Brooke Streeter’s penalty-kick goal in the 31st minute of the game was all the scoring Montesano needed as the Bulldogs advanced to the 1A District IV championship game with a 1-0 win over La Center on Thursday at Tenino High School.
Monte nearly got on the board midway through the first half when senior Anna Ayres blasted a shot that beat the La Center keeper but clanged off the crossbar.
With just under 10 minutes left in the first half, Streeter made a play on a 50-50 ball sent toward the La Center goal. The junior midfielder was fouled by a late-arriving La Center defender, and sent the subsequent penalty-kick into the top left corner for a 1-0 lead.
And the Bulldogs defense made it stick. In a game that Monte head coach Fidel Sanchez stated was mostly played in the midfield, Montesano’s defense allowed just two shots on goal, both of which being non-dangerous attempts that were easily scooped up by Bulldogs keeper Ellie Barbo.
“Anything (La Center) got through the midfield, our defense stopped them from going forward,” Sanchez said. “We recovered well, were organized with the ball and kept possession going the other way.”
Montesano (14-4) will take on a familiar foe in league-rival Tenino, which won the 1A Evergreen League title and defeated Monte twice this season, most recently in a 1-0 game in the regular-season finale on Halloween.
Sanchez feels the pressure of being a league champion playing in the title game on its home turf could work against Tenino.
“The pressure is all on them and that’s good for us,” he said. “We like that situation and are going to try to take advantage of it.”
Monte and Tenino will face off for the district title at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tenino High School.
Toledo 47, Raymond 9
The Raymond Seagulls fell behind early and never recovered in a season-ending 47-9 loss to Toledo in a 2B crossover game on Thursday at Kelso High School.
Raymond (4-7) fell behind by three touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 66-yard scoring run by Indians quarterback Duke Schaplow to stake Toledo (8-3) to a 24-0 lead.
Fortunes didn’t fare much better for Raymond in the second quarter after Schaplow and running back Davin Kinsman each scored a touchdown run in the frame to put Toledo up 40-0 at halftime.
Jose Delgado got Raymond on the board with a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter, making it a 47-3 ballgame, followed by a 54-yard touchdown run by Joseph Villalpando in the fourth quarter.
Villalpando ended the game with 100 yards on 20 carries and the aforementioned touchdown.