Union scored once in each half for a 2-0 girls soccer win over Camas on Thursday that gives the Titans the top spot in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League.
Haley Wheelon scored in the first half and Naomi McDonald scored in the second half as Union caught Camas in the standings on the final day of league play. The Titans and Papermakers each had eight wins, one tie and one loss in league play.
Their tie was the first meeting between the teams, so by virtue of Thursday’s head-to-head win, Union gets the top seed into the district playoffs and a bye into the district finals next week.
Both teams are guaranteed a spot in the bi-district playoffs.
Thursday’s result at McKenzie Stadium means Union will play for the District 4 championship next Wednesday.
The district tournament starts on Saturday with Evergreen playing Skyview in a loser-out match. That winner will then visit Camas on Monday. Monday’s winner will play Union on Wednesday for the district title.
Union coach Kelsey Burris described Thursday’s tussle as a typical hard-fought rivalry match with the Papermakers.
“I’m really proud of the way our girls played with a togetherness and a competitive spirit tonight,” Burris said.
Wheelon’s first-half goal was set up by a cross from Bobbi Eckler. The second Union goal came midway through the second half. After Camas goalkeeper Lauren Rood made a nice stop on a Delaney Lindahl shot, McDonald was able to convert the rebound.
Camas coach Roland Minder said Union did a good job of pressuring the ball all over the field, making it difficult for the Papermakers to find a rhythm.
“They just played as a team and we didn’t,” Minder said.
Evergreen will face Skyview Saturday to open the district playoffs in a loser-out match. The winner plays at Camas on Monday, with Monday’s winner facing Union for seeding to the bi-district. The top three teams advance.
La Center 2, King’s Way 0 — La Center claimed its first league title since 2008, wrapping up the 1A Trico League with the win over King’s Way Christian.
Brynne Dykes scored both goals in the second half for the Wildcats (15-1). Kianna Arends assisted on the first goal, McKenzie Link on the second.
Next for La Center is a district playoff match at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kalama against Evergreen No. 1.
Union 3, Skyview 1 — Union locked up the No. 2 seed to the district playoffs with a 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23 win over Skyview. Skyview will host Battle Ground in a loser-out match Monday. The winner of that match will face Union on Tuesday. Tuesday’s winner will face Camas in the district final.
Hockinson 3, Washougal 0 — The Hawks kept their postseason hopes alive with the win. Hockinson will meet R.A. Long on Tuesday in Longview for the final berth to the district tournament.
Mountain View will be sending two doubles teams to state in May.
Trevor Jones and Colton Reed won their quarterfinal match 6-2, 6-1 at the 3A West-Central regional in Tacoma to qualify for state.
Tyler Sparling and Marcus Kwon also won their quarterfinal 6-0, 6-3 to reach state.
The regional tournament continues today.