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Skyline v. Kentwood
13th minute — Things are very even here. The ball is back and forth on both ends of the field. Unlike most games though, where the teams are booting the ball back and forth, both teams are able to maintain possession. Quality stuff so far.
23rd minute — Kentwood survives a wild scramble in front of its net that seemed to last over a minute. Skyline must have had at least five shots there but the ball finally goes out for a goal kick.
30th minute — The Spartans, I feel, are getting the better of it right now, but KW’s vaunted defense keeps turning them away.
Halftime — Scoreless here between Skyline and Kentwood. The play was even for the first while, then the Spartans really became the aggressors. Not sure GK Jill Stika had much to do in the Skyline goal. That said, KW has kept ’em out.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one go to extra time. Both teams are very deliberate and disciplined, so it will be tight the whole way.
49th minute — Pace of this one has slowed down. There’s not much to write about — both here on the blog and for my game story.
52nd minute — A wayward backpass by a Skyline defender nearly resulted in the game’s first goal for Kentwood, but Tina Vargas comes to the rescue.
60th minute — Skyline nearly broke through when Jackie Wilson played a great pass ahead to Emily Anderson, but she couldn’t get a solid shot off.
68th minute — Still not much in this one. OT seems inevitable, unless we get a moment of magic…
End of regulation — Both teams were pressing at the end, neither is playing for the shootout.
83rd minute — Dangerous free-kick for Skyline taken by Madi Barney, forces a diving save by Courtney Johnson, but it didn’t trouble her much.
End of 1st OT — Skyline had a couple great chances, both turned away by Johnson. The Spartans are getting the better of it, but it won’t matter in five minutes.
End of 2nd OT — I’m headed to the field. Will update ASAP.
FINAL — WOW. Skyline wins the shootout 7-6. It went nine deep and it was hard to watch either team lose that one.
Spartans had successful conversions by Maddie Christ, Coral Anderson, Emily Anderson, Michelle Bretl, Anna Morgan, Alexa Strom, Kayla Shim.
Kentwood’s Alex White, Rachel Bindl, Kiana Kraft, Dana Wareham, Reilly Retz and Courtney Roller made their shots.
Issaquah 3, Kamiakin 1
10th minute — Having been able to update much due to writing duties for the 3A semifinals. Issaquah has dominated the run of play. Kamiakin hasn’t had any possession in the Eagles end really.
20th minute — GOAL! Kristin Maris collects a Margaret Rauch cross from the left side and calmly finished to give the Eagles the 1-0 lead.
26th minute — GOAL! In one of their few chances in the game, the Braves tie the score when Emilee Meyer cleaning finishes a cross from Jori Skorpik.
38th minute — GOAL! Maris adds her second goal of the night with another header. Looked like Eagles senior Lindsay Stoll had the pass. Big goal right before the break.
Halftime — Issaquah leads 2-1 at the halfway point and deserved so. The Eagles offense looks sharp and looks likely to extend a three-goals-or-more streak dating over a month.
The Braves are staying in it, but I think that’s in part due to some shaky defending. Kamiakin hasn’t earned many chances, but each of them seem more dangerous when Issy can’t clear the ball.
49th minute — The ball is staying primarily in the Braves side of the field as Issaquah continues to attack. Kamiakin has a steep uphill battle in store the rest of the way.
51st minute — GOAL! Issaquah takes the 3-1 lead when Maris played a perfectly inviting ball on the ground across the penalty box that a wide-open Lindsay Stoll hammered into the upper 90. An absolute scorcher!
63rd minute — Kamiakin fighting to pull one back, but it looks to be a tall task at this point.
Final — Issaquah wins 3-1. A pretty convincing win for the Eagles.
Mercer Island 2, Camas 1
Pregame — About underway in the second 3A semifinal, Camas could make it an all GSHL 3A affair in the title game with a win.
8th minute — Fairly even so far. No great chances for either team. Definitely more physical than last game.
13th minute — GOAL! Mercer Island takes an early 1-0 lead on an incredible goal by Ellen Haas. Islanders teammate Erin Bourguignon cleared a ball forward that Haas did well to earn along the right side, then she fired a 25-yard shot from a poor angle along the sideline that sailed over the Camas goalkeeper into the net. What a strike!
14th minute — Camas earns an indirect free kick from about six yards out, but the wall of 11 MI defenders blocks the shot.
16th minute — Bourguignon fires a long free-kick that nearly bounces into the upper corner but is stopped by a great reflex save. Lot of action in this one.
