If you saw Sehome girls’ soccer play earlier this year, you might not recognize them now.
After losing three of their first four, the Mariners have now gone undefeated in their last seven games, including wins in the last five after defeating Meridian 2-0 in a Northwest Conference match on Thursday, Oct. 8, at Civic Stadium.
“Our season didn’t start the way we wanted to and I think that was just a mental thing,” Sehome (6-3-2, 5-1-2 NWC) coach Andria Fountain said after Thursday’s victory. “I can only coach them so far. At some point they have to make the switch on the field and come together as a team and I think they’ve done that.”
Senior captain Bryce Sherif has a lot to do with that, as she was instrumental in holding an extremely athletic Trojans’ squad scoreless while adding a 20th-minute goal herself — a 40-yard free kick that found the net amid a flurry of players.
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Sherif admitted afterward the kick wasn’t intended as a shot.
“I was trying to cross it far-post but our team just made really good runs to cause a lot of chaos,” the defender said. “It happened to go in.”
It wasn’t the only ball to find its way past Meridian (8-2-0, 5-2-0 NWC) goalkeeper Sydney Gospodinovich.
Fiona Dawson rocketed a shot from 25 yards out in the 57th minute that slid under the crossbar, which ended up being the dagger to the Trojans’ hopes of a comeback.
“Fiona’s got a great shot. Sometimes I think she should be a field-goal kicker for football. She’s got a lot of power behind it so when she gets it on target, it’s hard for any keeper to stop,” Fountain said. “Meridian’s got one of the strongest keepers in the league and we knew that coming in. We knew we were going to have to do some spectacular stuff to get a goal past her.”
Outside of the first five minutes, a potent Meridian attack failed to muster many strong chances, falling victim to some injuries to the midfield that forced a much more direct attack rather than passing combinations to get up the field.
“I think for the most part, we fought hard,” Trojans coach Terri Tigert said. “There were a couple moments there where we made things happen but we couldn’t get it in the back of the net.”
Reach Joshua Hart at 360-715-2238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sehome 2, Meridian 0
Goal: Bryce Sherif (Sehome), time 20; Goal: Fiona Dawson (Sehome), assist: Hannah Moore, time 57; Goalies (saves) — Sehome: Nicole Carlson (7); Meridian: Sydney Gospodinovich (6). Shots on goal — Sehome 8, Meridian 7.