Benedikt Thurnher’s blast sailed right over the crossbar as regulation expired, keeping the match scoreless as it headed into overtime.
Capital boys soccer coach Kyle Jones was hoping that the shot would sneak through. That it would be the one to finally find the back of the net for the Cougars.
Staying true to this year’s theme, Capital’s defense was yet again stellar, while its offense struggled as visiting Mark Morris knocked off the Cougars, 1-0 (4-2 shootout), in the opening round of the 2A District IV tournament Saturday at Ingersoll Stadium.
“I was hoping that was the one that did it,” Jones said about Thurnher’s late shot on goal. “We’ve had a lot of those this year that look like they’re headed in, but don’t. I thought we were due for one to get in there.”
After two scoreless overtimes, Mark Morris, the No. 3 seed out of the Greater Saint Helens League, went a perfect 4-for-4 on penalty kicks to seal the victory.
Max Westervelt, Riley Aloe, Weston Robinson and Max Hardy all connected on penalty kicks for the Monarchs (7-7-1).
The Cougars, the 2A Evergreen Conference’s No. 2 seed, were successful in their first two penalty kicks – getting goals from Daniel Pailthorp and Alan Ryan – but failed on their next two attempts.
Ethan Myers’ shot went high, while Mark Morris goalkeeper Tristan Simons stopped Aidan Klemmer’s shot, setting the Monarchs up for the victory.
“We haven’t had too much success with penalty kicks this season,” Jones said. “We’re still a young team. Playing in a game like this is great experience for us. Plus we aren’t done yet.”
Capital, which starts only two seniors, will play EvCo rival River Ridge, which lost 2-0 to GSHL champion Ridgefield in the opening round, on Tuesday.
“River Ridge is playing with a lot of momentum right now,” said Jones, whose squad split the regular season with the Hawks. “My guys will be up for it.”
Capital’s Nick Boatright came up with the defensive play of the match, zooming in from nowhere after a Mark Morris shot zipped passed Cougars goalie Van Soderberg.
Boatright knocked the shot down with his chest then ended the threat by clearing the ball out from in front of the goal, preserving the scoreless tie in the first half.
Soderberg stopped seven Mark Morris shots.
Capital (8-7-1) had a handful of scoring chances in the first half, the most dangerous coming off Klemmer’s foot in the 21st minute when his shot on an open net drifted wide right.
2A DISTRICT IV BOYS SOCCER
Hockinson 5, Centralia 1: Hawks goalkeeper Josh Carlson had six saves in his first varsity start in goal, and Mitchell Pinney tallied three goals for the 2A GSHL champions. The loss sends the Tigers to a loser-out game Tuesday against W.F. West.
Ridgefield 2, River Ridge 0: The Spudders’ shutout sends the Hawks to the consolation round of the 2A District IV tournament where River Ridge will face Capital on Tuesday.
1A DISTRICT IV BOYS SOCCER
Woodland 2, Elma 1: The Beavers won their third game in three days to advance in the 1A district tournament and end the Eagles’ season.
Olympia dominates doubles:It was an all-Olympia doubles team final at the final day of the 4A Narrows League tournament at the Capital City Tennis and Athletic Center. The Bears’ No. 1 singles team of Alli Bautista and Gemma Robinson topped teammates and No. 2 doubles team of Rachel Kelson and Catty Zhang, 7-5, 6-4. The top four singles players and top four doubles teams advance to the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament beginning May 17.
In singles, Olympia’s Mina Craig took third place, topping Gig Harbor’s Madeline Otto in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Results from the 3A Narrows League tournament were not available atpress time.Staff writer Meg Wochnick contributed to this report