Wolfpack loses to Camas in first round state playoff game | Girls soccer

By David Pan | Nov 16, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson's Kathryn Cheng runs after the ball during a Wes-King 4A District tournament game Thursday, Nov. 1, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The third time was definitely not the charm for Jackson.

The Timberwolves had successfully defended against two previous corner kicks by Camas.

But on the third attempt, Maddie Kemp found the ball and booted what turned out to be the only goal of the game in the 30th minute to give the Papermakers a 1-0 victory over the Wolfpack in a first-round 4A state girls soccer tournament game Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Camas High School.

“The placement was really good,” Jackson coach Sarah Smart said. “They put it right on the six. All kinds of players were crashing for the same ball. We just weren’t able to clear it. It was a really good effort. Those kinds of things happen.”

The Timberwolves (16-2-1) had two prime opportunities to tie the score in the second half but couldn’t convert. A pass from the defense up front led to a one-on-one showdown between a Jackson player and the Camas goalkeeper. The shot sailed over the goal.

Another Wolfpack shot from about 25 yards out struck the post and popped 20 feet straight up into the air.

“That thing left a vapor trail,” Smart said. “The margin for hitting the goal or into the air was into the millimeters. We really took them to task for most the game in the second half. At some point with 10 minutes left you start to throw the Hail Mary. We just kind of ran out of time.”

Camas came into the loser-out contest having outscored its opponents 101 to 18.

“In the first half, we kind of played them a little more defensively,” she said.

But about 20 minutes into the game, Smart decided to face the Papermakers straight up.

“At that level at state, it’s who can put away their chances,” Smart said. “They put away their one. We did not.”

Jackson advanced to the 4A tournament by defeating North Creek 2-0 in a winner-to-state game Thursday, Nov. 1, at Everett Memorial Stadium. Keile Hansen and Gabriela Franco scored goals.

Smart looks back on the 2018 with a sense of pride considering Jackson’s Wesco 4A championship and its 13-0-1 league record.

“We had a ton of success,” Smart said. “They’re a fabulous group of girls.”

We had a ton of fun.”

Senior co-captains Hansen, Bonnie Martin and Peyton Manalo provided strong leadership for a team that saw a significant turnover from last year. When Jackson’s starting goalkeeper went down with an injury midway through the season senior Brooke Vandermolden stepped in and delivered.

“Everyone contributed in their own way,” Smart said. “The seniors in a huge way came through, all of them. I really thank them for their contributions. Their imprint on the program was really substantial.”

WILDCATS FALL: Fife scored the winning goal in the second overtime to defeat Archbishop Murphy 2-1 in a first-round 2A state tournament game Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Fife High School. The Wildcats (13-5-2) secured a state berth with a 3-2 victory over Bellingham in a winner-to-state/loser-out District tournament game Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sedro-Woolley High School.

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