WENATCHEE — Wenatchee girls soccer coach John Springer wanted to see more offense from his team in Tuesday’s match against Sunnyside.
The Panthers didn’t disappoint. They controlled the flow of the contest from the opening kick, spent plenty of time in Grizzlies territory and came away with a 2-0 victory at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.
They piled on 16 shots on goal in that span and created several opportunities with the through ball, a strategy they’ve committed to for the past several weeks of practice.
“We’ve been focusing a lot on attacking in practice for the past few weeks,” said junior Ashton Blanksma, who tallied the team’s first score of the night. “When we played through balls, it opened up a lot of chances. We had a lot more opportunities tonight on goal — a lot more than we did last Tuesday against Davis.”
Blanksma forced a turnover just outside the 18-yard line and ripped a shot past Ortiz to put Wenatchee up 1-0 in the first minute of play.
The Panthers stayed on the attack and continued to pressure Sunnyside’s back line.
A breakaway by Hayley Springer set up a Wenatchee corner kick and Baylee Fontaine found Ali Sealby on the set play. Sealby headed the ball in to put the team ahead 2-0 at the 23-minute mark.
The Panthers’ offense continued to press throughout the match and ended the evening with five corner kicks.
“The girls did a really good job of maintaining the attack most of the game,” Springer said. “All week we’ve been working on trying to create more attacking opportunities, and I thought really they executed that very well.”
Wenatchee has won three straight and improved to 6-3-1 overall. It is second in Big Nine play behind undefeated Moses Lake.
The Panthers hope to continue their aggressive approach as they gear up for round two of league play. They will have a good test Thursday at home against cross-river rival Eastmont (3-5 overall, 3-2 league).
“The confidence is growing,” Springer said. “We were hoping this would give us a chance to work on a few things, because we’ve got a big game Thursday. We know Eastmont will be ready to play us.”
Senior goalkeeper Jackie Bollinger finished the contest with three saves in the shutout win.
Eastmont 3, Eisenhower 2
Rebecca Tarbert recorded two goals and one assist to lead Eastmont to a road win over Eisenhower.
Jerusha Pech and Tarbert scored back-to-back goals in the first half to put the Wildcats ahead 2-0 heading into halftime. Tarbert tallied her second goal of the evening off an assist from Erin Boatright with 51 minutes gone to put the team up 3-1.
“We were a little slow coming off the bus, and sometimes it can take a few minutes for everybody to wake up and get moving,” coach Erin Kavanaugh said. “Our finishing, we can work on. We were shooting before we should have. We were making opportunities and our outside-mids were getting it to our forwards, who were making good runs.”
Cashmere 4, Tonasket 1
Cashmere remained unbeated in Caribou Trail League play with a victory over visiting Tonasket.
Tessa McCormick scored twice for the Bulldogs (8-1, 7-0), with Tianna Helm and Dani Morseman also adding markers.
“We were living in (Tonasket’s) half of the field,” said Cashmere coach Dennis Tronson. “We had a few (shots) that went wide, and four or five went off the post. That’s soccer, though. But take nothng away from Tonasket; they played aggressively.”
Wenatchee 3, Sunnyside 0
Wenatchee didn’t have any problems in its 25-16, 25-9, 25-16 win over host Sunnyside.
Kiana Black had 14 kills and four aces for the Panthers (4-1 Big Nine).
“We were able to push hard at them. The pace on the other side of the net was slower, and we did take a while to get going,” said Wenatchee coach LeAnne Branam. “But once we got going, we hit tough, served tough and didn’t let them back in the game.”
Eisenhower 3, Eastmont 0
The Wildcats struggled to keep up with the Big Nine power and lost the match 25-12, 25-8, 25-11.
“They have a lot of girls who are playing year-round and have been playing for a lot of years, and we just don’t have that kind of experience,” coach Molly Nelson said of the Cadets. “Throughout the match we had some small runs of success, but unfortunately they were stopped by a service error or a hitting error, and we didn’t handle it well.”
Cascade 3, Brewster 0
Eliana Ala’Ilima-Daley led the Kodiaks with 24 kills and four aces, Sydney Coffin chipped in 12 kills and Brenna Barton finished with six blocks to give the team another solid league win. Cascade won 25-11, 25-11, 25-15.
“We played really well tonight,” coach Marni McMahon said. “I am really pleased with us at keeping Brewster (down), not letting them play with us.”
Johnna Rieke had 40 assists for the Kodiaks.
Markie Miller led Brewster with nine kills, and Margie Brammer had five blocks.
Chelan 3, Omak 0
Chelan remained unbeaten with a 25-9, 25-18, 25-15 win over visiting Omak.
Abby Phelps had 19 kills and eight digs for the Goats (7-0).
“Omak played (good defense) in the second and third sets,” said Chelan coach Donene Hendricks. “We struggled to get going, but improved as the match went on. We were steady.”