It was a nonleague game, insignificant enough that even winning Kentwood coach Aaron Radford admitted that “15 games from now, we won’t even remember what happened,” but down South last night, Kentwood and Auburn Riverside had what could be one of the best finishes of the fall. Not only in girls soccer, but any sport.
With less than a minute showing on the clock, the match was still scoreless, and Kentwood had several opportunities, a couple of them point blank, to score and had come away empty.
“We thought, ‘Well, maybe this isn’t our night,'” Radford said.
Then Kentwood freshman Kiana Kraft chipped a ball from the 50-yard line toward the Riverside goal. Senior forward Jenny Moore rushed up the field to meet it and was there when Riverside’s goalie rushed out to play it. Moore nabbed the ball, sidestepped the goalie and the put in a shot from about 30 yards. There were about 30 seconds on the clock.
“From the reaction of the players,” Radford said, “you felt like you just won a playoff game.”
I’ve said much here about Lynnwood ending its long losing streaks in football (20 games) and girls soccer (26) at the expense of Mountlake Terrace, so it’s only fair I mention last night’s volleyball score: Mountlake Terrace 3, Lynnwood 1.
1. Pfeiffer Bloecker, Seattle Prep, girls soccer. Broke through for both goals for Seattle Prep in big early 2-0 win against Bellarmine Prep.
2. Kerry Clavadetscher, Shorecrest, volleyball. Had 19 kills and 19 assists in a close five-set victory against Kamiak.
3. Lindsay Bos, Archbishop Murphy, girls soccer. Scored in both halves of 4-0 win against Kentlake.
Tonight’s top games
1. Kentwood at Federal Way, volleyball, 7:05 p.m. Class 4A runners-up in 2006 get the season started.
2. Mount Si at Skyline, girls soccer, 7:30 p.m. Important early-season game highlighted by match of midfielders McKenzie Barney and Nikki Stanton.
3. Federal Way at Graham-Kapowsin, football, 7 p.m. Matchup of SPSL 4A hopefuls from different divisions.