It was a good day for the Eagles as Elma edged Aberdeen on the Stewart Field turf and upended Montesano on the links at the Grays Harbor Country Club.
GIRLS PREP SOCCER
Elma 1, Aberdeen 0
Elma junior forward Beta Valentine scored the game’s only goal as the Eagles defeated Aberdeen 1-0 on Tuesday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
Elma (3-1 overall) broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half when midfielder Eliza Sibbett sent the ball forward to fellow midfielder Miley Seaberg, who advanced the ball to Valentine with another through pass.
Valentine collected the feed, beat the Aberdeen defense to a spot at the top of the 18-yard box, and hit a shot into the back of the net for the game’s only goal.
“We won the ball out of the middle, two quick little passes and all of a sudden, we’re shooting on frame,” Elma head coach Evan Valentine said of the goal. “I was excited to play (Aberdeen). They’re always good and tough to breakdown and that was the case tonight.”
Sibbett returned to the lineup after sitting out the second half of Saturday’s loss to Archbishop Murphy with a nagging ankle injury.
Coach Valentine said his team took what Aberdeen gave them, which was mostly shots from long range.
“They really like to pack it in and that’s not an insult. It’s smart because it’s one way to keep the score close,” he said. “I would’ve liked to see us convert a few more shots from distance because I thought we had some good ones, but either they were at the keeper or a little wide. … We did get some good wide play down the wings and had some good movement there. I was happy about that.”
Aberdeen (0-2) had its chances in the first half, generating two corner kicks and penetrating into the Eagles final third on three separate occasions, but struggled to complete the plays it needed to score.
“I thought we improved from the last match and were able to put together a lot of good crosses that we just didn’t finish very well,” said Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming, who credited senior keeper Jaylynn Phimmasone and defenders Scotlyn Lecomte and Lila Erickson for holding a talented Elma team to just one goal. “Great hustle overall for the girls tonight.”
Aberdeen opens league play against W.F. West at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Aberdeen.
Elma hosts Columbia (White Salmon) at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Elma 0 1 – 1
Aberdeen 0 0 – 0
First half – none.
Second half – 1, Elma, Valentine (Seaberg).
Raymond-South Bend 2, Montesano JV 1
BOYS PREP GOLF
Elma 184, Montesano 192
Elma’s Grant Vessey earned Medalist honors as the Eagles defeated Montesano 184-192 on Tuesday at the Grays Harbor Country Club in Aberdeen.
Vessey shot a 39 for his 9-hole round to lead an Eagles squad that had all four of its top scorers shoot sub-50 rounds.
Montesano was led by Colton Grubb, who was just one shot back of Vessey with a sparkling score of 40.
“Overall, great match against a good Montesano team,” Elma head coach Collin McMaster said. “The course is a pretty technical for first time golfers, or those who haven’t played there in a while. Our strategy was certainly to keep the ball in play with the abundance of out of bounds penalty areas. Also, to play smart and accept what the course gives us. As a team we bought in to that and it paid off with a good team win.”
Elma (184) – Grant Vessey 39, Cason Seaberg 47, Robbie Santos 49, Brody Palmer 49.
Montesano (192) – Colton Grubb 40, Ayden Sauer 48, Caden Grubb 52, Spencer Lovell 52.