BELLINGHAM - Squalicum girls' soccer coach David Kish's Facebook page proclaims it, and the T-shirts he passed out to his team Tuesday, Nov. 6, tell of all the ways the Storm is doing it.
"We're making history this year," Kish said. "That's what we set out to do this year, and that's what we have done."
Less than a week after winning the program's first Northwest District title, Squalicum continued to add to its list of historical accomplishments Tuesday.
Not only did the Storm play in its first state playoff game since 2003, it won its first girls' soccer state game - and in convincing style, dominating Fife 6-0 in the first round of the Class 2A Tournament.
With the win, Squalicum (18-1-1) moves on to the state quarterfinals for the first time and will host the winner of the Wednesday, Nov. 7, first-round game between Hockinson and Lindberg at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Civic Stadium.
"It's kind of hard to believe this program hasn't been to state in so long and that we didn't have a win at state before tonight," sophomore forward Sarah Byron said. "We've been talking about making history all year. We wanted to focus on our intensity and making sure we came ready to play."
There was no doubt that the Storm was ready on Tuesday, as it thoroughly dominated the game from start to finish.
By the time the final horn sounded, Squalicum held a 20-1 shots on goal advantage, and Fife's lone shot came from about 50 yards out with 7:35 remaining in the game.
Squalicum goalie Lauren Eckert rarely had to lift a glove, let alone move off the back line, as she picked up the Storm's 13th shut out victory and the team's 15th straight win. It wasn't until the 43rd minute that Eckert even touched the ball.
"Our coach wanted us to focus on three things coming into the game," Byron said. "We wanted to come out and play intense, we wanted to make good passes ... and we wanted to play good team defense."
Mission accomplished on all three fronts.
"When we do those three things, you see what can happen," Kish said. "When we play intense and we pass the ball well and we play good defense, the goals will take care of themselves, and we will control games."
And control it they did on Tuesday.
In the first half alone, Squalicum out shot the Trojans 9-0.
Add in another six solid scoring opportunities, and it seemed like the Storm was camped in the Fife end of the field for almost the entire half.
In fact, the Trojans didn't get within 15-yards of the Storm net for the first half hour, and the one time they did work it past the 10-yard line on the football field, Andrea DeVere immediately poked possession away and started a push in the other direction.
Byron made Squalicum's early offensive work pay off 81/2 minutes in, when she found the back of the net off a ricochet assist from Gracie Slater.
"We came out intense, but then I think we kind of settled down for a little bit," Byron said. "I think that goal showed us that we could win this game, and we just started playing like it was any other game."
But Byron's goal wasn't just any other goal.
As it turned out, it was the first state playoff goal in the program's history - Squalicum lost its 2001 state debut to Highline in a shootout of a scoreless game and fell 3-0 to Cedarcrest in 2003.
"Wow, I had no idea that it was the first," Byron said.
It certainly wasn't the last.
Kim Dorr gave Squalicum a little breathing room right before the half, as she got a foot on a corner kick from Lauren Wallace and found the left side of the net only 10 seconds before the halftime horn.
Eight and a half minutes into the second half, Lauren Gibb converted a penalty kick after Slater was taken down in the box.
Sixteen minutes later, Rachel Dorr made a beautiful move along the right sideline to find some space and nailed a cross-field shot from about 45 yards out.
Slater and Gibb each added another goal off assists from Julia DeVere and Kim Hazlett, respectively, in a minute-and-a-half span in the closing minutes, as Squalicum got ready to celebrate its first state win.
"Getting to state was our No. 1 goal, and now we want to keep this going," Kish said. "This season keeps getting sweeter and sweeter the further we go."
Reach David Rasbach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-715-2286.
SQUALICUM 6, FIFE 0
Scoring: Goal: Sarah Byron, assist: Gracie Slater, time: ninth minute. Goal: Kim Dorr, assist: Lauren Wallace, time: 40th minute. Goal: Lauren Gibb, time: 50th minute. Goal: Rachel Dorr, time: 65th minute. Goal: Gracie Slater, assist Julia DeVere, time: 70th minute. Goal Lauren Gibb, assist: Kim Hazlett, time: 71st minute. Shots on goal: Fife 1; Squalicum: 20. Goalies (saves): Fife Amber Nielsen (7), Alexis LaMarr (7). Squalicum Lauren Eckert (1).
Reach DAVID RASBACH at email@example.com or call 715-2271.