Bearcats Make the Most of Corner Kicks, Blank Black Hills

By The Chronicle staff

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The Bearcats scored both of their goals off corner kicks Tuesday night, earning a 2-0 win over Black Hills and setting up a showdown with Tumwater on Friday for a share of the Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer championship.

It was W.F. West’s fourth-straight win and sixth shutout this season.

Madi Mencke scored off an assist from Tizzie Zylstra in the 51st minute, and Cameron Sheets bent in a corner kick in the 70th minute.

“I’m really proud of the girls for putting in those corner kicks,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “That’s something we’ve been working on the last couple weeks, and this is the third or fourth game in a row scoring off a corner kick.”

The game started a bit slow for the Bearcats, who were slow to adjust to playing on the turf field at Tumwater District Stadium.

“I felt like we just had kind of a slow start. It’s always a bit of an adjustment to us when we go onto turf,” Anderson said. “It just took us a little bit to adjust to the speed of the ball on that surface. In the second half we stepped it up much better. We connected on our passes and played much better as a team.”

Cassy Schilter and Kelly Robertson both played well defensively for W.F. West, Anderson added.

The Bearcats (7-1) play at Tumwater (8-0) on Friday in both teams’ regular-season finale. W.F. West lost to the Thunderbirds, 2-0, on Feb. 23, and a win would tie the teams atop the final EvCo standings.

“We’re hoping to redeem ourselves and give ourselves an opportunity to be co-champions,” Anderson said.

Aberdeen Beats Centralia 2-0

The Bobcats scored a goal in the first half and another in the second half to beat Centralia, 2-0, in Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer action Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium.

Lucy Nowicki played well at center-back, according to Tiger coach Henry Gallanger, and Annabelle Lewis got her first start and had a solid game.

Goalkeeper Lily Babka was also a bright spot for Centralia.

“She’s in like her fifth week of playing goal, in her life,” Gallanger said. “And she’s done a really phenomenal job stepping up and playing that position for us.”

Gallanger added that he’s been happy with his team’s work throughout the season.

“All the girls played well. We’ve made progressions and improvements in our games,” he said. “It’s coming along. The girls are doing great.”

Centralia (0-8) hosts Rochester on Thursday.

Warriors Shut Out by Thunderbirds

Undefeated Tumwater blanked Rochester Tuesday night, topping the Warriors 5-0 in Evergreen 2A Conference soccer action.

The Warriors lost their fifth straight and are now 1-8 overall and 1-7 in league play. Rochester travels to winless Centralia, the Warriors’ only win this season, for its regular-season finale on Thursday.

“Obviously, Tumwater is a tough team to play,” Rochester coach Ken Matthews said. “They win games because they’re solid at every position and they pressure teams into mistakes. On the bright side, we saw that in the last two games and we take that into Thursday at Centralia”

Seniors Megan Elkins, Megan Haury and Madison Bates were named the Warriors’ Women of the Match by Matthews.