WENATCHEE — A two-score advantage midway through the second half in a soccer match is a recipe for victory, at least in most circumstance. But that wasn’t the case for Wenatchee on Thursday as it hosted an upset-minded Eastmont squad that refused to back down.
Overtime seemed imminent after the Wildcats scored back-to-back goals to make it a 3-3 affair, but the Panthers put one between the posts with 77 minutes gone to take a 4-3 win and sweep their cross-river rival at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.
“That game was exactly what I expected, I think the girls expected, I think Eastmont expected,” Wenatchee coach John Springer said. “It’s a strong rivalry with a bunch of strong soccer players battling it out and we were fortunate to come out ahead on that one.”
Springer’s squad took a 3-1 lead after Katie Michkiosky ran down a through ball deep in Eastmont territory and beat goalkeeper Savannah Jackson to the ball for a score in the 58th minute.
The first-year coach was elated with the cushion, but it didn’t hold. The Wildcats revved up their attack and Springer felt the impending momentum shift from the sidelines.
Eastmont took over play at midfield and created a series of scoring opportunities. Almost on cue, it cut into the deficit when senior Rebecca Tarbert found Kalea Bokma inside the 18-yard line. Tarbert — who shifted from midfield to attacker in an attempt to generate quick offense — took matters into her own hands with an arcing strike that grazed goalkeeper Jackie Bollinger’s fingertips and found the back of the net to make it 3-3 with just over five minutes left in regulation.
“Not a whole lot of ‘em like Rebecca Tarbert, that’s for sure,” Eastmont coach Erin Kavanaugh said. “… She’s a very quiet, very modest player, but she’s still so composed. I never worry about her when she has the ball.”
In one final rally, Michkiosky — who finished the evening with two goals and an assist — found Caroline Dahl in the center of the pitch for the game-winner. Needless to say, the late score was a huge boost for a team desperately seeking to avoid overtime.
“It shows that we’re a team that plays until the end,” Michkiosky said. “We fight until the last whistle and it just really proves that put all of our heart and our mind into the game.”
Wenatchee is riding a four-game winning streak and improved to 5-1 in league play. While it was able to salvage a victory Thursday, the second-half comeback attempt speaks volumes about a Wildcat squad that’s made big strides since losing its season-opener 3-1 at home against the Panthers. It started the season 0-5 overall, but has righted the ship since, is 3-3 in the Big Nine and still has a shot at locking up a postseason berth.
“I think a good theme for us this season would be resiliency,” Kavanaugh said.
Control shifted back and forth, both teams traded blows and in the end, the Panthers’ display of composure helped them escape with another crucial win.
“Momentum’s a funny thing,” Springer said, “and them getting that third goal kind of woke us up and made us realize we have to get back to doing what we were doing most of the game.”
Cashmere 10, Brewster 1
The Bulldogs took an 8-0 lead into halftime and took the win easily, despite being nicked up by injuries.
Lauren Johnson had three goals and three assists, and Tianna Helm had a pair of helpers.
“We learned some things and improved on our patience,” Cashmere head Dennis Tronson said. “… To get seven goals on our first nine shots, I like that efficiency.”
Tonasket 3, Chelan 1
Goats head coach Jim Broome described the game as physical with the Tigers jumping out to an early lead by striking in the seventh minute of the game.
Chelan sophomore Daisy Franco scored the equalizer off of a free kick in the 25th minute.
Tonasket scored two goals in the second half to pull away.
The Goats will look to rebound next Thursday against Cascade at home.
Cascade 3, Okanogan 0
The Kodiaks won 25-11, 25-14, 25-8, but head coach Marni McMahon still thought her team could do better.
“I don’t think we were totally there,” McMahon said. “I know it was only 14, 11, and eight but I thought we gave up too many points.”
Eliana Ala’Ilima-Daley had 19 kills and Taylor McDevitt went 14-from-14 from the service line with three aces.
Despite the relatively down night, McMahon feels like her team has been playing well lately and will be ready for their big match-up against Chelan next Thursday.
“This was just one of those nights that I thought we played down a little bit, but for the most part we’ve played really good ball this season — especially the last two weeks,” she said. “We’re playing really good volleyball and the girls should feel really good going into next week.”
In the meantime, the Kodiaks will play Tonasket on Saturday and Omak on Tuesday.
Chelan 3, Tonasket 0
The Goats were efficient from start to finish and beat the Tigers 25-4, 25-5, 25-8.
Jenny Sundbergy had 11 kills and two blocks, Abby Phelps went 29-for-29 serving with eight aces and had eight kills, and Johanna Fuller had 31 assists to go with a 9-for-11 night from the service line.
“We served the majority of the time and we hit really well and we passed well when they served,” Chelan head coach Donene Hendricks said. “We had a good night.”
The Goats will play at the Wenatchee Invitational on Saturday and they have to be feeling pretty good after holding Tonasket to less than 10 points in all three games.
“That was our goal and that’s not easy to do,” Hendricks said. “… We didn’t have a lot of errors — that was a great thing. The kids did wonderful.”
Eastmont 124, Sunnyside 40
Eastmont 132, Davis 31
Eastmont 133, Eisenhower 48
The Wildcats swept a trio of opponents on Thursday.
Eastmont swept all three relays against Sunnyside and Ike and the Wildcats took two-of-three from Davis.
Bettye Eifert submitted a winning time of 1:12.74 in the 100 backstroke and also took the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.84.
Adrian Marquis won the 100 breaststroke at 1:19.92, and Ali Pierce was the winner in the diving event.
Wenatchee 137, Moses Lake 48
The Panthers put together another dominant Big Nine performance fueled by a series of fast swims. Wenatchee took every event, finished several swimmers in the second- and third-place slots and won the meet handily.
Audrey Parrish and Isabelle Dressel posted state-qualifying times in the 50 freestyle. Wenatchee improved to 6-0 in league and 8-0 overall.
Jessica Wierzbicki won the 200 and 100 freestyles, Annie Stefanides won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, Rebecca Bay took the 500 freestyle, Katherine Robinson won the 100 breaststroke, and Kayli Elwyn won the 100 backstroke. Each competitor posted personal best times in the pool.