November 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Courtesy of TNT.
BY CHRIS WELLS
In a game decided by inches, the Gig Harbor girls soccer magical run continued on Saturday following a 1-0 victory over state power Issaquah.
The Tides found their game winning goal in the 46th minute as junior midfielder Mia Ostergren got on the end of a corner that squirted just outside the 18 yard box, where Ostergren was waiting to half volley it back into the net.
Issaquah junior goalkeeper Anna Miller made an attempt to clear it from danger, but her diminutive frame kept her just out of reach from making the game saving save.
“This is the third year we’ve faced Issaquah in state and they’ve beaten us both times before. Third time is a charm,” Gig Harbor head coach Dani States said. “I believe they’re the top team in the state. The history is there and they’re just solid. They’re a phenomenal team. To be able to beat them finally, especially in the quarterfinals, it’s amazing.”
Although it was Gig Harbor advancing to the 4A State final four next Friday, a case could be made that Issaquah had the better opportunities on goal. To be able to beat them is the tip of everything.
The Tides bend, but don’t break defense gave Issaquah numerous looks from outside the 18, a couple that have to be parried over the crossbar. The most dangerous of chances came from senior outside back Lyrik Fryer, a committed player to Florida International University, who made dangerous attacking runs out of defense throughout.
Despite the opportunities, Gig Harbor junior goalkeeper Jordan Bertram came up big for the Tides. Defensive standouts Emery Wallerich, who is committed to play for Oregon State University next year, and junior Cara Tallman also played a big part in holding down the mighty Issaquah squad.
“Our defense all season long has been very composed,” the eighth year Gig Harbor coach said. “They’re not frantic, they can handle the pressure and Emery is a great leader and that composure for us. Jordan is the same way. Their personalities are mellow and they’re not fazed by pressure.”
With the final stage of the state playoffs ahead, Gig Harbor will make their second trip to the final four. The last came in the 2011 season when they were knocked out in the semifinals by Bellarmine Prep.
For seniors Wallerich, Rachel Ross and Sarah Hashman, this will be their second trip to the big show.
“I told the girls before the game, what about a book ending finish for the seniors. They started at the final four as freshmen and they were all varsity, and to be able to finish their senior year at the final four, that’s pretty great.”