Sumner managed to get the ball in the net with less than 90 seconds left in a Class 2A state soccer match, handing Hockinson yet another first-round heartache.
It was the sixth consecutive year that Hockinson has lost a first-round match at state, and fifth 1-0 decision.
“We had some opportunities. We just couldn’t get any finishes,” Hockinson coach Vic Oenning said.
Hockinson senior Laura Morgan had 19 saves.
“We played a really good team. They put a lot of offensive pressure on us the last 20 minutes,” Oenning said. “Our defense played a good game. Our keeper played a really great game. She kept us in it.”
Megan Fenton scored the game’s lone goal on an assist from Kaylie Rozell. Sumner will face Archbishop Murphy next.
The result bodes well for Sumner. Four of the previous five teams to beat Hockinson in the opening round have gone on to play in the state championship match. Three won the state championship.
“They’re character builders,” Oenning said of losses like these. “Hopefully, it’s motivation for the offseason. I’m proud of the season. To get this far is still an accomplishment. It’s a heart-breaker to lose. I feel bad for my seniors.”
Caity Kuntz, Jenna Haagen, Emily Gunderson, and Morgan will graduate from school and leave the program after helping the Hawks to their sixth consecutive league title.
More state playoffs Wednesday — Three other Clark County teams will try to advance to the state quarterfinals when they play state playoff games today.
In Class 3A, Columbia River will play at Liberty of Issaquah at 6 p.m. Wednesday. In Class 2A, Ridgefield will host Lynden Christian at 6 p.m., and La Center will play at University Prep of Seattle at 5 p.m. at Sammamish High School.