Centralia 3, Hoquiam 1
(Centralia, WA) The Tigers snapped 2 streaks on Tuesday night, they scored their 1st goals of the season and won their 1st match. Centralia came out putting plenty of pressure on the Hoquiam Grizzlies and it paid off early with 2 quick goals in the 6th and 10th minutes.
Alayna Miller would score both for the Tigers with help from Jo Navvaro on the 1st goal. The Tigers maintained their solid play in the 1st half holding the ball well at midfield with other well timed attacks. Bailey Brown would deny the few attacks the Grizzlies could put together to hold the score at 2-0 at the break.
In the 2nd half the Grizzlies were more focused and actually controlled much of the pace for the 1st 20 minutes. Centralia held firm though keeping the ball out of the net. 2nd half keeper Courtney Leifer with a solid backline maintained that 2-0 lead until the 48th when Hoquiam broke through. Emma Skinner would punch it in unassisted and the Grizzlies were back in the game trailing 2-1.
The game was rough from the beginning but spilled over for a double yellow card in the 58th minute. The friction elevated with a hard shoulder to Skinner in the box with no call. The Tigers seemed to be motivated from that point on re-taking control and Navarro would take a pass from Mia Martin in the 69th. Martin fired the low crossing pass to Navarro who re-directed it behind Grizzlies keeper Jade Cox. This play would also earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
Centralia improved to 1-2 with the win and will play La Center on Thursday and Napavine in non-league matches. Hoquiam is also 1-2 and takes on Seton Catholic on Thursday. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game were Centralia’s Alayna Miller and Hoquiam’s Emma Skinner.