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Prep highlights: Tumwater prevails against Ridgefield in 2A girls soccer clash

By Will Denner, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 16, 2023, 7:45pm
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Tumwater’s Kayla Pope, left, and Ridgefield’s Ellie Wilson lift their cleats while going for a loose ball during a non-league soccer match on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at Ridgefield High School.
Tumwater’s Kayla Pope, left, and Ridgefield’s Ellie Wilson lift their cleats while going for a loose ball during a non-league soccer match on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at Ridgefield High School. (Will Denner/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A first-half penalty kick converted by Tumwater’s Kayla Pope was the difference for a 1-0 win against Ridgefield on Saturday in a showdown of top-10 Class 2A girls soccer teams.

The play occurred around the 28-minute mark after Tumwater’s Emalyn Shaffer and Ridgefield keeper Gabriela Semlick collided on a loose ball inside the box, resulting in a foul called against Ridgefield.

Tumwater (5-0), which came into Saturday averaging six goals per game, was otherwise held in check by a strong Ridgefield back line plus keepers Semlick and Tyler Merlock, each of whom collected two saves.

Ridgefield’s best scoring chance came in the 68th minute when Ellie Wilson dribbled around Tumwater goalkeeper Cheyenne Terry and took a shot on an open net. Tumwater defender Ali Woods stepped in front of the shot and headed it out of harms way. Officials stopped play briefly to discuss if the ball crossed the goal line, but ultimately determined the shot wasn’t a goal.

Ridgefield (3-1) had four corner kicks inside the final five minutes plus stoppage time, but was unable to put through the tying goal.

Stars of the day

  • Ella Tyger, Union girls soccer, scored one goal and assisted a goal scored by Maddie Cooke in the Titans’ 3-1 road win at Glacier Peak.
  • Joe Callerame, Seton Catholic football, scored five touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing) as the Cougars rallied from a halftime deficit to take down Life Christian Academy 53-34.
  • Samia Rudd, Stevenson volleyball, posted a team-high nine kills plus six digs in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 sweep (25-12, 26-24, 25-12) over Elma.
  • Riley Hodson, Camas girls soccer, made six saves in goal as the Papermakers suffered a 2-0 defeat at Eastlake.
  • Bella Stokes, Battle Ground swimming, was the top-scoring swimmer at the Sprint Pentathlon in Mark Morris, winning the  25-yard breaststroke and runner-up finishes in the 25 backstroke and 25 butterfly.
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