Tenino picked up its first 1A Evergreen League win of the season in curious fashion on Thursday night, beating the Grizzlies 2-0 in Hoquiam despite outshooting the hosts 24 to 4.
“As my father always used to say, strange things happen in the Harbor,” Beaver coach Kevin Schultz joked afterwards.
Outside of the wide discrepancy in shots, the Beavers saw a goal taken off the board in the second half with no explanation offered to the Tenino sideline. A few additional calls didn’t go the Beavers’ way, and a pair of yellow cards were issued — one to Schultz, and one to a player — shortly thereafter.
“We definitely controlled the game throughout, so I’m really happy,” Schultz said. “The second half, we kind of let things get in the way a little bit. I think we got distracted by a lot of the stuff, and part of that goes to me as a coach.”
Morgan Miner scored in the 20th minute on an assist from Alivia Hunter, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Thursday. Miner then assisted Emma Barr on a goal in the 54th minute.
Trinity Tafoya had two saves in goal for Tenino.
“I think our defense has been really solid all season,” Schultz added. “And I thought Morgan Miner played really well on the wing.”
The Beavers had 13 on-target shots in the match, against two for the Grizzlies. Hoquiam’s goalkeeper played well, Schultz noted, with eight saves in the first half alone.
Tenino (8-2, 1-2 in league) hosts Eatonville on Tuesday.