NEWPORT – Newport edged Okanogan, 3-2, in two overtimes Saturday and advanced to the first round of the state 1A tournament.
“The girls played really hard,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “We played good all the way through. Cameron Moses made some great saves in the back throughout the game.
“We did a good job keeping them from getting shots on goal. I was really, really pleased with the way the girls played.”
State play started earlier this week. The quarterfinals are Nov. 16.
Okanogan tied the game with Newport at 1-1 when Aidan O’Connor sent a corner kick to in front of the Newport goal.
“The ball squirted out a little bit and Jill Townsend gave it a good boot in,” Okanogan assistant coach Steve Streeter said.
Okanogan went ahead 2-1 starting with a flip throw by Janice Romero. The ball bounced into the arm of a Newport player in front of the goal, creating a penalty kick inside the box.
“One of their players tried to block it,” Klepec said of the handball call inside the box. “If the ball had not hit the arm it would have gone into the goal. The throw was right into the front of the goal.”
Brooklyn Bauer, one of two seniors on the team, made the penalty kick to tie the match at 2-2, where it stayed into the second of two five-minute overtimes.
In overtime, both teams had scoring opportunities as each team pressed on offense.
Megan Patrick chased down a long kick and took a shot that just went wide left of the goal.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, is this going to happen?’” Streeter said.
Newport barely made the winning goal.
“They had the ball outside and kicked it inside,” Klepec said. “One of their girls got a foot on it. It was a perfect shot. Cameron just missed it. I was surprised she got as close as she did. It was right in the corner, just outside of her finger tips when she dived for it.”
“It split some players, went to the far right post,” Streeter said. “Cameron Moses came out and just missed the ball. That was the end of the season.
“This was probably one of their best-played games. They were very physical, making great runs, putting on great pressure. They have to feel good about the season they had, but especially that game.”
Bauer and Samantha Michaud are seniors.
The coaches agreed Okanogan should be strong next year with a strong core of returning players.
“Those two are great kids,” Klepec said. “Not only soccer players, but great kids in general. It was fun coaching them the past three or four years. They come with a great attitude and work hard. They definitely will be missed next year.”
Klepec said the returning players may be a small group, but they all made huge improvement this year.
“To me, things are looking good for next year with this group of girls,” Klepec said.
BRIDGEPORT – The Bridgeport High School soccer team used a solid second half to power past Oroville, 6-0, on Saturday to reach the District 6 championship.
The Fillies (15-1) play Liberty Bell (10-7) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Bridgeport High School, 1400 Tacoma Ave.
The winner advances as the District 6 No. 1 seed to the four-team state tournament Nov. 22-23 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Against Oroville, Paula Soto scored on an assist by Karina Perea and Jennifer Salazar had an unassisted goal to make it 2-0 at the half.
“The Fillies came on stronger in the second half scoring four more goals,” coach Gabe Salazar said.
Denisse Hernandez started the second half with a goal.
Ayana Herrejon followed before Salazar scored the final two goals.
LIBERTY BELL – Liberty Bell reached the District 6 championship game by blanking Entiat, 5-0, in a semifinal match Saturday.
Scoring was not received.
Liberty Bell travels to Bridgeport for the district championship at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
The winner advances to the four-team state tournament Nov. 22-23 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
CASHMERE – Cashmere overpowered Brewster, 9-0, in a loser-out, winner to state match Saturday.
Connell was to play at Cashmere on Tuesday.
The winner advances to the state quarterfinals Nov. 16.
In another bi-district, state play-in game, Cascade beat Freeman, 3-0, on Nov. 9.
Cascade was to play at Naches Valley in the first round of state earlier this week.
LAKESIDE – Lakeside eliminated Tonasket, 7-0, in a loser-out, winner to state match Saturday.
Lakeside was to host University Prep earlier this week in the first round of state.