It was a loss, but a loss the Bearcats could take as a sign of improvement.
Two weeks after a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Evergreen 2A Conference-leading Black Hills, the Bearcats had a bit more success against the Wolves in a 3-0 EvCo girls soccer loss Thursday night in Chehalis.
“I thought we’ve improved tremendously since two weeks ago,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “They’ve averaged over six goals a game in league this year, so I felt like defensively we’ve made some adjustments the last couple weeks, and the girls are playing a lot better together.”
Sydney Lowe, Bella Brown and Naliyah Navarrete all scored for Black Hills, which led 2-0 at halftime.
The Bearcats also created more opportunities for their own offense on Thursday, Anderson pointed out, and held Black Hills (9-1, 5-0 league) to half as many shots as they attempted in the teams’ first matchup.
“It was much-needed to see our young girls play against a fast-paced, physical team like Black Hills,” Anderson said, “and I felt like we held our own pretty good. We’ve grown a lot.”
Becca Deskins, in the midfield, did an exceptional job of marking Brown, who Anderson said is one of the top players in the league and a likely candidate for the EvCo MVP award.
“She’s just a tremendous player,” he said, “and (Deskins) did a fantastic job of shutting her down for most of the night.”
W.F. West (3-7, 2-3 league) plays at rival Centralia on Tuesday.
Note: Centralia (6-4-1, 2-3 league) lost, 3-0, at Aberdeen on Tuesday in an EvCo game.
Tumwater Edges Rochester 2-1
TUMWATER — The Warriors played better the second time around, but couldn’t quite get over the hump in a 2-1 loss to Tumwater here Thursday in Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer action.
The Thunderbirds beat Rochester 7-0 back on Sept. 21, but with a few more healthy players the rematch was closer, according to Warrior coach John Hayes.
“They played for 80 minutes, as hard as they could, and we’re battling to the end,” Hayes said. “It was a really good game. The girls played very well.”
Cassity Colard scored in the 19th minute for Tumwater, which led 1-0 at halftime.
Rochester evened the slate in the 60th minute, when a free kick from Hunter Hahn glanced off the back of a T-Bird defender’s head and into the goal.
Colard, though, scored again later in the second half to put Tumwater ahead for good.
Rochester (0-10-1, 0-5 league) hosts Aberdeen on Monday.