The Capital Cougars will not be playing on this season, though they had to play on long after regulation Thursday night.
Auburn Riverside junior defender Hannah Schatz scored the tying goal for in the 75th minute of regulation play. After the teams played through two five-minute extra periods without scoring, the tiebreaker was “kicks from the mark.”
The Cougars found the net on only two of their penalty kicks, while the Ravens knocked in four to earn a 2-1 victory at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Auburn Riverside (13-6) advances to a 2 p.m. Saturday game against Wilson at Burien’s Highline Stadium, with the winner advancing to the state tournament beginning Monday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Capital finished its season with an 11-2-2 record. Through the disappointment, coach Adriana Montes found reason to look ahead.
“Like I was telling the girls, we have to take this energy to next season,” she said, “and feel that energy when it comes to these district games.”
The teams battled through a scoreless first half notable for how busy the Ravens kept Capital goalkeeper Rachel Cumberland. Cumberland, a senior, had four solid saves in the half, the most crucial when she stoned a breakaway attempt from point-blank range by Auburn Riverside’s Natalie Lake in the 23rd minute.
In the second half, it was the Cougars applying the heat early. Sophomore Sydney Wilson popped in the first goal in the 53rd minute when teammate Chloe Lamenzo’s try, after a nifty move left of the goal, ricocheted off the top post.
Capital had two serious chances to take a two-goal lead, but tries by Addison Peters in the 65th minute and Rachel Wofford in the 68th were repelled by Auburn keeper Katelyn Brown.
The persistent Ravens stepped up their attack as the regulation clock ticked away, and broke through with the equalizer when Schatz got behind the Cougars defense and punched it past Cumberland.
Montes had nothing but praise for her goalkeeper.
“Rachel has tremendous heart,” the coach said. “It’s going to be sad to see her go. She picked up the spirit of the team.”
Cumberland, for her part, will look back on this season with no regret.
“I’m so thankful for the time I’ve had with this team,” she said. “They’re the most amazing group of women I’ve known.”
After the shootout assured the Ravens the victory, the entire Cougars team ran to Cumberland and hugged and comforted their teammate.
“That shows you the character they have,” Cumberland said. “If you fall down, they pick you up.”
CLASS 3A DISTRICTS
Columbia River 5, North Thurston 0: Ellie Walker had a hat trick for the co-Greater St. Helens League co-champions, and the Chieftains blanked the Rams (10-5-2) at Lincoln Bowl.
Sophia Skimas tallied the game-winner for Columbia River in the 10th minute.
Walker added her three goals in the final 41 minutes. She also added an assist.
CLASS 2A DISTRICTS
Black Hills 2, Washougal 1 (OT): The 2A Evergreen Conference champions needed a 3-1 shootout victory to keep their state playoff hopes alive at Tumwater Stadium.
The Wolves (13-6) will take on Woodland on Saturday for the No. 3 seed to the state playoffs. The loser is eliminated.
Goalkeeper Jordan Westby had a big shootout by stopping two of the first three penalty-kick attempts.
Sidney Lowe, Jaylen Corbin and Delaney Trotter all tallied shootout goals for the Wolves.
Trotter tied it at 1 in regulation on a put-back after a corner kick in the 60th minute.
Chloe Brimhall had given Washougal (12-6-1) a 1-0 lead a minute earlier.
Woodland 3, Tumwater 2: Mabel Warndahl’s put-back in traffic in stoppage time was the winner, and the Beavers eliminated the Thunderbirds at Tumwater Stadium.
Warndahl’s second goal in the 78th minute came off a miss from Kristianna Troyer.
Tumwater (10-8-2) erased a 2-0 second-half deficit on two goals by Bella Foos — the last coming in the 63rd minute.