BURIEN — Although Capital took the early lead, the skillful Tyee side was too much to handle as the Cougars lost, 4-1, on Tuesday night in the first round of the Class 2A state soccer tournament at Highline Stadium.
It was the second consecutive year the Cougars suffered a first-round tournament defeat.
The dominant and more aggressive team at the beginning, Capital struck first in the 20th minute behind a great individual effort from junior Kellen O’Neill.
Off a free kick from Capital’s 40-yard line, sophomore Cody Loffler played a looping long ball into just outside the box. O’Neill, on the receiving end, took possession, turned and took the scoring shot from 20 yards out.
Tyee managed to tie game in the 39th minute with a goal from sophomore Osvaldo Lopez, who redirected a long throw-in just inside the far post. Freshman keeper Van Soderberg, hugging the near post, had no chance.
Savvy Tyee’s strong team play in the second half was too much for the Cougars to handle.
The game-winning goal for the Totems came in the 52nd minute when senior forward Hamidou Kante drew a penalty kick after he was fouled by Soderberg 10 yards away from the goal. Stepping up for the penalty kick was senior Liam Maginniss, who put it just under the reach of Soderberg.
Just a minute later, senior Eduardo Pelayo broke through the Capital backline, forcing Soderberg to come out. The ball trickled off the young keeper and left Kante with the wide open net finish, putting Tyee up, 3-1.
The final goal came in the 75th minute as Lopez put away a looping, upper corner finish for his second goal of the game.
Tyee, which earned its first tournament victory in its fourth try, will meet Franklin Pierce — a 1-0 winner Tuesday over Archbishop Murphy — in the 2A quarterfinal round.