South Hill schools Rogers and Emerald Ridge played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 19, but Rogers didn’t leave any doubt in the second matchup between rivals.
The Rams’ Amber Thompson scored in the final minute of the first half, and Morgan Roan added an insurance goal in the 62nd minute of Rogers’ 2-0 victory on Oct. 17 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Thompson, a forward, stole the ball from an Emerald Ridge defender along the right side of the field and nailed a difficult shot to the far post just before halftime.
“We were just battling for the ball, and after I got the ball, it was just a lucky kick that I got it,” she said. “It went right into the goal. I was going for a cross, but it went in for the goal.”
Rogers head coach Moe Orcutt said having shots at close range is important for his team’s offensive system.
“We knew we can’t beat keepers with 40-yard shots from the center of the field,” he said. “We need something that is going to cause them to have to make a great save. Amber has made some good goals this year, and that was a great one.”
Roan’s goal put the game away for Rogers (6-2-3 overall). Emerald Ridge fell to 7-3-1.
Thompson said three points for a victory meant everything to her teammates.
“This is the second year in a row we have won the queens of the hill,” Thompson said of the rivalry match. “It feels really good because Rogers is actually beating Emerald Ridge now. In past years, we haven’t been able to do that. It is really good and makes our whole school happy. The football team won the King of the Hill game, and now we won Queen of the Hill.”
Orcutt said the win gives his team the confidence they’ll need down the final two-week stretch.
“It’s a huge win,” he said. “They are our rival, which makes it even more special. Emerald Ridge is a great, well-coached team. We were fortunate to come out on top.”
Jaguars head coach Dan Stueckle said his team is still in good shape for postseason play.
“It’s one game out of 16,” he said. “Of course we wanted this one, we just didn’t play our best soccer. I give a lot of credit to Rogers. When they got their lead, they were very organized about what their plan was, and what they were doing.
“We are still in a position to go to the playoffs,” Stueckle said. “We just have to get better and do the little things that make the difference.”