Aberdeen struggled to get shots on goal in what proved to be its final game of the season as the Bobcats fell 2-0 to Washougal in a 2A District IV play-in game at Stewart Field on Thursday.
The Bobcats (8-8 overall) played solid defensive for much of the first half but couldn’t do much in the Panthers’ end of the field.
Washougal was held at bay for much of the first half but got on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute when Kailee Neyer settled a bouncing ball just outside the box and ripped a shot past Aberdeen keeper Char Gutierrez.
Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said Washougal’s ball control gave it the edge.
“We had space and our first touch at times was pretty good, but its just connecting with that pass. I’m not sure if its us not communicating quick enough or whether we were accurate enough in our passing,” he said. “The difference in the game to me was, yeah they’ve got some good players, but we do too. We just didn’t connect on the possessions.”
Despite its struggles, Aberdeen went into the locker room down by just a goal and looked to apply more pressure in the second half.
Aberdeen had two shot attempts in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but neither forced Panthers goalie Brooke Dayley to make a save as both shots were off frame.
Washougal (11-6) turned the tide as the match went on, however, as more of the match was played in Aberdeen’s side of the field. Gutierrez made three key saves late in the second half, including a diving save in the 67th minute to keep the deficit at 1-0 for the time being.
The Panthers continued to bring pressure and found the back of the net for a second time with a hard shot from the right side of the box off the foot of Aurora Espinoza in the 73rd minute.
Emmy Walsh nearly got the Bobcats on the board in he 79th minute as she streaked toward goal with a defender on her heels, but Dayley got a piece of the shot to tip it wide of the goal.
Though his team wasn’t able to continue its season, Larry Fleming said he’s proud of what his young team accomplished this season.
“(Washougal) has some good players with some good power, but I thought we held up pretty well. It was 1-0 the whole time just about and we almost scored at the end to make it 2-1,” he said. “I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I’m happy with the season with a pretty young group.”
Elma 9, Raymond-South Bend 0
Jilian Bieker tallied three goals and three assists to lead the Elma Eagles to a 9-0 win over Raymond-South Bend on Thursday at Davis Field in Elma.
Bieker scored in the fourth minute to get Elma on the board.
Elma (6-8-2, 5-5 Evergreen 1A) then scored three goals in the span of six minutes, started by a Bieker tally in the 24th minute followed by a Grace Spencer goal a minute later.
Bieker then scored an unassisted goal to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead in the 30th minute.
Harlee Nelson scored a pair of goals and Janessa Sample and Chloe Clark also scored for Elma in the victory.
With the victory, Elma is tied with Hoquiam for the third and final playoff spot in the 1A Evergreen League.
The Eagles and Grizzlies will face off in a play-in game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Montesano High School. The winner advances to the district tournament while the loser will see its 2019 season come to an end.
— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group
Hoquiam 10, Forks 0
Hoquiam’s Sadie Carlyle and Taylor Strom both scored hat tricks in a dominant 10-0 home win over Forks to close out the regular season Thursday night at Olympic Stadium.
Carlyle started the scoring by picking up a goal in the third minute and added goals in the seventh and 16th minutes to complete her hat trick before halftime.
Strom got on the score sheet in the 10th minute and added two more tallies in the 44th and 60th minutes in her hat-trick performance.
Strom and Caryle’s passing were also on display as the both picked up an assist as well.
Hoquiam head coach Drew Grannemann said it was good to see seniors Strom and Kara Blodgett make contributions on Senior Night.
“Tonight was a great way to celebrate our seniors and a good way to finish off regular-season play. Now we turn our full attention to Saturday,” he said.
Hoquiam will play in a play-in game for 1A District IV Tournament on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Elma at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano.
Tenino 1, Montesano 0
Montesano lost another close game with the league’s first-place team after suffering a 1-0 lossto Tenino on Thursday in Montesano.
Montesano (12-4, 8-2 Evergreen 1A) had some promising scoring opportunities in first 15 minutes, but couldn’t get on the board.
Tenino (15-0-1, 10-0) began to create more chances to score as the match went on and its aggressive play payed off when the Beavers drew a foul outside of the box.
Brieanna Dell converted on the free kick opportunity and got her shot over the wall to beat the Monte keeper for the only tally of the game.
Montesano suffered a 3-0 loss to the Beavers earlier in the season, but Bulldogs head coach Fidel Sanchez said he was encouraged by Thursday’s result.
“We’re right there,” he said. “The first time we played them, we practically gave them three goals in the first game and today we played our best and we lost 1-0.”
Montesano will now look forward to its 1A District IV Tournament match against King’s Way Christian.
The Bulldogs beat the Knights 3-0 on Sept. 19 and will be looking for a similar result at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Montesano.
Elma 3, Forks 0
Elma will finish the season undefeated in league play after closing out the regular season with a 3-0 win over Forks on Senior Night.
Elma (12-2, 8-0 Evergreen 1A) took the match 25-7, 25-21 and 25-20 and got an impressive performance out of Kali Rambo, who contributed 18 kills and six aces.
Elma head coach Kendra Dunn said she was pleased with her team’s concentration despite emotions that come with senior night.
“It was Senior Night, so we wanted to do it for the seniors and they came out ready to play. They had a lot of emotions, but we had a goal of being undefeated league champs,” she said. “I’m really proud of them pushing hard for what they wanted to achieve.”
Elma will get a first-round bye in the 1A District Tournament and will play the winner of the Forks-Castle Rock game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Montesano High School.
Willapa Valley 3, North Beach 0
The Willapa Valley Vikings took advantage of North Beach errors en route to a straight-set victory on Wednesday at North Beach High School.
More importantly, the Vikings victory clinches the 2B Pacific League title and No. 1 district tournament seed for the Vikings.
Willapa Valley (13-1, 9-1 Pacific 2B) won by scores of 25-6, 25-13 and 25-9 and were led by Hailee Layman’s four kills and seven blocks.
Lauryn McGough and Olivia Betrozoff added four kills apiece and Britney Patrick and Katie Adkins were perfect from the service line, going 32-for-32 with four aces combined.
The victory wraps up a stellar regular season for the Titans, whose only loss on the season was in a non-league contest to Ocosta in five sets on Sept. 17.
That loss helped to springboard Willapa Valley’s current 12-game winning streak and undefeated league record.
“They were upset when they lost to Ocosta, and I told them not to be upset, it’s the league game that counts,” Willapa Valley head coach Karisa Hodel said. “I just told them their goal from the beginning was to be league champs and to focus on that goal. They made it a goal to not lose a league game. They wanted to prove they could do it and they did that.”
Willapa Valley hosts Adna at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in the first round of the 2B District IV Tournament.
North Beach (7-8, 3-6) finishes league play in seventh place and will face Kalama in the opening round of the district tournament at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Kalama High School.
— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group