Bulldog LeeAnn Rhoden finds the right spot to score off a Alyx Miller corner kick with a header halfway into the first half of play against Rochester in 1A soccer action in Centralia. The Lady Bulldogs worked their way through district play to see where and who they will play to start state playoffs.
Bulldog freshman Taylor Birdsall takes control of the ball as she moves forward to the Rochester net. Montesano had to play through Rochester for seeding into 1A state playoff positions. The Bulldogs dropped this game, 3-2, but still retained a fourth position to advance into state brackets.
CENTRALIA — The results of the game only determined who they would play next, as the Bulldogs were already guaranteed a spot as they head into state brackets in the 1A Soccer playoffs.
Montesano went to Centralia Nov. 1 to see who would be third and fourth between the Bulldogs and Warriors. The Lady Bulldogs struck first on a header from LeeAnn Rhoden off an Alyx Miller corner kick midway through the first half, but it would not be enough to place them in third as they fell to the Rochester Warriors, 3-2.
Not discouraged by the game, head coach Jeff Lenherr puts his focus on the next game against Kings High School, the number two seed from the combined Districts of 1/2/3.
“I am good with the outcome of the game,” Lenherr said. “It places us in a better position for state. We used this game to work on a few things.”
And work they did. Never giving up, the Lady Bulldogs went to the half tied 1-1.
With just over seven minutes left in the half, Warrior Sierra Seymour found herself in a similar position as Rohden earlier — header off a teammate’s free kick — and tied the game before the end of the half.
Coming out strong in the second half, Warrior Karlee Pearson found herself unattended in front of the Montesano goal and dropped it in to take the lead. Montesano was awarded a penalty kick just a few minutes later, setting Tianna Schurr one on one against Rochester goalkeeper Sam Ramirez. Schurr was able to get it past the Warrior keeper and the game again tied, 2-2.
With a full 20 minutes of play left in the game, the teams drove on each other looking for that final opportunity to put the game away. Montesano had one chance with a corner kick, but the Warriors were ready for the play and sent the Bulldogs back down the field. Montesano let their defense lapse enough for Rochester to find another opportunity at the 66th minute and from 20 yards out Rochester’s Camryn Althauser struck a winner into the Bulldog net.
The Warriors were able to keep Montesano from getting close again and ran out the clock to take the third seed.
The game against the Kings was scheduled for Nov. 7. Results were unavailable by deadline.