5/1/17

Centralia 3, WF West 0 

Game story on Lewis County Sports Blog http://www.lewiscountysports.com/?p=48203

Tumwater 2, Black Hills 1

(Tumwater, WA) This match had a lot riding on it beginning including 2nd place in the Evco 2A which comes with hosting a 1st round District Tournament match, the Pioneer Cup and it was Black Hills’ Senior Night. The match unfolded with 2 opposite but similar halves of soccer, You ask how is that possible? Well in the 1st half Tumwater’s offense dominated with long possessions and several excellent opportunities to score. In the 2nd half it was Black Hills who dominated possession time and took shots on goal right and left.

When all was said and done it was simply a couple of plays that went the right way for the T-Birds and they held on for the critical win. It took 33 minutes but Marco Ferrari stuck one between Wolves keeper Matt Braun and the left side post for the 1st score. Ferrari fired a shot between defenders to hit paydirt and Tumwater went up 1-0.

The T-Birds struck again just 2 minutes later when Austin Mikesh lobbed up a corner kick and it appeared Black Hills’ Bemnet Lester was going to clear it when popped straight up off Lester and Tumwater’s Ryan Warren was right there to head it in for a quick 2-0 lead and this is how it would stay to half time.

The Wolves would flip the script in the 2nd half and upped their energy and put tons of pressure on T-Bird keeper Britton Fine and the backline. The Wolves Bekele Dowty, Lester, Hunter Karsseboom and Avery Armin. Despite the several good scoring chances Fine held up until the 56th minute with Armin took in a long pass, side stepped a defender and fired across the box and into the net pulling the Wolves within 1.

But that would be as close as the Wolves would get as Tumwater held on for the win. Tumwater clinches at least 2nd place in the Evco and they have 1 more match to play on Wednesday against Centralia. Aberdeen will wrap up their season Tuesday against Rochester and a win would clinch the league title for the Bobcats. If Rochester pulls off an upset and Tumwater wins on Wednesday at Centralia they would finish tied and split their season series, it would come down to tie-breakers to determine seeding into the District Tourney.

Black Hills had their season come to an end and finished 6-4 in league and 3rd place and will travel to Ridgefield on Saturday in the opening round of District play. Centralia will finish 4th and head to Columbia River on Saturday. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to Tumwater’s Ryan Warren and the Wolves Hunter Karsseboom. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to the T-Birds Marco Ferrari.

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