellie Winkelman and Emma Johnson. “We have some work to do to clean it up a bit but they came out ready to play. Besides a few mistakes I am proud of the way the girls played tonight. We will keep progressing and moving forward.”
Fleming noted the defensive play of Aili Scott, Madi Marlow, Britt Rajcich, Scotlyn Lecomte and Andrea Meraz who helped senior goal keeper and co-captain Char Gutierrez keep a clean sheet.
Montesano 2, WF West 1
Montesano bounced back from a tough loss in its opener to defeat WF West 2-1 on Tuesday in Chehalis.
Monte (1-1) struck first when Mikayla Stanfield took a though pass from Paige Lisherness and scored in the 38th minute.
The Bearcats (1-1) responded with a goal off a long throw in that caused a collision by a group of players — including Monte keeper Riley Timmons — in front of the Bulldogs net. The ball ricocheted into the net to tie the game at 1-1.
With with just a few minutes left in regulation, Ana Estrada sent a through pass to the foot of Jaiden Morrison, who beat the Bearcats defense and tucked a shot inside the far post for a 2-1 Monte lead.
“The girls did a good job of keeping their shape and going forward,” Montesano head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “We controlled midfield and the pace of the game.”
BOYS PREP GOLF
Hoquiam 173, Tenino 247
The Hoquiam Grizzlies looked impressive in a 173-247 season-opening victory over the Tenino Beavers at the Tahoma Valley Golf and Country Club in Yelm on Tuesday.
While there was much excitement for the home team Tenino, competing in its first boys golf match in school history, it was Hoquiam that let its play do the talking.
The Grizzlies looked outstanding to start the season, with five of its six players posting sub-50 scores for their 9-hole rounds.
Riley Montoure led the way for the Grizzlies, finishing with a low round of 41 to win Medalist of the Match honors.
Nyeki Dayton (43), Dominic Pence (44) and Mick Bozich (45) all posted scores of 45 or below to round out Hoquiam’s top four.
Just missing the total team score (top four scores for each team are calculated), was Tommy Wallace (49) and Cody Garman (51).
Jaxon Gore led Tenino with a team-low of 58.
Montesano 191, Seton Catholic 202
Montesano opened the season with a 191-202 victory over Seton Catholic at Oaksridge Golf Course in Elma on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs were led by Josh Wills, who won Medalist honors by carding a 45 for his 9-hole round.
Zander Jones (47), Trey Sweeney (49) and Cole Sigler (50) rounded out the Bulldogs’ top four.
Seton Catholic was led by Sid Apostolou, who was one shot off Wills’ pace with a 46.