Late goal lifts Glacier Peak to key victory | Girls soccer

By David Pan | Oct 06, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Emily Strong brings the ball up the field against Jackson.

With the first half of the regular season wrapping up this week, it’s early to be declaring a particular game as a signature victory.

Glacier Peak’s 1-0 win over Jackson definitely will be in the discussion.

Junior Chase Sprink scored off an assist from junior Haley Grambo late in the second half to lead the Grizzlies to the victory over the Timberwolves in a Wesco 4A game Thursday, Sept. 21, at Glacier Peak High School.

“It’s been a team goal to win this game and beat Jackson,” Sprink said. “We came in very pumped up and very excited.”

Sprink was standing about two feet away from Grambo, who was ready to execute a corner kick. The Jackson defense appeared to lose track of Sprink.

“She passed it to me two feet away,” Sprink said. “I took two touches and hit it near post.”

Glacier Peak coach Melinda Torre liked how her players responded to the opening.

“That was just a head’s up play from my kids,” she said. “They (Timberwolves) just didn’t pay attention. They were getting their corner set up defensively and watching the other kids.”

After an even first half, Jackson had two scoring opportunities early in the second half in which freshman goalkeeper Neomi MacMillian came out to challenge and left the goal open. Both shots missed the mark, though.

“When you play a good team, they’re going to get their opportunities,” Torre said. “Fortunately for us, they didn’t finish the opportunities that they had. They’re good players. Good players are going to get themselves open and they’re going to take good shots and we expected that.”

Sprink said that the two near misses by Jackson helped motivate the Grizzlies.

“They missed their shots. Let’s go make ours,” Sprink said.

Talent aside, what Torre admires the most about Glacier Peak is the strength the players have shown during a difficult three years.

“We’ve had three parents lost in the last three years,” Torre said. “This group is really tight. Practices are hard, but they’re fun because the kids like each other so much.”

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