Jessi Fancher’s placement was perfect, directly below the crossbar.
It didn’t matter who was in net. This shot was going in.
Fancher scored off a free kick in the 54th minute, helping Black Hills notch a key 3-0 Evergreen Conference girls soccer victory over previously undefeated W.F. West on Thursday at Tumwater District Stadium.
“We still have a long season to go, but its nice to get this win. That’s a fantastic team we played tonight,” said first-year Tumwater coach Allen Anderson, who is also a W.F. West grad. “It’s my first year here, but I understand the importance of this game, this rivalry.”
Black Hills also got goals from Alli Thompson and Jaime Applegarth.
Goalkeeper Ce Ce Noyen picked up the shutout, her third this season, to help the defending EvCo champion Wolves improve to 4-1-0.
The Bearcats, last season’s District IV champion, dropped to 5-1-0.
W.F. West had outscored opponents 26-3 through five games this season, relying on the dominant play of Meghan Ward, the reigning conference offensive MVP, who already has a pair of hat tricks this season.
The Bearcats, however, found scoring chances difficult against the Wolves.
Fancher’s goal from 20 yards out pushed the Wolves’ lead to 2-0 in the second half.
“It felt good when I kicked it,” said Fancher, a junior. “I was just hoping for the best.”
Thompson broke the scoreless tie on a penalty kick in the 37th minute.
W.F. West’s best offensive look came in the 26th minute, when Ward took a free kick 17 yards out, firing a blast toward the lower right corner, where Noyen secured it.
Applegarth increased the lead to 3-0 in the 64th minute, advancing the ball down the right side before powering it into the goal.