Sehome’s girls’ soccer team needed a small comeback to defeat Cedarcrest in a Class 2A Northwest District consolation first round game Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Cedarcrest in Duvall.
After Cedarcrest went up early with a Sydney Kuehn goal in the fifth minute, Sehome knotted it up before halftime on Devin Grahn’s 37th minute goal. Grahn was assisted by Lyla Pagnotta.
“We were really dominating, doing a pretty good job, but they got a counter attack,” Sehome coach Andria Fountain said in a phone interview. “The rest of the half we held possession and got our goal.”
Sehome showed its determination to keep its state hopes alive with a goal seven minutes into the second half by Katie Mindnich, assisted by Grahn. Grahn had launched a corner kick high into the box and Mindnich headed the ball into the net.
“In the second half we focused on possession,” Fountain said. “We had seven corners and had a lot of good opportunities. Then we finished that one corner and they kept pressing, but we managed to hold them.”
Maddy Hooker, Rebecca Lilliquist and Ilana Pechthalt were key to the Mariners’ defense holding off the Red Wolves’ attack, Fountain said.
“Overall I think it was strong. Everyone combined for good passing, I would have liked to see more goals from that, though,” Fountain said.
Sehome goalkeeper Nicole Carlson had eight saves.
“Nicole’s saves were great again,” Fountain added. “She came up with some great saves.”
Sehome advances to a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Thursday, Nov. 6, at a time and location to be determined. The Mariners will meet the loser of the Bellingham-Squalicum game.
Sehome 2, Cedarcrest 1
Goal: Sydney Kuehn (Cedarcrest), time 5; Goal: Devin Grahn (Sehome), assist: Lyla Pagnotta, time 37; Goal: Katie Mindnich (Sehome), assist: Devin Grahn, time 52. Goalies (saves) — Sehome: Nicole Carlson (8); Cedarcrest: Dakota Barnes (4). Shots on goal — Sehome 4, Cedarcrest 6.