The final athletic event in front of the old grandstands at Davis Field at Elma High School will go in the history books as a loss for the Eagles.
The Elma High School boys soccer team lost its first and only playoff game in the District 4 tournament, 3-2, to Seton Catholic of Vancouver on Tuesday evening.
The Eagles came out slow in the first half and found themselves down by two just 11 minutes into the game.
Seton struck first in the fourth minute on a rebound after a corner kick and then added the second goal of the game in the 11th minute when a short goal kick from Elma goalie Tyler Davis put him one-on-one with a Seton forward, who slipped the ball past Davis.
“We made mistakes,” coach Carson Seaberg said of how Seton scored all three goals. “You get to this point and you allow that kind of stuff to happen. (Seton) created other really good chances that were dangerous against us that we were able to keep out, but the ones that we created for them are a lot harder to take.”
Elma didn’t just roll over, but fought back. In the 21st minute, Elma’s Edgar Hermenegildo sunk a shot from 20 yards deep into the net. Elma junior Jake Bates would tie up the game in the 32nd minute when he headed in a cross from Steven Persell.
“It was exciting,” Seaberg said. “We climbed our way back.”
The game wouldn’t stay even long as a ball sent over the top of the Eagle defense found Seton’s Jimmy McGinley, who juked Davis to score the game-winner.
In the second half, the Cougars packed the middle with seven and eight defenders to limit the chances for Elma, but the Eagles still had several chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“It was a good season for us,” Seaberg said. “It was our highest place we have had in a long, long time. Disappointing because we had the quality to be better and we let some things slip away from us. Overall, I’m very proud of the guys. They competed hard and that showed.”