Aberdeen’s first-round playoff game didn’t go as planned in a 1-0 loss to RA Long on Saturday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
The Bobcats (11-4 overall) had their chances in the first half, including a hard shot from senior forward Maddi Gore right at the RA Long keeper followed by a dangerous cross from Gore to forward Solveig Kvarsvik, who got a foot on but couldn’t direct it into the open net.
Aberdeen’s defense was able to keep the game scoreless for the bulk of the first half, highlighted by a spectacular save from senior defensive captain Aili Scott.
On a play in front of the Bobcats net, Aberdeen keeper Esmerelda Vega came out to deflect the ball away from the goal line.
The ball squirted out toward an RA Long player who sent a hard shot toward the net, but Scott positioned herself at the goal line and bodied the ball out of harm’s way to make the high-IQ save.
“She played it like a goalie with no hands,” Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said. “She was in perfect position to come out and break the angle down.”
RA Long (14-3-1) would take the lead when an Aberdeen turnover at midfield turned into a run up the sideline by Jills midfielder Emily Ramirez.
Ramirez sent a cross to forward Kathryn Chapin, who slotted a shot past Vega for a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute.
In the second half, the chances Aberdeen’s offense had in the first half were fewer and farther between as the Jills and Cats played mostly a midfield game.
RA Long produced multiple corner kicks in the period, but failed to create any dangerous scoring chances.
Aberdeen’s best chance came late in the game when an Aman Cheema corner kick sailed toward the front of the Jills net, but the RA Long defense was able to clear the ball out, ending the threat.
“That’s how they have been winning,” Fleming said of RA Long. “They play solid D, they get the ball to a couple of their good forwards that will try to beat you 1-on-1 and they pass pretty well at mid. … We’re one good pass from getting a great shot on goal. We’re just not connecting on that last one in the attacking third and it’s something we’ve been struggling with the whole year.”
With the loss, Aberdeen’s hopes for a district championship are over, but the Bobcats are still alive in the tournament and will host Washougal — which lost 3-1 to Columbia River in its first-round game — in an elimination game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Raymond sent to consolation round of 2B District Tournament
Raymond split its two games in the 2B District 4 Tournament on Saturday, beating Onalaska 3-0 in the first round before falling in five sets to Napavine in the quarterfinals at Raymond High School.
The Seagulls (15-4) opened with a 25-13, 25-3 and 25-19 win over Onalaska (0-16) led by 97% service as a team.
Karsyn Freeman (10 kills, 17 digs), Kyndal Koski (5 kills, 5 aces), Andrea Delgado (9 assists, 100% service), Alia Enlow (6 blocks) and Kassi Koski (5 blocks) led Raymond.
In the second round, Raymond lost a rollercoaster of a match to Napavine (13-5) 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 25-23 and 15-9, its second five-set loss to the Tigers this season.
Down 22-20 in the fourth set, Enlow stepped to the line and served out the rest of the set, leading Raymond to five straight points to force a fifth set.
But the Seagulls fell behind 5-1 in the final set and never recovered, losing 15-9 and being relegated to the elimination round.
Raymond was led by Freeman (22 kills, 36 digs), Enlow (10 kills, 22-22 service), Megan Kongbouakhay (17-17 service) and Kyndal Koski (30 digs, 18-18 service).
The Seagulls will host North Beach in a consolation-bracket game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Raymond High School.
Ocosta splits at 2B District Tournament
Ocosta advanced to the 2B District 4 Tournament’s quarterfinal round before a loss relegated the Wildcats to the elimination bracket on Saturday in Toutle Lake.
Ocosta (9-10) swept Morton-White Pass (10-9) 25-13, 25-16 and 25-22 in the first round, led by Alexia Bradley (15 kills, 6 blocks, 15-15 service), Alexandria Matthews (12 kills, 6 blocks), Brynn Rasmus (24 assists, 21-21 service), Noel Cuzdey (10-10 service, 22 digs) and Emily Scott (19 digs).
The Wildcats missed just two serves as a team, making good on 73-of-75 serves.
Against the Ducks (11-7) in the quarterfinals, Ocosta struggled to find an offensive rhythm and hold a lead, losing 25-13, 25-16 and 25-22.
The Wildcats were led by Rasmus (18 assists), Matthews (6 kills), Bradley (7 kills) and Cuzdey (14 digs).
Ocosta will face South Bend in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Raymond.
South Bend survives through lower bracket
South Bend lost its first round game in the 2B District 4 Tournament before winning to advance in the elimination bracket on Saturday in Kalama.
South Bend (7-10) was swept in straight sets against Rainier (10-9) 25-12, 25-17 and 25-17.
Makaylee Kuiken (16 digs), Raydynn Morley (12 digs, 8 kills), Kendall Harriman (100% service, 5 kills, 5 blocks) led South Bend.
South Bend kept its season alive with a five-set victory over Winlock (2-16) in the consolation bracket.
South Bend rallied to win 21-25, 16-25, 26-24, 25-21 and 15-11.
Kuiken (17-17 service, 14 digs), Howell (8 kills, 9 blocks), Morley (11 digs) and Fatima Delgado (11 digs) led South Bend.
South Bend faces Ocosta in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Raymond.
2B District 4 Tournament
Adna 3, North Beach 0
North Beach 3, Toledo 0 (Toledo eliminated)
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Ocosta’s Schaeffer, Stone qualify for state
Ocosta cross country runners Madeline Schaeffer and Rebekah Stone qualified for the state meet after placing in the top seven at the 1B/2B District 4 Cross Country Meet Saturday at Rainier Elementary School in Rainier.
Wildcats sophomores Schaeffer and Stone placed third and fourth, respectively to advance to the WIAA 1B/2B State XC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Schaeffer placed third with a time of 22:54.10 while Stone was fourth with a time of 22:58.71.
Raymond senior Genevieve Sarich just missed a spot at the state meet, placing eighth with a time of 23:40.70.
Willapa Valley’s Jasmine Solso (24:02.73, 12th) and Kaitlyn Ganzel (24:42.62, 14th) also placed in the top 15 in the 35-runner field.
In the boys 5,000-meter race, North Beach senior Asher Baggaley was the top Harbor athlete, crossing the finish line with a time of 18:56.72 to place 16th out of 86 competitors.
For full race results, visit athletic.net.