A tough first-round draw may have ended the season of the Columbia River girls soccer team on Wednesday, but coach Colleen McKinney could not be more proud of her Chieftains.
Liberty of Issaquah converted a second-half goal to beat River 2-1 in a Class 3A state tournament first-round match in Issaquah.
River’s defensive backline consisting of sophomores Sarah Case, Ana Delgadillo, and Lindsay Hurley and freshman Emily Heaton held Liberty’s potent frontline in check.
“I really wish more people could have seen the game to see how well our backline played,” McKinney said. “Liberty has been wiping out team all season. They have a tremendous, and I’m very proud of my girls. If we had been placed in a different bracket, the outcome might have been different tonight.”
Easton Kawawaki scored an unassisted goal early in the second half to tie the game 1-1. McKinney said River kept the pressure on Liberty before the Lions broke through with the final goal.
Senior Samantha Schoene, who has battled back from a couple of knee surgeries in the past two years, recorded 12 saves for River (13-5-1).
University Prep 6, La Center 0 — University Prep was too strong for La Center in the opening round of the Class 1A state girls soccer tournament.
“We had a great season. We just ran into a buzzsaw again,” La Center coach Herm VanWeerdhuizen said. “They outplayed us, but we didn’t quit. We played hard. I was proud of the girls.”
VanWeerdhuizen said the team also enjoyed this final road trip to complete the season.
La Center goalkeeper Lacey Dykgraaf had 12 saves to lead the Wildcats defense.