SUMNER -- It took 80 minutes of regulation, two 5-minute overtimes and a round of penalty kicks, but the Capital Cougars will play in their state championship game in boys soccer in school history after their 1-0 (3-2 penalty kicks) over Sedro-Woolley on Friday night in the Class 2A state semifinals at Sumner’s Sunset Chev Stadium.
The Cougars (21-3) will face Squalicum of Bellingham, a 5-0 winner over Toppenish in Friday’s other 2A semifinal, in the state championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday back at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Backup goalkeeper Van Soderberg, who entered the game in the final minute of the second overtime in place of Jakob Racimo (five saves), was in goal for the penalty kicks and made three straight saves on the Cubs’ final three shots from Obed Camacho, Nef Camacho and Kris Swanson.
After Sedro-Woolley goalkeeper Michael Moser made his second save with the penalty-kicks tied at 2-2, Daniel Pailthorp drilled his shot on the left side for the 3-2 advantage after Oni Mayer and Nigel El-Sokkary also made their penalty kicks for the Cougars.
Soderberg then saved Swanson’s shot as he dove to his right for the game-winner.
After an evenly-played regulation, where Sedro-Woolley (15-5-3) outshot Capital, 10-7 and a 9-4 advantage on corner kicks, neither team registered the golden goal in each of the two 5-minute overtime sessions.
Capital is guaranteed its best finish in school history. It's previous best finish in boys soccer was in 2010, where it placed fourth as a Class 3A program. The Cougars have now has stretched its postseason shutout streak to five games. It hasn’t allowed a goal (with the exception of the Cubs' two PKs) since a 3-2 overtime loss to Hockinson in the 2A District IV tournament on May 13.