Soccer: Hockinson battles all the way back to reach state

Team leaders shake off injuries to lift Hawks to 4-2 win



The Hockinson girls soccer team survived on Saturday. There’s no other way to put it.

Aurora Bodenhammer converted two second-half goals to lead the Hawks to a 4-2 win over Black Hills of Tumwater at District Stadium in Battle Ground. The victory gave Hockinson the No. 3 seed to the Class 2A state tournament from District 4.

Hockinson, the Class 2A Greater St. Helens League champion, had to battle through three loser-out games last week to reach state after losing to Tumwater in the opening round of the 2A district tournament.

“I’m like sitting on a cloud right now,” Hockinson coach Zach Goldfinch said. “I’m so proud of how the girls battle back from adversity to win four games in seven days with three of our really good players battling back from injuries.”

Kavita Battan and Bodenhamer both suffered ankle injuries earlier in the district tournament, and Rylee Seekins had a sore hamstring. Yet all three contributed to the Hawks’ win on Saturday.

Battan scored the Hawks’ first goal as they built a 2-0 halftime lead. But Black Hills rallied to tie the score.

“Then we just regroup and made some adjustments,” Goldfinch said. “I called everyone out to bring up their energy level.”

Bodenhamer responded with a goal on an assist from Sydney Cole-Vogler to reclaim the lead. Bodenhamer added another goal off a Seekins’ assist to seal the victory.

“Aurora really stepped up and punched in two big goals,” Goldfinch said. “She’s really taken on a leadership role on our team. She’s like having a second coach on the field. He’s played a lot of matches at a high level of play and brings that experience to our team.”

Hockinson will travel to face Lindbergh to open the 2A state tournament on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Union 2, Rogers 1 (OT) — Alex Sanders scored on breakaway 30 seconds into overtime as the Titans advanced to the 4A state tournament with the win over Rogers at McKenzie Stadium.

Rogers had scored first, about halfway through the second half.

Then with about six minutes to play, Naomi McDonald scored the equalizer for Union.

The Titans will next face defending state champion Skyline on 6:30 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium.

Camas 2, Federal Way 1 — Teylen Sheesley and Mika Norrish scored goals for the Papermakers as they returned to the 4A state tournament.

Camas will travel to play Moses Lakes at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a first-round match. If the Papermakers win that match, they will return home for a quarterfinal match on Saturday.

Camas rallied from a 1-0 defict at halftime to win.

“In the second half, we actually played like we wanted to win the game,” Camas coach Roland Minder said. “We played with a lot of fire and a lot of heart. We got into people’s backs and put pressure on the other by playing a lot in front of their goal until they broke.”

Columbia River 4, Hazen 0 — Charlene Burger had a part in all four of the Chieftains’ goals as River advanced to the 3A state playoffs with a bi-district win at Kiggins Bowl.

Burger had two goals and assisted on goals by Madison Reynolds and Ana Delgadillo.

River will host a state playoff game on Tuesday or Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.

Tahoma 4, Evergreen 0 — Evergreen’s season came to an end against highly ranked Tahoma.

“They are tall, fast and aggressive and just had technical skills in all positions,” Evergreen coach Mark Feeney said. “But there wasn’t a second of letdown for us. … The girls played hard.”

Tahoma scored the first goal in the 15th minute and went from there.

“We did all we could. They are just a very good team,” Feeney said.

Evergreen finished its season 9-6-2.

Peninsula 1, Mountain View 0 — The Thunder’s season ended with a bi-district loss.