The Squalicum girls' soccer team picked the right time to play at its best as the Storm knocked off previously unbeaten Archbishop Murphy 2-1 in a Class 2A Northwest District semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 30, at King's High School in Seattle.
The Storm (16-1-1), which clinched a state berth with the win, advanced to take on Sehome in the district championship game at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3. The Mariners defeated Granite Falls 2-1 in a shootout in the other semifinal.
"It feels great," Squalicum coach David Kish said in a phone interview. "It was probably some of the prettiest soccer we've played all year."
The Storm struck first when Gracie Slater took a Kim Hazlett pass and scored in the 11th minute. Kim Dorr followed with a goal for Squalicum in the 32nd minute on an assist by Lauren Gibb.
"They were both real quality shots," Kish said.
Archbishop Murphy, ranked No. 3 in the state coming into the game, had 18 shots on goal but the Storm and goalie Lauren Eckert allowed just one in.
The win gives Squalicum its first state berth since 2003.
"The girls right now are on cloud 9," said Kish, who is in his fifth season as the Storm coach.
SQUALICUM 2, ARCHBISHOP MURPHY 1
Scoring: Goal: Gracie Slater (Squalicum), assist: Kim Hazlett, time: 11:00; Goal: Kim Dorr (Squalicum), assist: Lauren Gibb, time: 32:00; Goal: Shelby Koch (ATM), time: 62:00. Shots on goal: Squalicum 11, ATM 18. Goalies (saves): Squalicum: Lauren Eckert (7); ATM: Anna Whitehouse (5).