Chris Sutton just wants to keep playing high school soccer.
Olympia’s senior midfielder netted the game-winning goal in the final minute of overtime Thursday as the 10th-seeded Bears upset fifth-seeded Curtis, 2-1, in a 4A West Central District tournament elimination game.
“Since we have so many seniors, we don’t want this to be the end of our season,” Sutton said. “We want to keep going forward with this.”
Olympia (10-5-3) clinched its first state berth since 2008 with the win.
Similar to their 3-1 win over Kentwood in the first round, the Bears scored early. Ian Hesse slipped one by Curtis goalkeeper Mason Mahoney — who had nine saves for the Vikings — in the 20th minute.
Curtis had an opportunity to equalize in the 44th minute, but Josh Lee tapped a penalty kick right into the arms of Olympia goalkeeper Davin Johnson. Lee rallied to find the net in the 68th minute, heading in a goal off a chip from Archie Caldwell to tie it at 1.
From there, it was quiet until Sutton’s dagger.
In the 89th minute, Conner Desmond — who sealed the win for Olympia against Kentwood with a goal in stoppage time — made a run at the goal, and was fouled just outside of the penalty box.
“It was kind of in the heat of the moment,” Sutton said. “The last, final minute, we knew we had to get it at least on frame.”
On the free kick, Desmond, Sutton and Neil Boyal bounced around a few short passes to open up the Vikings defense before Sutton blasted the ball off his left foot into the top left-hand corner of the goal.
“It kind of seems to be our forte to find it early, hope to hang on for a long time, and finish it off with a bang,” Olympia coach Ty Johnson said.
The Bears will try to do the same once again Saturday as they play 4A Narrows champion Bellarmine (10-1-2) for second or sixth place at Mount Tahoma High School at 1 p.m. Bellarmine won both meetings between the two during league play.
Mount Rainier 2, Spanaway Lake 1: The No. 4 seed Rams (9-5-1) scored two goals in the final five minutes to knock off the Sentinels in a second-round elimination game.
Avery Bento tied it at 1 in the 75th minute, before Tino Lopez-Slish booted in the game winner a minute later. Mount Rainier plays No. 3 seed Puyallup for third or fourth place Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
3A West Central /Southwest bi-district
Sumner 3, North Thurston 1: It was a tale of halves for the Rams in their consolation game with the Spartans at Auburn Memorial Stadium. After North Thurston (5-11-1) found a way to even the game in the second half, Sumner’s two late goals eliminated the Rams from the playoffs.
“You know, I feel like that first goal was a goalkeeper’s mistake, but I feel we were lucky to go into the half 1-0,” North Thurston coach Matt Herrera said.
After Inigojorge Rodrigo walked in a goal in the fifth minute when North Thurston keeper Brian Porter couldn’t handle the loose ball, the Rams’ defense tightened up. Sumner had 12 chances on goal in the first half, with 10 of the Spartans’ shots being deflected by North Thurston’s defenders.
The second half was a different story as Sumner (11-5) only needed five chances to score before Drew Wehmer sealing the win in the 72 minute.
“You have to give a lot of credit to them (Sumner), as they’re a good team,” Herrera said. “I just told the boys that as long as you play with heart, it will play out the way it’s supposed to play out.”
Hazen 2, Capital 1: The Cougars, last year’s Class 2A state runners-up, held a 1-0 lead at halftime, but the Highlanders’ two second-half goals sealed Hazen’s win at Mount Tahoma Stadium, eliminating Capital (11-3-3) from the postseason in its first season back in Class 3A.
2A District IV
Washougal 2, Black Hills 1: Deivid Gonzalez’s goal in the 62nd minute proved to be the game winner to eliminate the Wolves (7-8-3) at Tumwater District Stadium.