Aberdeen missed a shot at the playoffs with a 3-1 loss to WF West in a season-finale matchup on Tuesday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
The Bobcats (7-8 overall, 4-8 2A Evergreen) fell behind 2-0 in the first half despite getting several good scoring opportunities.
An Aberdeen foul a foot outside the penalty area gave WF West a golden opportunity directly in front of the Bobcats net in the 22nd minute. WF West midfielder Cameron Sheets placed a hard, low shot past the diving Aberdeen keeper Char Gutierrez for a 1-0 Bearcats lead.
Ten minutes later, WF West made it a 2-0 game when Sheets received a pass, pivoted to the middle of the field and sent a low shot past Gutierrez’s left side.
Needing a win to force a play-in game and in a 2-0 halftime hole, the Bobcats responded rather than fold.
Freshman defender Scotlyn Lecomte sent a long, high-arcing clearance forward that was collected by sophomore forward Annie Troeh.
Troeh took a shot that deflected off charging Bearcats keeper Carlie Deskins and into the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Aberdeen nearly tied the game with just over 10 minutes left when Troeh collided with Deskins on a break, sending the ball dangerously close toward an open WF West net. But WF West defenders were able to keep the ball out and an eventual Bearcat clearance kept the score at 2-1.
The Bearcats put the game away when WF West was awarded a penalty kick in the 77th minute. Bearcats midfielder Maddie Casper sent the freebie past an outstreched Gutierrez for the 3-1 final score.
“We’re close. We did a great job of pressuring that team in the second half. They’ve got a 2-0 lead and we score and we’re right back in it,” Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said. “Really impressed with our effort, nobody quits down 2-0. Some teams might say game is over but we fought and put pressure on them to the very end of the game.”
Aberdeen honored seniors Sarah Harder, Alexis Durr and Gutierrez on Senior Night, which turned out to be the last game of the 2021 season for the Bobcats.
“Char is obviously a huge loss at goalkeeper,” Fleming said of Gutierrez, who was a First Team All-Evergreen Conference keeper and team MVP last season. “It showed the last few games (when she was out with an injury). Rochester, Shelton and those games, I think we should have won.”
But the Bobcats future looks bright, with five sophomores and three freshman playing significant minutes this season combined with a talented group of juniors that include defensive captain Aili Scott and an offensive threat in forward Marina Marll, the Bobcats should be a force to be reckoned with next year.
“Overall, I’m happy with the season,” Fleming said. “I wish we could’ve finished a little better. But like I said before … working your hardest and as a team and never quitting, you can’t do better than that.”
Montesano 6, Columbia-White Salmon 1
A big offensive night for Montesano led to a convincing 6-1 victory over Columbia-White Salmon in a non-league matchup on Tuesday at Columbia High School.
Monte midfielder Mikayla Stanfield continued her dominant offensive play in the 2021-22 season, scoring three more goals to record her fifth hat trick of the season.
Montesano (13-1 overall, 7-0 1A Evergreen) peppered the CWS net with five shots in the first 18 minutes of the game before Stanfield scored at the 18:41 mark to open the scoring.
Monte sophomore midfielder Bethanie Henderson scored the first of her two goals in the game in the 28th minute followed by a goal from senior Jaiden Morrison to put the Bulldogs up 3-0 in the 30th minute.
Henderson then scored off an assist from junior midfielder Jaiden King for a 4-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, King assisted on a Stanfield goal in the 47th minute and Monte went up 6-0 when Stanfield completed her hat trick — this time off an assist from junior midfielder Vanna Prom — in the 60th minute.
CWS (5-5) scored on a direct free kick in the 73rd minute.
Montesano had 24 shots to just two for CWS, with 19 of Monte’s shots on-goal. The Bulldogs also forced 10 corner kicks in the game to just one for CWS.
Montesano head coach Fidel Sanchez said his team did a good job despite the rain and wind, which caused less than ideal field conditions.
“We played really well,” he said, despite the sloppy and slippery pitch. “We moved the ball around, kept possession and played most of the game in the offensive third.”
Montesano, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest WIAA 1A class RPI standings, closes out its regular season at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Hoquiam.
After that the Bulldogs will host a district playoff game tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4.
Tenino 2, Hoquiam 1
Hoquiam’s bid to upset league-power Tenino fell short in a 2-1 loss on Tuesday in Tenino.
The Grizzlies (2-10-1, 1-6 1A Evergreen) fell behind 2-0 on a goal in the 26th minute by Abby Severse followed by a goal in the 64th minute by Kami Oliveira.
But six minutes later Hoquiam midfielder Emma Johnson gave Hoquiam hope. The Grizzlies senior co-captain sent a high-arcing shot that got over Tenino keeper Trinity Tafoya for a goal that cut the deficit to 2-1 and gave Hoquiam new life.
“We had more oppurtunities in second half to find goal and we found one with Emma Johnson,” Hoquiam head coach John Johnson said. “(She) seized her chance to strike.”
Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, time ran out on the upset bid as Hoquiam fell 2-1.
“Our girls really controlled the ball very well throughout the game. We were closing gaps quickly and putting pressure on Tenino, not giving them room to get much going,” Johnson said. “We had a few opportunities that I would have loved the girls to capitalize on with the through balls, but just couldn’t get to them quick enough.”
Johnson added he is proud of the way his team has improved despite being dealt with adversity unlike any other team in the 1A Evergreen League this season.
“I cannot be any more pleased with the way this team has came together,” he said. “We had two weeks of shutdown while others moved on and it really took a toll by taking that time away. I feel we may have found there rhythm sooner. But that has come and gone, we are here now and I am pleased with how well they played tonight. Seeing them playing with intensity and still look over and smile is a great feeling knowing they are truly enjoying the game.”
The Grizzlies host No. 1 Montesano at 6 p.m. Thursday to close out the season.
Ocosta 5, Raymond-South Bend 3
After being on hiatus for a few weeks due to a district-instituted COVID lockdown, the Ocosta Wildcats had a lot of catching up to do.
In one week’s time, they’ve caught up.
The Wildcats on their fifth game in seven days, beating Raymond-South Bend 5-3 on Tuesday in Westport to rocket toward the top of the 2B Pacific League standings.
Ocosta (9-4, 6-1 2B Pacific) controlled the action in the first half, leaping out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Kylee Denny (18th minute), Maddie Schaeffer (23rd, assist Natalie Carloza), an RSB own goal off a Denny corner kick (26th) followed by a Denny goal off a touch pass from Miki Ness to close out the half.
Raymond-South Bend (3-9, 1-7) charged back in the second half thanks to a hat trick by Elli Capps, who dribbled around and through Ocosta’s defense for three goals in a 16-minute span.
But Denny got a pass through to Ness, who scored in the 78th minute to give the Wildcats the 5-3 victory, its second win over RSB in two nights.
“We were able to contain Capps in the first half, but she took charge in the second half and was able to get through our double teams,” Ocosta head coach Mike King said. “Our defense held on and (Ocosta keeper) Mia Saunders came up with six saves.”
With the win, Ocosta sits a half-game in front of Napavine for second place in the league standings behind Adna.
The Wildcats take on the Tigers at 6 p.m. Thursday in a match that will determine the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in league.
Elma 1, Eatonville 0