Saturday’s Prep Girls Soccer: W.F. West Locks Up Three Spot With Win Over Rochester

WF West’s Courtney Bennett (3) makes a goal Saturday afternoon in Rochester.

By The Chronicle

ROCHESTER — W.F. West’s Courtney Bennett scored two goals in the second half to help the Bearcats earn a 3-0 win over Rochester in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer match here on Saturday afternoon.

The win secures W.F. West the No. 3 spot out of the EvCo into the district tournament, with the Bearcats traveling to face the No. 2 team out of the Greater St. Helens League, which is currently Ridgefield with one game left in the regular season.

“It feels really good. With one game to go, with tomorrow being our senior night, we can focus on going out and having fun and getting a W for our seniors to end the season without any pressure of a result affecting our standing for playoffs,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said.

Rochester will play at Aberdeen on Tuesday for the No. 4 spot out of the EvCo into the district tournament.

The Bearcats scored the only goal of the first half in the 19th minute, with Lauren Tornow assisting a goal by Madi Mencke.

Bennett scored her first goal of the second half in the 47th minute on an assist from Mencke, and added her second goal of the game in the 63rd minute with an assist by Brianna Powe.

“That was quite nice to have. Being a Saturday game at noon, we struggled with our energy in the first half,” Anderson said. “They found their legs in the second half. We were able to control most of the play and create more opportunities, which was nice.”

Anderson applauded the play of Bennett, who is a senior leading the team in goals this season including her two goals on Saturday. He also highlighted the play of Kaylynne Dowling in the centerback role.

W.F. West (6-8-1, 5-4) hosts Centralia at 6 p.m. on Tuesday on senior night in the regular season finale.

Tumwater Edges Centralia

Tumwater scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute to earn a 1-0 victory over Centralia in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer match here on Monday.

Makayla McGilvrey scored on an assist from Jordan Hanson just before the end of the first half.

“They played pretty well, kept it close for all of the game. We had a few opportunities but didn’t capitalize on them,” Centralia coach Henry Gallanger said. “I’m pretty proud of how we bounced back from a below standard game. We played a really good game. Consistency is what we’re striving for. When we’re a consistent team, good things happen.”

Tumwater outshot Centralia 5-2, with Tiger goalkeeper Laura Gerringer making four saves.

Gallanger was complimentary of the play of his back line and in particular, Kupria Lapierre, for playing well against a good offensive team in Tumwater.

Centralia (2-13, 1-8) ends the season on Tuesday against W.F. West in Chehalis.

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