Glacier Peak opens district play with win | Girls soccer

By David Pan | Nov 03, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Haley Grambo eyes the ball during a Wesco 4A game against Kamiak Thursday, Oct. 26, at Glacier Peak High School. Grambo scored one goal to help lead the Grizzlies to a 2-0 victory.

Glacier Peak carried the momentum from its final regular season victory over Kamiak into the first round of the Northwest District girls soccer playoffs.

Annika Lambott scored two goals to help lead the Grizzlies to a 4-1 victory over Mount Vernon in a loser-out game Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Glacier Peak High School.

Chase Sprink and Haley Grambo also scored goals for Glacier Peak (13-4).

The victory sends Glacier Peak into another loser-out game against Kamiak on Thursday, Nov. 2, after the Beacon’s deadline.

The two teams split their regular season series with the Knights winning 6-0 in the first meeting and the Grizzlies taking the rematch 2-0 on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Glacier Peak High School.

Grambo and Tori Bullard each scored a goal in the regular season finale.

“We moved the ball more than we ever had,” Grambo said after beating Kamiak. “We brought the intensity.”

Losing 6-0 earlier in the season provided some added motivation for the Grizzlies.

“It’s just a mental block,” Grambo said. “I think we overcame that tonight. We came ready to play.”

Bullard, who was making her first start of the season, gave Glacier Peak the lead with a shot from about 20 yards out.

“It was great to see a kid that has been working really hard get a goal like that,” Glacier Peak coach Melinda Torre said. “You give a kid an opportunity and they take advantage of it.”

Torre appreciated the Grizzlies’ aggressiveness on offense, which she has been encouraging.

“They can’t score a goal when they don’t shoot,” she said. “Anything can happen when they put the ball in front of the goal. … My team is such good friends that they give the ball up a lot of times when they should be shooting.”

Grambo’s goal came on a breakaway in the middle of the field.

“She’s really stepped up her play in the second half of the season,” Torre said. “She’s become a leader up front for us and someone we can depend on. We needed that.”

The winner of Thursday’s game faces the loser of the championship game, either Jackson or Lake Stevens, in a winner-to-state/loser-out contest at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at Edmonds Stadium.

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