Black Hills 2, Aberdeen 1
(Tumwater, WA) The Black Hills Wolves knew they had to win this make-up game that was scheduled last week when the predicted wind and rain storm was still headed our way but thankfully ran out of steam before hitting the coast. The concern when the game was cancelled was not getting in the game at Tumwater District Stadium but concern for the Aberdeen players heading back to the Harbor when the storm was predicted to hit, so the game was moved to Saturday.
From a weather standpoint it was a great move even with am 11am kick-off the sun was out and the temps perfect for this time of year. The Wolves had everything to play for while the Bobcats really have nothing left to play for other than gaining some momentum heading into the District Tournament.
Black Hills at 7-1 needed the win to force a season finale showdown with Tumwater. The T-Birds are 9-0 and beat the Wolves in the 1st head to head match in a shoot-out. Aberdeen came in with a 4-4 record, 2 games in front of Centralia, Rochester and WF West all tied for 4th at 2-7, each of them with only 1 game to play so they could not catch Aberdeen.
The Wolves came out hard charging but missed several opportunities as the Aberdeen back line of Taylor Coker, Megan Auld and Amanda Bradt with keeper Reagan Glanz snuffed out several shots and closed the gap on scoring chances for the Wolves.
BH’s Megan Lowe would crack the defense in the 8th minute when she sent a shot toward the goal but was blocked and she tried to clear it but went off the side of her foot and Lowe had not given up on the ball re-took possession and fired a hard angle shot past Glanz for a 1-0 lead.
This score would hold until the 32nd minute when Aberdeen broke free on a Taylor Housden pass to Abbie Bradt who split defenders and chipped one high into the far corner over the top of Wolves keeper Devin Herbert and despite seemingly dominating the 1st half the match was tied at 1-1.
The Wolves would not waste much time in re-taking the lead, in fact less than a minute in the 33rd Emma Lindsay would run down a loose ball from the corner flag, dribbles down the end line then took an angle shot in and Black Hills was back up by 1 and that is how it would stand until halftime.
In the 2nd half it was more of the same with Black Hills running countless attacks, shots and a stiff Bobcat backline and keeper play. In the end neither would find a way to get one in and the Wolves would notch the all important victory in their quest for a league title.
Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to the Wolves Emma Lindsay and Aberdeen’s keeper Reagan Glanz. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game was Megan Lowe’s spectacular goal in the 8th minute.
Evco 2A Play-off scenarios
The District Tournament is much easier to figure out this year over the past few years with all the play-in scenarios. The top 4 from the Evco 2a will play the top 4 from the GSHL 2A. 1 seeds will host 4 seeds and 3 seeds are at the 2 seeds.
The 1 & 2 seeds in the Evco have been decided they will be Tumwater and Black Hills. If Tumwater wins or loses to Black Hills by 1 the T-birds will be the #1 seed. If the Wolves win by 2 they will take the top seed. Aberdeen has clinched the 3rd seed, they can not improve or fall to the 4th.
The 4th seed will be determined on Tuesday between Centralia and WF West. The winner will be the 4th seed and the loser out. Unless, Rochester beats Aberdeen. The the Warriors and the winner of the Bearcats/Tigers match will be tied and since Rochester split with both teams they will play this off likely on Thursday in a winner to District, loser out match. The District Tournament will begin on Saturyday, October 29.
In the GSHL the top 4 teams have been determined with RA Long clinching 4th place. There is still a scramble for the top 3 positions that could change but as of right now with the standings available, Ridgefield is 1st with a 10-1 record, Columbia River 2nd at 9-2 and Hockinson 3rd at 8-2. Washougal, Mark Morris and Woodland have been eliminated.