BURIEN — In a sport where one player’s brilliance can make the difference, Mountain View had not one player, but two do the damage when North Thurston had trouble stopping forward Rylan Berriman and slipping anything past goalkeeper Christian Asivido.
Berriman scored in the first 40 seconds of Saturday’s 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district boys soccer winner-to-state game, and Asivido made spectacular saves on what chances the Rams had in the Thunder’s 4-0 win over North Thurston at Highline Memorial Stadium.
The win by Mountain View of Vancouver sends the Thunder to Wednesday’s 3A state tournament while North Thurston ends its season at 8-6-1, one win shy of its second state berth in three seasons.
Berriman finished with a hat trick, adding goals in the 32nd and 42nd minutes, and also had an assist on Tristen Payne’s goal from 5 yards out that wrapped up the scoring in the 50th minute.
North Thurston had its chances, the best being a penalty kick by Corey Bryan in the 70th minute that was blocked by Asivido. Bryan’s rebound shot was wide left.
The Rams had a free kick that was punched out by Asivido not long after the Thunder’s opening-minute goal.
“There were a couple more in front of the goal that maybe if we had put away, it would’ve been a different game,” Rams senior David Cregg said. “I feel like we dominated the first 15 to 20 minutes there, aside from that goal getting in.”
First-year North Thurston coach Matt Herrera said he
liked his team’s matchup against Mountain View, the second-place team from the 3A Greater St. Helens League, but one significant piece was missing for the Rams.
Senior Kenny Heo, the team’s leading scorer with 14 goals, did not suit up after receiving a red card during Tuesday’s regular-season finale loss to Mount Tahoma that led to North Thurston, Shelton and the Thunderbirds finishing in a three-way tie for second place (7-4-1) in 3A Narrows League play.
Not having Heo made a difference, Herrera said.
“With Kenny’s athleticism and skill set,” Herrera said, “that’s a big loss for us.”Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org theolympian.com/southsoundsports @megwochnick