Centralia Hangs On to Take Rotary Cup Over W.F. West
It was the first game of the season for W.F. West and Centralia on Tuesday at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis, though it felt like a playoff game with the Rotary Cup trophy on the line.
Centralia’s Alayna Miller had two goals, and the Tigers held on late to earn a 5-4 win and take the Cup in a nonleague contest.
“The ladies did what they wanted to do. It was one of their check marks, so they were able to get the Cup back,” Centralia coach Henry Gallanger said. “We had adversity through the game, we made mistakes in the game and we fought right back and put some goals on the board and that’s what I liked.”
The Bearcats were down two goals at multiple points during the game and came close to tying things up on a few occasions, but couldn’t quite score when they needed to most.
“From that aspect, battling back, going down two goals a couple different times in the game, that kind of determination and grit is something I haven’t seen in my past teams here,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “I was really happy about that, and a lot of that is the mentality of these younger kids coming in. They’re fighters, they want to win, and overall, with our performance tonight, I’m not disappointed with the way our girls played. I’m obviously disappointed in the end result. … Overall, I’m happy with how our girls played.”
W.F. West opened the scoring in the third minute on a goal by Lauren Tornow, with an assist from Alida Ellingson.
Miller scored the next two, on an assist from Jade Coady in the 10th minute and an assist from Carissa Kaut in the 30th minute. Anastasia Ulrigg’s goal in the 34th minute put the Tigers up 3-1, though Megan Wilks scored just before halftime to cut the lead to 3-2.
Mia Martin found the net on a dish from Ulrigg in the 46th minute, but Abbey Duffey kept it close in the 54th minute on another Ellingson assist.
Kaut, though, put the Tigers up 5-3 in the 74th with an assist from Martin, and Tornow’s goal — again assisted by Ellingson — a minute later kept the Bearcats close. W.F. West pressed in the end and had a couple chances in stoppage time, but the Tigers were able to hold on for the win.
“It’s a rivalry game, and every rivalry game is a playoff game,” Gallanger said. “They’ll tell you, we’ll tell you, it doesn’t matter if it’s a nonleague game. It’s W.F. West versus Centralia, it’s Liverpool-Everton. It’s a rivalry game so it doesn’t matter. It’s always pride on the line.”
The Bearcats found a few positives to take away from the game.
“We communicate very well together. I saw a really good solid unit out there that worked well as a team,” Anderson said. “That’s the one thing that excites me is there wasn’t 11 individuals out on the field, it was one group playing as a team and that’s something to build off of without a doubt.”
This is the second annual Rotary Cup, with the Bearcats cruising to a 5-0 win last year at Tiger Stadium. With the win Tuesday, the Tigers will display the trophy proudly until next season.
“I have a place for it,” Gallanger said. “There’s a dust mark where it belongs so it’s going to go right back where it was.”
W.F. West plays at R.A. Long on Thursday. Centralia plays at North Mason on Thursday. Both matches are nonleague games at 7 p.m.