A long road trip, a tough opponent, hot weather.
The Camas boys soccer team had a lot going against it in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Fortunately for the Papermakers, luck was on their side in a 3-2 win over Moses Lake on Tuesday.
In the 55th minute, Sam Pizot scored the winning goal when his crossing pass went through a crowd and into the goal.
“This was harder than it needed to be,” Camas coach Roland Minder said. “They had the willpower. This would have been the last hurrah for the seniors. I’m proud of the effort they put forth.”
Camas will host a state quarterfinal game Saturday against Cascade of Everett or Ferris of Spokane, which play Wednesday.
With temperatures in the 80s, Camas got off to a hot start when Cameron Eyman scored in the fifth minute.
Moses Lake scored in the 12th minute, but Camas retook the lead less than a minute later on Eyman’s second goal.
Moses Lake knotted the score in the 29th minute.
CAMAS 3, MOSES LAKE 2
Goals (assists) — Cameron Eyman (Sam Pizot), Eyman (Nate Beasley), Pizot.
Goalkeeper saves — Sharif Batroukh 3