RIVALS: Lauren Tornow, Courtney Bennett Each Score Twice in W.F. West’s 4-1 EvCo Win Over Tigers
Lauren Tornow and Courtney Bennett notched a pair of goals apiece, and W.F. West avenged its season-opening Rotary Cup loss with a decisive 4-1 win over rival Centralia on Tuesday night in the Hub City.
The Bearcats scored four unanswered goals over the game’s last 52 minutes to earn the Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer victory. Centralia had won the teams’ first matchup — the nonleague Rotary Cup trophy game — by a 5-4 margin back on Sept. 5.
“I think that it was a good reflection of how much we’ve improved over the year, from our first game to the 11th game,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “The first game we gave away a lot of breakaways to their sneaky forwards, and this game I don’t think we had a single breakaway.”
The Tigers, though, struck first, with Alayna Miller assisting Ana Ulrigg on a goal in the 31st minute.
Tornow tied things up in the 38th on an assist from freshman Madi Mencke, and Bennett nailed a penalty kick in the 51st minute to give W.F. West the lead.
Tornow struck again in the 63rd minute, on an assist from Becca Deskins, and Bennett wrapped the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 71st minute.
The midfield — led by upperclassmen Bennett and Kiara Steen — did a sound job of controlling the pace of the game, Anderson said.
“(They’ve) done a fantastic job all season long,” Anderson said. “They do a really good job of being leaders on the field and stepping up in big games.”
W.F. West got off to a slow start, he added, but a halftime pep talk helped settle the team down.
“We came out a little bit nervous. The younger girls were playing a little timid in the first half, I thought,” Anderson said. “The adjustments we made to our formation a couple weeks ago really benefitted us, keeping the goals-against way down.”
Taya McCallum — the only sophomore in a defensive line featuring three freshmen — was another standout, he added.
“She had a really good game, stepping up and winning the ball in front of her mark numerous times,” Anderson said. “She’s been really improving over the season and taking ownership back there.”
W.F. West (4-7, 3-3 league) plays at Tumwater on Thursday. Centralia (6-5-1, 2-4 league) hosts Rochester on Thursday.