Seton Catholic’s first venture in the Class 1A state soccer tournament ended quickly, but memories of a successful season will live on.
Lynden Christian scored two second-half goals to beat the Cougars 2-0 in a state first-round game Tuesday in Bellingham.
“We outshot them 9-5 in the first half,” Seton coach David McPherson said. “We made a mistake in a set piece on a corner kick, and they took advantage. From there we had to push forward, and they got another. But we had our chances. We were right there. The game could have gone either way if we had not made those mistakes.”
Seton Catholic finished the regular-season with a 13-1 record in the Trico League, sharing the league title with White Salmon. Then the Cougars won two district playoff games to advance to state.
“We’re losing five seniors off of this team, but I’m sure we’ll get five more freshman next year,” McPherson said. “This was a special little team that fought hard all year. We had to grind out and accomplished stuff that most people didn’t expect from us. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Behind Sesca Jouwsma’s runner-up finish, the Woodland girls golf team rolled to the team title in the Class 1A district tournament in Kelso.
The Beavers scored 85.5 points to easily outdistance second-place La Center (40).
Jouwsma shot a two-round total of 162 to finish behind Elma’s Lauryn Keating, who won the individual title at 152. Woodland’s Kaitlyn Troyer (fourth, 190), Faith Udy (fifth, 191) and Sarah Netland (ninth, 204) also qualified to next week’s state tournament. La Center’s Emma Yates (sixth, 195) also advanced.