CASHMERE — It took two halves, two five-minute overtimes and nine penalty kick attempts before the Panthers finally buried the game-winning score to come away with a 2-1 win over Cashmere on Thursday.
“I’ve never been involved in a game that’s gone that deep in a shootout,” coach John Springer said. “It was really exciting.”
Cashmere dictated the pace early and scored first off a shot from Tessa McCormick with 15 minutes gone. The Panthers responded with a score of their own at the 29 minute mark to tie the game after a shot by Katie Michkiosky got past goalkeeper Zelia Zahir.
Despite going into the half tied 1-1, Springer felt his squad was outplayed.
“It felt like they wanted it more than we did at the start of the game,” he said. “It took us a while to get in the flow of it and start playing our game.”
But Wenatchee settled down during the second half and it became an even-handed tactical contest.
The Panthers came away with the win to improve to 4-3-1 overall, but both squads benefitted from the non-league match.
Bulldogs coach Dennis Tronson used the game to prepare his players for what they may see down the road during state.
“We looked at this match as a chance to step up in the physicality of the match,” he said. “We knew Wenatchee would be very physical. … I wasn’t concerned about us coming in or being ready for the mental chalenge, which we were. But I was very concerend with us coming in physically ready.”
Tronson’s squad prevented the Panthers from attempting a single corner kick all contest long, a testament to Cashmere’s defense. Wenatchee’s speed across the board proved to play a big factor in regulation, though.
“They just had the consistent speed all over the field and that’s normally not what we see,” Tronson said. “But it’s what we needed to see.”
It was the Panthers’ first win since starting the season 3-0-1, but it didn’t come easy.
“Both teams had nice opportunities but couldn’t quite finish,” Springer said. “It was one of those games where we felt like we could’ve played another hour and not score a goal either way.”
Omak 8, Chelan 1
Omak scored four goals in the first half alone and easily coasted to another Caribou Trail League victory against Chelan.
West Valley (Yakima) 9, Eastmont 0
The Wildcats couldn’t sustain the momentum they built Tuesday against Davis as the Rams won at Wildcat Stadium.
The loss drops Eastmont’s record to 1-5 overall.
Cascade 3, Omak 0
The Kodiaks continued their undefeated league streak with a strong road win over Omak thanks to a near record-setting match from Eliana Ala’ilima-Daley.
Ala’ilima-Daley recorded 25 kills in just three sets, one kill shy of a personal best and three short of a school record. Cascade won 25-14, 25-15, 25-18, despite dealing with a raucous crowd and a tough Omak defense.
“We know that Omak has shown to do some good things so far this year,” coach Marni McMahon said. “They beat Brewster, so we knew they were going to be competitive and they were. They did a good job defensively and they really have improved.”
The Kodiaks are 4-0 in Caribou Trail League play after the victory.
Chelan 3, Okanogan 0
The Goats continue to play well and racked up another important win over Okanogan to improve to 3-0 in Caribou Trail League play.
Chelan’s serving was efficient and effective all match and it won 25-8, 25-10, 25-4 to improve to 3-0 against league competition.
“We had some really strong serving and we were able to keep Okanogan out of system a little bit and our setters and hitters were connecting tonight,” coach Donene Hendricks said.
Wenatchee 133, Eastmont 53
The favored Panthers swim team handily won the meet against the Wildcats in East Wenatchee.
Adrian Marquis won the 200 freestyle and Kelly Hartman took the 100 freestyle — representing the two winning races for the Wildcats.
The team of Jessica Wierzbicki, Isabelle Dressel, Annie Stefanides and Hannah Bruggman took the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:01.05. Kayli Elwyn won the 200 individual medley, Bruggman took the 50 freestyle, while Ali Brandt was the victor in the diving event. Wierzbicki won the 100 butterfly as Elwyn outlasted the competition in the 500 freestyle. The Wenatchee team took the 200 freestyle relay and Stefanides won the 100 backstroke event. Katherine Robinson won the 100 breast-stroke race. Finally, the Panthers swept the relays by taking the 400 freestyle.
“We knew Wenatchee would be a powerhouse; they have a lot of depth,” Eastmont head coach Darcy Bruggman said in a phone interview. “Our goal was to not let them sweep every event like they did to Moses Lake. Our goal was to race fast and race hard, and I think we did a good job.”