High School Soccer

Trojans fall in shootout despite improvement

Meridian’s girls’ soccer team played in another close game that went to a shootout on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Sultan High School against King’s.

The Trojans had goals from Ryley Zapien, Payton Lunde, Janessa Murphy, Lexi McKinnon and Emily Kooiman in the shootout, but Emily Schwisow’s attempt was saved and Emily Brackinreed missed her shot. Meridian goalkeeper saved the Knights’ fifth shot after they made the first four, but King’s scored on its next two shooters.

Lunde scored the opening goal for Meridian in the 32nd minute, assisted by McKinnon. Despite her goal, Lunde was unsure of herself going into the shootout, Meridian coach Terry Tigert said.

“When we had a shootout in Sultan, Payton missed her shot,” Tigert explained in a phone interview. “Even though we won she was pretty upset about it. She came up to me and was like, ‘I can’t do this,’ very upset, but I told her that she was going to take it and do great. She didn’t want to, but she made it and couldn’t be happier.”

King’s evened up the game with a goal just four minutes before the end of regulation on an Anisa Uberuaga goal, assisted by Abby Jenkins.

The Knights out-shot Meridian 20-14, with Meridian goalkeeper Sydney Gospodinovich grabbing 17 saves.

Lunde’s goal in regulation was a bit unorthodox, Tigert said.

“Payton took a shot from about 35 yards out, and it went in bottom-left, but it looked like the keeper didn’t think it was going in,” Tigert said.

The Trojans may have had an extra spring in their step, rising to the occasion in the Class 1A Northwest District title game.

“It was like I watched a new team from our team,” Tigert said. “We played physical and won a bunch of headers. I would say 85% of the time we won defensive headers, it was really fun to watch.”

King’s earned an automatic bid to the state tournament with the win, but Meridian will have to win one more to be in. It will take on the winner of Bear Creek and Mount Baker on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Sultan.

King’s 2, Meridian 1 (SO)

Goal: Payton Lunde (Meridian), assist: Lexi McKinnon, time 32; Goal: Anisa Uberuaga (King’s), assist: Abby Jenkins, time 76. Goalies (saves) — Meridian: Sydney Gospodinovich (17); King’s: Maddie Nelson (13). Shots on goal — Meridian 14, King’s 20.