OLYMPIA - Playing back-to-back games can have a bad affect on a team.
And the Olympia Bears found out the hard way Wednesday night against Stadium, going up against the top girls soccer team in the Narrows League one night after the Bears had a 4-2 victory at North Kitsap.
Tiredness and an unlucky break dropped Olympia into a second-place tie with Bellarmine Prep in the Narrows League as the Tigers beat Olympia 2-0 at Ingersoll Stadium.
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"The girls came out ready to play and knew what was on the line," Bears coach Tessa Effland said. "It was just a slow start. There was no flow on the field."
With Stadium ahead 1-0 at halftime, Effland said she wasn't too concerned with the Tigers' first-half goal. But a lack of communication by the Bears led to an own-goal on a corner kick at the 53-minute mark.
With the loss, Olympia dropped to 6-2, while Stadium improved its first-place record to 5-1-2.
"It's a frustrating loss for me as a coach because I know how badly the players wanted to win," Effland said. "They did all they could. They just played tired. "It's our job as a coaching staff to find some continuity."
CAPITAL 1, LAKES 0
On Tuesday, Jena Russell scored Capital's lone goal and the Cougars shut out a league opponent for the seventh time in eight Western Cascade Conference games.
With the win, Capital remained in first place, improving to 9-2-1 overall and 7-1 in the league.
"It was a big game, a big win," Capital coach Devin Proctor said. "They were 5-2. We would have dropped into tie for second or third."
Russell scored on an assist from Marley LeMay, scoring from 20 yards out.
"She got away from their defenseand blasted it," Proctor said. "She has a lot of ability."
Capital goalkeeper Libby Stone blocked a shot from 18 yards out.
"It was a huge save," Proctor said. "She has the ability to come up with the big saves."
TENINO 2, FORKS 1 (OT)
On Tuesday, with the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, Tenino won the shootout 3-0 to pull out the win.
Playing in strong gusty winds, Barbara Arechiga scored three minutes into the game to give Tenino a 1-0 lead. Forks tied the score three minutes into the second half.
The goal was blown over during the game.
"It was a typhoon," Tenino coach Kurt Brown. "I'm glad we won. It was a big win."
Tenino improved to 3-8 overall and 3-5 in the league.
Black Hills 3, Elma 0
It was deja vu for the Black Hills against Elma, as the Wolves beat down a mistake-riddled Eagles team.
"Elma struggled with our serving," Black Hills coach Kara Peterson said. "We served really, really well in the first game. Things were just happening for us."
Elma recorded only five points in Game 1 - all coming from Black Hills mistakes.
"We were working twice as hard and they were doing nothing," Peterson said. "We can't continue to give them points on errors."
With the win, the Wolves improve to 9-1 in Evergreen Conference play.
River Ridge 3, Hoquiam 2
After winning the first two games, the Hoquiam Grizzlies came back to force a Game 5, but Rosie Gilbert's six kills and 14 digs helped the Hawks pull out the match win.
Sophie Russell added five kills and two blocks, while teammate Lindy Baxter had six kills and three blocks.
Tornados sweep three-way
Yelm's Ashley Taylor and Zach Smith won their respective races at the North Thurston three-way meet as both the boys and girls team swept the meet.
Taylor's time of 16:34 was almost a minute faster than the second-place finisher (Rachel Estep, Timberline). Smith beat out E.J. Hardeback of Timberline by 17 seconds.
River Ridge girls beat Elma
The River Ridge girls improved to 7-1 in the Evergreen Conference, thanks to a first, second, third and fourth-place finishes by the Hawks.
River Ridge senior Brianna Schmid won the girls race in 13 minutes, 38 seconds, followed by Jessica Tarvin (13:59), Katie Schmitz (14:02) and Brandie Nordstrom (14:32).
"We have a chance to win a league championship next week," River Ridge coach Phil Lonborg said. "We're one meet behind Chehalis. Brianna Schmid ran a great race."
The boys team was led by Rodney Smith, who placed second in 11:14. Lonborg said he was pleased with Smith's finish, given the Elma runner infront and behind him qualified for state last year.
"He had a 30-second PR," Lonborg said. "All 22 runners PR'd."
T-Birds have good showing
Tumwater's Christina Alexander got out to a good-sized lead on Chehalis' Caroline Austin, but Austin's big kick with 300 meters to go helped her to a 3-second win over Alexander.
"She (Austin) had a huge sprint to out-kick her," Tumwater coach Rich Brown said.
On the boys side, the winner for Tumwater was Nate Duray, who led from start to finish in the race. His winning time was 16:18.