Tuesday’s 1A/2A Soccer: Montesano Edges Tenino 1-0 to Win League Title
By Matt Baide
TENINO — The Beaver defense was strong for the entire game, but allowed one goal to Montesano, which turned out to be the difference in a 1-0 loss in an 1A Evergreen League girls soccer game here on Tuesday.
Montesano’s lone goal came in the 67th minute from Samantha Stanfield.
“I think they’re just an all around good team,” Tenino coach Adam Barr said. “It’s Montesano, they’re at the top of the league for a reason.”
The win gave the Bulldogs (11-1-1, 6-0 league) the Evergreen League championship with two games left in the season.
“I’m not really disappointed,” Barr added. “I didn’t want us to go out there and overly exert ourselves because I think it’s more important that we go out there and beat Elma on Thursday.”
Tenino had a few chances to score, including a few shots from freshman forward Brieanna Dell. But the Beavers couldn’t generate much offense as the Montesano defense held on for a shutout.
The Beaver defense was also solid, with the Bulldogs — who have won their league games by a combined score of 28-2 — getting several scoring chances. Montesano missed a penalty kick in the 60th minute, and Tenino goalkeeper Maria Collins had double-digit saves on the night.
“I thought (the defense) played real well. Iris (Campensino) was just all over the place back there,” Barr said. “I think she saved us many times.”
Tenino (8-3, 3-3 league) plays a big game in the league standings when they travel to face Elma (3-2 league) on Thursday.
“I think if we play them just like we did Monte tonight, we’re not going to have any problems,” Barr said. “I think a win over Elma will put us into second, so that’s what we’re shooting for.”
2A Girls Soccer
Tornow Scores Twice, but Aberdeen Edges W.F. West
Aberdeen took a two-goal lead in the first half, and the Bearcats couldn’t quite catch up here Tuesday in an Evergreen 2A Conference soccer match in Chehalis.
The Bobcats led 3-1 at the break and held on for a 3-2 victory.
“We struggled. We didn’t really come out with a lot of pace and tempo and it hurt us,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said of the first half. “Aberdeen came out tactically playing very deep with their defense, which created a lot of space in the midfield that we weren’t used to. We didn’t find our marks in transition and got beat.”
Lauren Tornow scored in the fifth minute on an assist from Madi Mencke, and Aberdeen’s Adrianna Vazquez answered 10 minutes later. Anna Foss and Abbie Bradt added first-half goals for the Bobcats.
Tornow struck again in the 44th minute on an assist from Courtney Bennett.
“The girls played tremendous in the second half,” Anderson said. “We had pressure on goal in the second half. … We just couldn’t find the back of the net when we needed it at the end of the game.”
Tornow played well up top, Anderson said, adding that Abbey Duffey played “probably her best night of the year” on the outside.
“She created a lot of chances for us on the wing,” he said. “But unfortunately we just weren’t able to get that next goal.”
W.F. West (5-8, 4-4 league) hosts Rochester in an EvCo match on Thursday.
Black Hills Blanks Rochester
ROCHESTER — The Warriors held league-leading Black Hills to just a goal in the first half, but the Wolves woke up after the break and cruised to an 8-0 Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer win.
“Black Hills came out in the second half and they kind of took it to the next level,” Rochester coach John Hayes said. “They really pressured us, and a couple balls went off the goalie, and two turned into three turned into eight.”
Danica Marini scored in the first half and again in the second for Black Hills, with Megan Lowe, Chante Williams, Sydney Lowe, Julia Wojnar, Cassady MacWhorter and Maddie Klinger all adding goals after the break.
“We just didn’t come out in the second half and match the intensity that Black Hills had,” Hayes said. “I think they were a little upset that it was just 1-0 at halftime.”
Hunter Hahn played a strong game defensively for the Warriors, Hayes added.
Rochester (0-13-1) plays at Chehalis on Thursday.
Centralia Falls to Tumwater
TUMWATER — Centralia scored first, but Tumwater had the next four goals to earn a 4-1 win in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer match here on Tuesday.
Centralia scored in the 15th minute on a goal from Anastasia Ulrigg, with assists from Alayna Miller and Carissa Kaut. Tumwater answered with goals in the 18th and 23rd minute for a 2-1 lead at halftime.
The Thunderbirds tacked on goals in the 50th and 69th minutes to seal the victory.
“We’re doing a lot of things we’ve been working on in the last week in a half or so and seeing the evidence on the field. Their relentless pressure was creating some problems for us,” Centralia coach Henry Gallanger said. “We were feeling good at half within striking distance, but early into the second half, it was an uphill battle. It’s a tale of trying to have players moving in the same direction and playing well with each other.”
Centralia (7-6-1, 3-5 league) heads back to Tumwater on Thursday to face Black Hills in an EvCo match.