24th minute — The run of play is still about even. There are two incredibly talented forwards out here. MI’s Haas had the incredible goal and is extremely dangerous. Camas senior Michelle Pillette is playing very well too.
26th minute — GOAL! Camas scores to tie the game at 1-1 when midfielder Adrienne Engel crossed in a ball that was batted around then headed in by Olivia Lovell.
Halftime — Tied 1-1. Papermakers came on strong at the end of the half and controlled most of the possession. MI has some great fan support here and Haas is definitely capable of hitting the net at any moment.
From what I’ve seen, I still favor Camas to pull this one out. Their team is very organized, disciplined and passed the ball around well. The Papermakers have had a couple very near misses.
46th minute — MI’s Alexi Odegard does well to fire a shot on goal off a Bourguignon cross, but it’s saved nicely. This game is still definitely there to be had.
48th minute — Our first booking of the day goes to Camas defender Kailee Esser, who got a yellow card for a hard foul. Bourguignon strikes a beautiful free kick that is kept out by an incredible save.
59th minute — Islanders forward Lauren Frank took a knock and had to be subbed off. That slowed down what was a frenetic pace. In a pretty even game, who’s going to make that one play to win it?
66th minute — Momentum is slightly on MI’s side now as Haas fights for a loose ball and fires a shot over the net. As I type that Camas forward Eryn Brown weaves through the Islanders defense and fires a shot on goal. Should have another great finish here.
70th minute — PENALTY! A Camas defender clocks an Islander in the box and Bourguignon converts the spot kick to put the Islanders up 2-1.
77th minute — Camas is peppering the MI goal, the Islanders only three minutes away from a shot at their first championship.
FINAL — Islanders survive for the 2-1 win. In the 79th minute, Camas junior Annike Sumpter fired an incredible shot from 20 yards out denied only by the crossbar.
Columbia River 2, West Valley (Yakima) 1 (shootout win 3-1)
6th minute — So far the Chieftains have had the better of it, earning a couple shots on goal. CR, which didn’t get a lot of love in the rankings all year, certainly looks the part in the early going.
16th minute — A CR player goes down awkwardly in the West Valley penalty box and it appears to be pretty serious. Looks to be a left knee injury and she’s being taken off the field in a cart. Chieftains still in control of the game.
22nd minute — A shot by Columbia River’s Marissa MacKinnon is saved by West Valley goalkeeper Lee Hanses and than ricochets off the crossbar for a corner kick. The best chance of the game so far as the rain starts to pick up.
31st minute — Another great diving save from Hanses keeps CR out of the net. The Rams senior goalkeeper has been very active and impressive to keep the game scoreless.
Halftime — Still scoreless between Columbia River and West Valley of Yakima. I’ve been very impressed with the Chieftains so far, besides a few dangerous moments from the Rams, CR has been in control of the game.
Columbia River plays with three deep defenders, who are very disciplined and organized. Their ability to shut down the Rams offense allows the Chieftains to play seven girls in the attack. CR’s possession game also is keeping them in control of the ball in West Valley’s end of the field.
42nd minute — CR’s Mindi Hunsaker heads a free kick just off target. Moments later Chieftains defender Brittany Landon fired another free kick, this one from distance, that is saved by Hanses.
53rd minute — The game is starting to even out and West Valley is controlling more of the ball and creating more on offense. In fact the Rams might be getting the better of it right now.
54th minute — GOAL! The Rams take advantage of the momentum swing and earn a 1-0 lead on a goal by Haley Curtis. The senior forward fought for the ball in the CR defensive third, created some space and fired a great shot past the diving Chieftains goalkeeper Teagan Ryan.
61st minute — Columbia River pressing now. They’ll be disappointed to be losing right now after the game they’ve played. Plenty of time to level this one, but Hanses is playing strong in the net.
71st minute — GOAL! The Chieftains tie the game when senior Hannah Kimsey skies to head in a corner kick by teammate Kellianne Swenson. A well-deserved goal for CR, which has played very well.
74th minute — A breakaway goal by West Valley is called back for offsides. Looks like we’re gonna have an exciting finish in this one.
End of regulation — We’re going to overtime. I’d give CR the edge in added time when the way the Chieftains have performed, but favor West Valley in a shootout with the way Hanses has played.
88th minute — Hanses with a huge diving kick-save to keep the Rams title hopes alive!
End of shootout — CR keeper Teagan Ryan makes two saves and the Chieftains convert three of their four kicks to win 3-1. Columbia River advances to its first-ever championship.