By Matt Baide
ROCHESTER — Tenino and Rochester renewed the Scatter Creek Showdown rivalry here on Thursday, with the Beavers prevailing 2-1 over the Warriors in nonleague girls soccer action.
“They played pretty good tonight. We’ve been a little rusty because we haven’t touched a ball for a couple days and this is our first game,” Tenino coach Adam Barr said. “Overall, I’m impressed from what I’ve seen.”
Rochester and Tenino haven’t had a chance to practice due to the smoke cancelling practices the past two days, but both teams were ready to go once Tenino kicked off to start the game.
“I think we did alright, we’re really young. …There were a couple plays that didn’t go our way,” Rochester coach John Hayes said. “I think if we finish a couple of our breakaway’s, it’s a different story. I think we were nervous, first game of the year. And your first game being against your rival I think had the girls a little anxious.”
Tenino freshman Brieanna Dell scored two goals for the Beavers, which came in the 32nd minute and the 51st minute for a 2-0 Beaver advantage.
Rochester started finding some space in the second half, and Hunter Hahn got the Warriors on the board with a beautiful free kick goal in the 58th minute.
“We played a lot better second half, and that’s what we ask, it’s a work in progress,” Hayes said.
The Warriors worked to get the equalizer, but Tenino’s defense held up late to earn the win.
“I thought they (defense) did pretty good, defense is a thing we need to focus a little bit more on in practice so we’re still kind of getting there in our season,” Barr said.
Tenino (1-0) will host their first game on the new turf next Tuesday, taking on Castle Rock in a nonleague match. Rochester (0-1) travels to Montesano next Tuesday for a nonleague contest.
R.A. Long Edges W.F. West
By The Chronicle
LONGVIEW — The Bearcats had another close soccer game, falling to R.A. Long 3-2 in nonleague girls soccer action here on Thursday.
“The girls played really well tonight. I’m happy once again with our midfield play, they had a much stronger night,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said.
The Bearcats scored first in the 16th minute on a goal from Lauren Tornow on an assist from Alida Ellingson for an early lead.
R.A. Long answered the next minute with a goal to tie the game, and took the lead with a goal in the 21st minute for a 2-1 halftime lead.
The Lumberjills scored again in the 62nd minute to push the advantage to two goals. W.F. West cut the lead back to one in the 68th minute, as Megan Wilks fired a free kick into the box which was put into the net by Madi Mencke. It was as close as the Bearcats would come as R.A. Long held on for the win.
“I was happy with our young girls tonight. They are going to take their lumps early, adapting to speed at high school level,” Anderson said. “They’re going up against older kids. They are determined to play hard.”
Anderson also noted he was impressed with senior midfielder Kiara Steen’s performance tonight, saying she brought great energy to the midfield.
W.F. West (0-2) is back on the field on Monday, facing Yelm in a nonleague battle.
Centralia, North Mason Play to Scoreless Draw
NORTH MASON — Both teams had shots, but none found the back of the net as Centralia and North Mason played to a 0-0 draw here in nonleague girls soccer action on Thursday.
Centralia outshot North Mason 7-3, including four shots in the first half, but neither team was able to net a goal.
“The girls played very well. You’re always concerned about the idea of playing, after a pretty intense match, might have an energy let down,” Centralia coach Henry Gallanger said. “We played a pretty tough team, we defended well. We created more chances than them. We have nothing to hang our heads about, I was pleased with everyone’s performance.”