SUMNER — The Sumner High School girls soccer team didn’t waste too much time Wednesday night before demonstrating to Black Hills why it is the defending Class 2A state champion.
The Spartans scored four goals in the first 15 minutes, smothered Black Hills defensively and cruised to their fourth consecutive 2A state quarterfinals appearance with a 6-0 victory at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Sumner’s Brooke Lancaster scored two of her three goals in that 15-minute barrage — finishing with her third hat trick of the season.
“They know when they control the game from the whistle that it’s going to be their game,” Sumner coach Robi Turley said. “Scoring four goals in 15 minutes was a huge statement.”
The statement? That the Spartans aren’t messing around.
Their first goal came just before the second minute when Katie
Huff corralled a pass in the middle of the field from Kelsie Coleman and sent it into the back of the net.
Six minutes later, Coleman had her second assist — this time finding Lancaster.
Julia Payne added a goal in the 10th minute, and Lancaster scored her second in the 15th. All of the goals were almost from the same spot — about 15 to 20 yards in front of the goal.
“We just weren’t able to defend the crosses,” Black Hills coach Allen Anderson said. “Sumner is so quick to the ball. They made some incredible shots. They are an incredible team. We don’t face anyone with their kind of quality.”
The Wolves (16-3-1) hadn’t allowed more than three goals in a game.
They came in with hopes of reaching the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history behind star forward Whitney Lowe, who led the Evergreen Conference with 31 goals to go with 18 assists.
But Sumner made sure not to give her much if any room to work.
“I think we have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder, wanting to defend that state title,” Turley said. “We knew Lowe was a great player, and we completely shut her down.”
Sumner (15-2-1) isn’t going 21-0 like it did last year, but the Spartans have outscored teams in their past five wins, 39-0. They have shut out 10 of their past 11 opponents.
The Spartans will play Lake Washington in the state quarterfinals.
“It’s a lot of pressure on our back being defending state champions,” said Lancaster, who has 12 goals this season. “But we’ve got through it so far, and we are trying to bring it to the top again, and we are competing as much as we can.
“We are on the road to the state championship again. I hope we can get there.”TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677 email@example.com @Cotterill44