The Puyallup Vikings had four solid shots on goal in the first 18 minutes before they broke through last week against the Emerald Ridge Jaguars at Sparks Stadium.
Blake McMillian gave the Vikings the lead in the 19th minute and Jake Weller scored on a header just two minutes later to propel Puyallup to a 2-0 victory on March 18.
“We hit the crossbar, we hit the post, and we just missed hitting the other post,” Puyallup head coach Matt White said with a laugh. “It would have been nice to get the whole trifecta in there.
“We were really trying to put some combinations together tonight. When they’re pretty, they’re pretty. The header was sweet.”
Steve Aguilar, Emerald Ridge’s first-year head coach, said his team gave it everything it had against a Puyallup School District opponent.
“It’s always a physical game when you play your crosstown rival,” Aguilar said. “We played a good game and played hard. Once we kind of got settled down and got our groove going, we started making some good passes. We started hitting our crosses and got some shots, but we didn’t get enough of them. We need to somehow find the net.”
White believed his team’s attention to detail and preparation showed during the win.
“These kids had a great training camp,” he said. “They have bought in, they are focused, and they are working hard. It was a good first game for us. We’re not about the wins and losses, we’re about how can we master the skills of playing the game the best way possible, and hopefully the results will take care of themselves.”
That being said, White said he still has a young squad.
“We had two seniors on the field, and everybody else was a sophomore or junior,” he said. “Our starting forward tonight was actually a freshman.”