High School Sports

Rams keep kicking, rally past Blazers in second half

LACEY - Finish.

It's a mentality that proved elusive for the North Thurston girls soccer team before Tuesday night's Western Cascade Conference match against district rival Timberline at South Sound Stadium.

North Thurston senior midfielder Chelsay Wright kicked in the rebound off a Beth Anne Feero shot in the 75th minute to give the Rams their first league win, 2-1.

"There was a bunch of girls crowding the goal," said Wright, adding that it was her first goal of the season. "It came toward me and I kind of ninja kicked it."

Timberline (1-3 league) led 1-0 at halftime after senior midfielder Maddy Glainyk scored in the 15th.

"It's not a good feeling to be down 1-0 at halftime, but our coach (Dennis Crisp) always is really good about giving us a pep talk," Wright said. "It seemed like our shots on goal went up in the second half."

The Rams (1-4) tied the match when several of their players converged on sophomore goalkeeper Marrika Benson, who just had saved a shot. North Thurston's Alex Baker was credited with the goal in the 46th.

After Wright's go-ahead goal, it was all about holding off the Blazers. North Thurston junior goalkeeper Kodi Wilson appeared to collide with another player - she had no recollection of the incident - with about 15 minutes left in the match.

She was able to remain after receiving assistance from the training staff and with about 12 minutes remaining she said, "I was cognizant and knew who wasn't marking up and let them know."

Wright said that was important because the Blazers held possession of the ball on the Rams' side of the field for most of the final few minutes, but couldn't score.

"It feels really good because we've been working hard and now it has paid off," she said.

Crisp said the match became even more important for his team after its 1-0 overtime loss Thursday against Lakes.

"It's a good psychological rebound from our last game," he said. "I'm proud of them."

He said the rivalry "brought out the best in us."

"This is the best we've played all season," he said. "We actually played two good halves of soccer."

Wright believes the win will serve as a confidence builder for the Rams, who have lost three matches by one goal this season. North Thurston plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Clover Park, while the Blazers host Yelm at 6 p.m. the same day.

"This is just the start," she said. "We're going to get going."

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