The Puyallup Vikings took the Olympia Bears to a shootout Saturday afternoon at Art Crate Field in Spanaway, but the Bears earned the Class 4A state-tournament spot with a 3-1 edge in penalty kicks.
The teams were tied after 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtime sessions during the West Central/Southwest bi-district playoff game. Maggie DeBell, Megan Spataro and Nicole Fesenbek scored goals in the shootout for Olympia to secure the 1-0 victory.
Puyallup’s Jordyn Bartelson was the only Vikings player to score during the penalty-kick round. The Vikings finished the season 11-4-3.
Olympia head coach Tessa Elland was proud of her team’s defense for fending off an aggressive Puyallup offense throughout the game.
“We knew that defense is what wins close games, and lucky for us, defense is our strong suit,” Elland said. “We just came off a game where we needed to win in penalty kicks to get here. Being in that same situation again like that helped us out a lot.”
The loss stung the Vikings particularly hard. Head coach Matt White said his team out-shot Olympia and had multiple opportunities in regulation and in overtime but couldn’t connect.
“We won the game on possession, we won with corners, but we just didn’t get the ball in the back of the net,” White said. “We had a couple of shots that hit the post and were so close.”
White said Olympia’s defense was difficult to maneuver around.
“They just defended like crazy,” he said. “You have to give Olympia a lot of credit. They did everything they could to keep themselves in the game, and their keeper did a great job in the shootout.”
PUYALLUP 3, SKYVIEW 0
Puyallup defender Riley Kudabeck scored a miraculous goal just eight seconds into the game, and the Vikings went on to beat Skyview 3-0 last Thursday in a loser-out game at Auburn Riverside High School.
Kudabeck scored from 60 yards away on the opening kickoff. Puyallup junior Liz Griffith added goals in the fifth and 32nd minutes.
Kudabeck’s goal was a result of a good kick and strong wind gusts that confused Skyview goalie Kaitlyn Hagedorn. White said the weather conditions played a huge role.
“There keeper was off the line, just like you would be in a normal game,” White said. “It was a huge ball that bounced once right in front of the keeper’s head, and then went over her head right into the back of the net.
“We scored in just eight seconds,” he said. “That has got to set a record.”
The Vikings played with the wind at their back in the first half and played against the wind in the second half.
“When a punt can only go 20 yards because of the wind, that is just incredible,” White said. “It was crazy windy.”
Griffith said there was urgency to put up as many goals as possible in the first half to take advantage of the conditions.
“It was really important for us,” she said. “We weren’t going to have the wind in the second half, and we knew it was going to be that much harder to score, and we also knew they would have more shots at us in the second half.”
White said the plan was to score early and control the game with passing and execution from there.
“We wanted to possess and pass,” he said. “That was our game-management plan. We stayed organized and kept everything in front of us defensively.”