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November 21, 2008 at 12:52 PM

2A state soccer thread

I’ll start the Cedarcrest and East Valley (Yakima) thread on top.

7th minute, tied 0-0 — Not much in this one yet as both teams are feeling each other out. The Cascade Conference’s title hopes now rely on the Red Wolves.

12th minute tied 0-0 — Cedarcrest midfielder Ashton Griffin providing some great service to her teammates, resulting in shots by Erin Kearney and Haley Clapp.

19th minute, tied 0-0 — In a game of ebbs and flows, East Valley appears to be pressing the action. Kaylah Gonzales — and her bright yellow shoes — is controlling the play in the middle.

31st minute, Cedarcrest 1-0 — GOAL! A Red Wolves shot bounces off the post in front of the goal and Brooke Chapman battles the East Valley defense to knock the ball in. Great heads up play and determination.

Halftime. Cedarcrest 1-0 — I just noticed neither the Red Wolves or the Red Devils are wearing red in today’s game. Though a cynic might say the red devils are, those being the referees.

46th minute. Cedarcrest 2-0 — GOAL! After an Ashton Griffin corner kick bounced around, it fell to the feet of Maggie Pleis and the freshman forward buried a 16 yard missile past the EV goalkeeper. What a strike!

50th minute. Cedarcrest 3-0 — GOAL! The Red Wolves get a third and appear to book a trip to the title game. Chapman passed to the ball to Rachel Kevin in front of the net, who didn’t miss from short distance.

60th minute. Cedarcrest 3-0 — Things are getting a little physical now as East Valley tried to get one on the board.

71st minute. Cedarcrest 3-0 — Time is slipping away for the Red Devils. They just didn’t have the finishing touch tonight. The stark opposite for Cedarcrest, who appeared to put away a high percentage of their chances in getting the three goals.

FINAL. Cedarcrest 3-0 — Great showing by the Red Wolves, whose coach Denis Watts praised Archbishop Murphy for being the best team in the state after the win. Watts went on to credit a “lucky draw”, but also called his team “road warriors.”

Not too often you get coaches like that.

Down here at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood, Archbishop Murphy of Everett, perhaps the most talented 2A team in the state, is about to kickoff with Fife, the defending 2A champion.

Last year, Fife knocked out the Wildcats in the semis 3-0. Should be a good one.

AMBS has clinched its 8th straight trophy. Fife is led by returning 2A state player of the year Amanda Roselli.

I’ll keep you posted.

6th minute, tied 0-0 — Game is delayed due to earrings. Murphy midfielder Sam Pettinger the guilty party and is forced to leave the field until they’re removed.

16th minute, tied 0-0 — Archbishop Murphy is really controlling the run of play. The ball is rarely on its half of the field. Sophomore center midfielder Caroline Brawner, a national-team pool player for her age bracket, is particularly impressive.

25th minute, tied 0-0 — The Wildcat defense led by Alli Beard is very organized and hasn’t allowed a shot on goal. It will be tough for the Trojans find room in their offensive third of the field.

32nd minute, tied 0-0 — It’s getting a little chippy out there now, with more than a couple girls hitting the deck. Shots by Brawner and Brittany Allen have forced saved by Ryann Waldmann. Murphy holds a 4-0 shot advantage.

39th minute, Fife 1-0 — GOAL! Fife forward Amanda Roselli runs about 30 yards onto the ball for a breakaway goal. A ball was played through the Wildcat defense, Roselli outran AM’s Meagan Duke to the ball and beat goalkeeper Alexa Hughes to the far post. Hughes probably could’ve beat everyone to the ball had she run out.

Halftime. Fife 1-0 — The Murphy team and crowd are stunned. Fife cashes in on one of its few chances to take the lead at the break. The Trojans had shown late life in the half after switching formations to a one-forward attack to focus on more possession.

44th minute, Fife 1-0 — The Wildcats have come out with much more energy and are pressing the action. But Fife has come out with more defenders to protect the lead. I expect the Trojans to get a number of chances on the counter-action also.

53rd minute, Fife 1-0 — A curling free-kick into the penalty box by AM’s Lindsey Bos forcing a punch save from Waldmann. The Fife ‘keeper has had a strong game.

55th minute, Fife 1-0 — The Murphy crowd erupts as Bos fires a shot from 16 yards that appears to find the back of the net! But it had hit the side netting for a goal kick.

64th minute, Fife 1-0 — A shot by AM’s Tasha Tabisz forces another sprawled out, diving save by Waldman, who just pushes the ball away for a corner kick. The ball is eventually cleared.

68th minute, Fife 1-0 — The first yellow card of the match is given to AM’s Maddy Huggins, who came in late to a tackle and looked to have hit heads with a Fife defender. Pretty reckless challenge. The Wildcats are getting desperate.

70th minute, Fife 1-0 — The Murphy crowd can’t believe it again as Sam Pettinger appeared to have found the equalizer on a pass from Brittany Allen, but just before the ball could cross the line a Fife defender saves the ball over the crossbar! On the ensuing corner kick, a Bos shot goes wide.

78th minute, Fife 1-0 — AM keeps pressing, but is gonna need some magic to beat Waldmann. I’m going down to the field and will update the final ASAP.

FINAL. Fife 1-0 — A painfully familiar result for the Wildcats, but Fife got the goal and made it hold up. AM was understandably upset at the loss, but only graduates a handful of seniors. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see them getting their ninth-straight trophy next year.

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