Molly Craig’s penalty kick to the left corner easily sailed past King’s Way Christian’s goalkeeper as Tenino downed the Knights in the district semifinals in Hazel Dell on Wednesday.
The second-seeded Beavers (11-1) will now look to defend their district title when they face familiar league foe and top-seeded Montesano (9-2-1) in the district championship on Saturday in Monte.
It’s a rematch of last season’s district title game, in which the Beavers captured their first district title in school history. Tenino has a 2-1 record against Monte this season, but is a bit hampered with three starters out.
“We just hope to get healthy,” Tenino coach Kevin Schultz said. “It’s going to be a tough, physical game.”
Stepping up for the second game in a row was junior Emma Barr, who scored her first goals of the season while netting a hat trick in the Beavers’ 3-0 shutout of Castle Rock in the district playoff opener.
Barr scored the Beavers’ lone goal in the 48th minute off an assist from Morgan Miner to tie the game up at 1-1 after King’s Way Christian’s Sophia Rubano gave the Knights a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
In penalty kicks, the Knights knocked in their first two shots while the Beavers missed their first two, with both Morgan Letts’ and Grace Vestal’s kicks bouncing off the post. Miner then booted in Tenino’s third PK, followed by Alivia Hunter’s miss. The Knights missed their third shot and Tenino keeper Trinity Tafoya made a save on the fourth shot to keep it tied at 2-2.
King’s Way missed their fifth, followed by a made shot on their sixth, while Andee Shaffran sank Tenino’s fifth shot and Ashley Schow connected on the seventh before Craig sealed the win with the eighth and final shot. Tafoya ended the night with four saves and two PK saves.
“Morgan and Emma left it all out on the field,” Schultz said. “And our defense, Kayla Feltus, Schaffran, Hunter and Elizabeth Disken, played well.”