Montesano got two goals from junior forward/midfielder Mikayla Stanfield and held Centralia scoreless in a 2-0 win on Saturday in Centralia.
Stanfield scored with a sharp line-drive shot from just outside the box in the 18th minute and netted her second goal off an assist from senior forward Lilly Causey in the 30th minute to put Monte up 2-0.
The Bulldogs (3-1 overall) were bolstered by a defense that surrounded just five shots in the game, helping junior goal keeper Riley Timmons to her third clean sheet of the early season.
“We played well,” Montesano head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “All the girls contributed and played good defense.”
Monte also got some good news on Saturday as senior midfielder Jaiden King, a key player in Monte’s run to the state tournament last season, made her season debut after an injury has kept her out for the first three games of the season. King played nearly 35 minutes and has three shots in the game.
Monte outshot the Tigers (0-3) 12-6 with Timmons saving all five shots on-goal she faced.
Montesano plays at Seton Catholic at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Montesano 2 0 — 2
Centralia 0 0 — 0
First half — 1, Montesano, Stanfield, 18th minute. 2, Stanfield (Causey), 30th minute.
Highland 3, Ocosta 2
Ocosta kept it close against the state’s third-place team from last season, but couldn’t find the equalizer late in a 3-2 loss to Highland on Friday in Ocosta.
Playing its first ever Friday night game in Westport, Ocosta (0-2) started slow out of the game against a crisp-passing Scotties team.
Highland (1-0), which finished third in the 2B State Tournament in 2021, scored goals in the 22nd minute and in first half stoppage time to take a 2-0 lead into the half.
Ocosta came out hot in the second half, scoring just 19 seconds in when senior midfielder Natalie Carloza dribbled through the Scotties defense and placed a shot into the far corner of the net, trimming the deficit to 2-1.
But five minutes later, Highland scored its third goal of the game off a rebound to regain a two-goal lead.
In stoppage time, a Scotties penalty led to an Ocosta direct kick just outside the box. Wildcats midfielder Kylee Denny’s shot bounced off the Highland keeper, allowing senior forward Miki Ness to drill the ball into the net for Ocosta’s second goal of the game.
But time ran out on the Wildcats shortly thereafter, leading to the 3-2 loss.
“We played better tonight but we still have a long way to go with our new players this year,” Ocosta head coach Mike King said. “They’re adjusting to the physicality of high school soccer.”
King cited the solid play of Denny, her sister Meghan, Joanah Rosander and Gabby Ness.
Ocosta keeper Mia Saunders had nine saves in the contest.
Highland 2 1 — 3
Ocosta 0 2 — 2
Elma 1, Centralia 0 (Thursday)
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Pierce 8, Grays Harbor 0
Grays Harbor College is still looking for its first win of the season after suffering an 8-0 loss to Pierce College on Saturday at Pierce College.
Pierce (5-2, 3-1 NWAC West) got four gols from Laila Peterson and two goals apiece from Marissa Young and Ashlyn Kennedy while outshooting GHC 29-1.
Chokers keeper Katie Allydice made 11 saves in the contest.
GHC drops to 0-6 overall, 0-4 in the NWAC West Region with the loss.
The Chokers play at Centralia at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Grays Harbor 0 0 — 0
Pierce 5 3 — 8
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Hoquiam’s Higgins, Roloff win at Ocosta Invitational
Hoquiam cross country runners Timmy Higgins and Jane Roloff opened the season with victories at the Ocosta Invitational on Saturday in Westport.
Higgins, a senior, ran the 5,000 meters in 20:26 to win the boys varsity race, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of Onalaska’s Ben Russon (20:52, 2nd) and Elma’s Kaedin Betschart (21:54, 3rd).
Hoquiam’s Cody Drake (22:06, 4th) and Konlan Higgins (22:47, 10th) also placed in the top 10 in the boys race.
Roloff continued to show why she is one of the best distance runners on the Twin Harbors with victory in the girls race. The Grizzlies junior posted a time of 21:45, nearly five minutes better than Ilwaco’s Nora Soule, who placed second with a time of 26:29.
Ocosta sophomore Rebekah Stone (26:53) and Willapa Valley sophomore Jasmine Solo (27:04) placed thrid and fourth, respectively.
Other Twin Harbors runners to place in the top 10 were Ocosta’s Madeline Schaeffer (27:35, 6th), Elma’s Georgia Burkhart (27:40, 7th), Raymond’s Genevieve Sarich (27:58, 8th) and Elma’s Kylie Haver (28:41, 10th).
Elma won the girls competition with a score of 21, followed by Forks in second (34).
Ocosta’s boys won the 2,500-meter middle school race with a score of 27, two points better than Elma.
Elma’s Frank Roberts won the race (9:06) with Ocosta’s Kirstar Ashby (9:31) and Elma’s Haven Wunsch (9:33) placing second and third, respectively.
In the girls middle school race, Ocosta’s Juliet Lisle placed third with a time of 12:07, leading the Wildcats to a second place finish with 30 points, five points behind first-place Forks.
For full race results, visit athletic.net.
Aberdeen, Montesano compete at Olympia XC Invite
A handful of Aberdeen and Montesano cross country runners competed at the Olympia XC Invite on Saturday at LBA Park in Olympia.
Aberdeen’s Henry Nelson placed third in the two-mile sophomore race with a time of 11:04.54 while Will Boling placed 10th in the senior race with a time of 10:43.21.
Montesano’s Aric Jacklin placed 26th in the boys senior race with a time of 11:41.27.
The Bulldogs’ Lilly Schweppe placed 29th in the girls senior race with a time of 16:15.60.
Montesano’s Haley Schweppe won the girls one mile middle school race with a time of 5:43.47 while teammate Zoe Ray placed third (6:33.20).
Monte’s Colton Vaughn placed 10th in the boys one mile middle school race with a time of 6:38.83.
Full race results are available on athletic.net.