The Evergreen Conference girls soccer title is now Black Hills’ to lose.
Whitney Lowe broke a scoreless tie midway through the first half, then assisted on Arin Seidlitz’s goal minutes later to help power the Wolves to their sixth consecutive victory by knocking off visiting Capital, 2-1, Tuesday at Tumwater District Stadium.
The victory improved Black Hills to 10-2 overall and an EvCo-leading 8-1.
“We still have a tough schedule remaining. We have to play at Chehalis, then close out the regular season against Tumwater and River Ridge,” Black Hills coach Allen Anderson said. “That’s a tough road, but I am very pleased with how we played tonight. This win does put us in a great spot.”
The Wolves’ last loss came Sept. 22 against Capital, which fell to 8-3 and 6-2.
Lowe got Black Hills on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute, sneaking behind the defense before kicking it in after sliding to beat Capital goalkeeper Andrea McIntyre to the loose ball.
“I thought (McIntyre) was going to get there first,” Lowe said. “I had to slide to even have a chance at getting to the ball. I got some turf burn because of that, but it was worth it.”
Less than four minutes later, Lowe was once again directing the Wolves’ offense, driving through traffic and finding Seidlitz, whose goal from the left side increased the lead to 2-0.
McKenzie Phillips, assisted by Logan Cox, cut the deficit in half for the Cougars with a goal in the 31st minute.
Black Hills appeared to re-establish a two-goal lead early in the second half, but Joslin Lindsay’s goal off an assist from Seidlitz was disallowed due to an offsides.
Capital took just two corner kicks, the last coming with less than five minutes remaining in the contest, but the Cougars were unable to find the equalizer when Lena Moreno’s corner kick was quickly booted away by Black Hills.
“Our ball movement was quick tonight, and that was key. You need that if you are going to beat a team like Capital,” Anderson said.
Capital won the first meeting against Black Hills last month, needing penalty kicks to put away the Wolves after the match was knotted at 2 following regulation.
Neither team scored in the overtime session before the Cougars sealed the win by posting a 5-3 advantage on penalty kicks.
Black Hills hasn’t lost since and is now on pace to successfully defend its conference championship.
Both squads continue EvCo play, with Capital traveling to Centralia on Thursday to face the Tigers. The Cougars knocked off Centralia, 4-0, on Sept. 18, receiving two goals from Cox.
Black Hills plays W.F. West in Chehalis on Tuesday in a rematch of a Sept. 20 match that saw the Wolves blank the Bearcats, 3-0, with Alli Thompson, Jessi Fancher and Jaime Applegarth each finding the back of the net.