Bryce Joling’s goal in the 56th minute sent Capital into the Class 3A state boys soccer tournament for the second time in three seasons after the Cougars posted a 1-0 victory over Kennedy on Saturday in the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district winner-to-state, loser-out contest at Highline Memorial Stadium in Burien.
The Cougars (10-2-5) will host a first-round game Wednesday against Mount Vernon, the No. 2 seed from District 1, but it won’t take place at Ingersoll Stadium because of the ongoing grandstand repairs. There’s a tentative plan to have the game at Tumwater District Stadium as part of a Wednesday night doubleheader, Capital coach Kyle Jones said.
Tumwater (16-0-2) will host a 2A state playoff game against Port Angeles the same day. The times for the two games have not been announced.
Joling received a long pass from Matteo Nertempi, then had a one-on-one break and slipped the shot underneath the Lancers’ goalkeeper.
“The kids did such a good job of keeping possession,” Jones said.
Jones, in his first year coaching Capital, said when the Cougars learned last week of their opponent for Saturday’s district game, “You could see the mood shift in practice and they got focused and ready to go.”
Last year, Capital and Kennedy met in the bi-district tournament, with Kennedy scoring four unanswered goals to win, 4-3.
Jones also said his players are playing their best soccer of the season as they head into the state playoffs.
“I love watching them play right now,” Jones said. “When they’re on their games, getting outside, they’re able to shift formation and they’re patient with the ball.”
Centralia 13, Tumwater 0 (5 innings): Tigers junior Brandon Conradi threw a five-inning no-hitter, ousting the Thunderbirds (7-16) from the 2A District IV tournament.
Centralia went on to lose to Aberdeen, 9-8, in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.
Conradi, a left-hander, struck out two Thunderbirds and had a 1-2-3 fifth inning to close out the win.
The Thunderbirds’ three baserunners came on a hit batter, a walk to Luke Hare and a Centralia error, but Tumwater was unable to get any of the runners into scoring position.
The Tigers scored their 13 runs on 11 hits, sparked by Mason Musselman (2-for-2, four RBI), Andrew Pullin (2-for-3, two RBI), Jaeger Evinger (2-for-4, two RBI) and Ty Housden (2-for-4). The Tigers scored seven of their runs in the fourth inning.
2A EvCo subdistrict: Black Hills senior Julie Hansen captured her third consecutive sub-district singles title on the final day of the 2A Evergreen Conference subdistrict tournament at the Mint Valley Racquet Club in Longview.
Hansen, who was seeded second, pulled off the 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 upset of top-seeded Anna Scheibmeir of Centralia in the championship match, handing Scheibmeir her first loss this season.
Hansen also won sub-district singles titles in 2010 and 2011. Scheibmeir defeated Hansen, 6-4, 6-4, in both regular-season meetings.
North Thurston’s Sidney Smith topped Tumwater’s Olivia Koelsch, 6-1, 6-3, in the third/fourth-place match.
Tumwater claimed the team title, sending a pair of singles players and doubles teams to next week’s 2A District IV tournament.
Centralia was right behind, sending two singles players, Scheibmeir and Dominika Fackovcova, who finished fifth, and its No. 1 doubles team of Megan Kern and McKailey Fast, who finished third, to district.
The top five singles players and doubles teams advance to the 2A District IV girls tennis tournament, which begins Friday at Mint Valley.
Tumwater’s No. 1 doubles team of McKenzie Click and Emily Barclift lost to W.F. West’s top doubles duo of Reile Slattery and Aleassa Wren, 6-4, 7-5, to finish second.
One of the big surprises came from Tumwater’s No. 3 doubles team of Madelyn and Jocelyn Hougan, who upset the No. 1 teams from Aberdeen and Black Hills. The Hougan sisters finished fourth, losing to Centralia’s top team of Kern and Fast, in the third-place match.
“(Competition) in doubles and singles this year are both really tough,” Tumwater coach Jim Click said. “There are some good teams.”