Tigers Start Slow in Loss to Wolves


The Centralia girls soccer team had a tough go of it on the road, while Black Hills had a good time of an early senior night, beating the Tigers 5-1 on Thursday at home.

“Credit to Black Hills; they were playing very excited for their senior night,” first-year Centralia coach Noel Vasquez said. “You always want to send your seniors out with a bang, and I think they did a good job making sure that was the case.”

The Wolves found success from the start working down the wide areas of the field. With injuries and position changes forcing Centralia to start a new pair of outside backs on defense, the hosts made their hay getting the ball to the flanks, then crossing or turning it inside for golden chances.

The formula worked well enough to earn Black Hills a trio of first-half goals, sending them to the locker room with a comfortable advantage.

“We had a conversation about how to help each other out when a team is very predictable with the same plays over and over again,” Vasquez said. “Unfortunately in the first half, we didn’t do a good job making those adjustments on our own, so we had to wait for halftime. The second half, we were able to be on the ball a little more, and the girls had more hunger to get back into the game.”

The Tigers would go down yet another goal before getting their own offense on the board, when Olivia Gruginski sent a cross into the box and found Anahi Corona, who slotted it home to make it 4-1.

Black Hills added one more before the night was through.

Lily Babka finished with 11 saves for Centralia, as Black Hills outshot the Tigers 16-6.

Both Black Hills and Centralia will be back in action next Tuesday, the Wolves going to Shelton and the Tigers host Aberdeen.