Round 3 of the District 4 2A Soccer Tournament was Thursday night featured the District Championship Game between Columbia River and Aberdeen, both teams have already qualified for State. The other 4 teams still alive heading in to tonight’s action had 1 place in State left and were in loser out games. See all the coverage on this page just keep scrolling down to find the game stories you are looking for.
Winner’s Bracket Championship Match
Columbia River 1, Aberdeen 0
Hockinson 2, RA Long 1 (Shoot-out 4-2)
Ridgefield 5, Tumwater 0
In a must win match on a rainy night Ridgefield came into Tumwater District Stadium on a mission to keep their season alive. They got off to a great start in the 3rd minute when Jason Osborn collected a ball just outside of the 18 yd box and sent the perfect shot to the far post over T-Bird keeper Britton Fine’s head. This also earned our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
6 minutes later Brittan Gullickson would keep the scoring going hitting a straight shot from about 30 yards out into the net. The scoring barrage was not over when in the 16th minute Drew Williams sent a long pass to Osborn who outran a defender to send a low shot past the keeper. This would also be the only goal of the 5 that included an assist.
Ridgefield capped off the scoring in stoppage time when Gullickson took another deep shot this time the ball deflected off a defender past Fine and into the net for the 4-0 halftime lead.
Tumwater had a few attempts in the 2nd half none better than Ryan Warren’s hard shot off a corner from Travis Luther but Spudder keeper Joe Lindbo was on the spot to make the save and keep the shut-out in play.
As the T-Birds scrambled to try and at least break the ice things started to get a little chippy. The Referee ended up red carding Ridgefield’s Joey Vossenkuhl for a blow to Austin Mikesh’s head. Mikesh would not return to the match.
The Spudders had to play the rest of the match a man down but mattered little as they continued to stymie the T-Birds. Then in stoppage time Brittan Gullickson would strike again hitting a free kick from 35 yards out for the final 5-0 score.
Ridgefield stays alive while improving to 12-5-2 and Tumwater’s season is over finishing with an overall record of 11-6-2. The Spudders will fave Hockinson on Saturday in a winner to state, loser out showdown. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game were Ridgefields Brittan Gullickson and All the Tumwater Seniors.
Aberdeen 2, Ridgefield 1
Columbia River 5, RA Long 0
Hockinson 2, Black Hills 1 (4-2 Shootout)
(Tumwater, WA) The 1st of 2 loser out games at Tumwater District Stadium and it was literally a shootout. Both teams, Hockinson and Hockinson knew they season’s were on the line and they played like it.
For nearly 30 minutes the 2 teams took big swings at each other but both back lines and keepers held sway denying attempts time and again. The Hawks would break through in the 29th minutes when Nick Charles hit a shot past the Wolves Matt Braun for a 1-0 lead. That score would hold up to halftime.
Hockinson was looking to assert themselves and were hoping to get that insurance goal early in the 2nd half but what they found was a resilient Wolves squad who rallied back. Defenders Riley Winters, Drew Kimmel, Alazar Dowty and James Morimoto with Braun slapped down the Hawks and kept Black Hills in the game until their offense could find the equalizer.
The problem for the Wolves was the Hawks defense led by keeper Tanner Hough and backline of Jesse Mercer, Logan Lugenbeal, Adam Carter and Drew Henderson were just as tough shutting out the Wolves. Black Hills would find an opening in the 55th and Bekele Dowty knocked home the equalizer and for the final 25 minutes it felt like a sudden death match where if one team could punch in a goal it would likely be the game winner.
In the end there was not enough time in regulation or 2 5-minute overtimes to decide this game so off to a shoot out the match went. Black Hills had the 1st shot with Alazar Dowty but Hough came up with a huge block. Chandler Rea then knocked in the Hawks first shot to take a 1-0 lead. The Wolves Bekele Dowty scored but so did Hockinson’s Alex Ulman and after 2 rounds the Hawks led 2-1. The Wolves Evan Ellison was next and again Hough snuffed it while the Hawks took a commanding 3-1 lead with Phillip Warthen’s shot. In the 4th round a must score goal for Black Hills went in off the foot of Hayden Lloyd but it did not matter as the Hawks Nick Charles put the finishing touches on with a goal to make it 4-2 and ended the Wolves season while extending the Hawks who now get RA Long on Thursday in another loser out contest.
Tanner Hough won our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game for his 2 blocks in the shootout and taking our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game were Hockinson’s Nick Charles and Riley Winters for Black Hills.
Tumwater 5, Centralia 0
(Tumwater, WA) In the 2nd must win match of the night the T-Birds came out fired up and quickly dominated this game. It did take until the 18th minute for the T-Birds to punch in their 1st goal although they had several other good scoring chances.
Austin Mikesh knocked home the 1st goal on an assist from Marco Ferrari. Ferrari then gave the T-Birds a 2-0 lead in the 34th with a nifty back heel, step over while splitting defenders. Tumwater led 2-0 at the break.
Just 10 minutes into the 2nd half the T-Birds would put this match out of reach with an explosion of goals in the 50th, 52nd and 55th minutes. The goal in the 50th also was our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game when Travis Luther lined up a corner kick and fired it low to the near post and Logan Hess just got a piece of it as he slid in to re-direct past Tigers keeper Jesse Vazquez.
Hess would then get his 2nd goal just 2 minutes later for a 4-0 lead on Ferrari’s 2nd assist of the night and just 3 minutes later Mikesh would get his 2nd goal and cap the scoring with an assist to Nathan Seaman.
Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game goes to Tumwater’s Marco Ferrari and Centralia’s Will Lorton. Tumwater stays alive and will take on Ridgefield on Thursday night.
Columbia River 8, Centralia 0
Aberdeen 1, Hockinson 0
RA Long 3, Tumwater 1
(Tumwater, WA) The RA Long Lumberjacks came into this match on a 2 game, frustrating losing streak where they saw their chance to host at least a 1st round District match go up in smoke.
Tumwater was a team that just kept improving over the season and were looking forward to getting off on the right foot with a win. The T-Birds came out fairly aggressive and it looked like the Jacks were just trying to get their legs underneath them but they denied Tumwater with a strong defense.
The Jacks would then flip the script and started attacking and knocked the 1st goal in at the 16 minute mark. It began with a corner kick from Jesus Cabrera which ended up at the foot of Amilyonno Puc who booted it past T-Bird keeper Britton Fine for a 1-0 score.
It took the Jacks about 2 minutes longer to add to their lead and it was triggered by a long run from Damian Perez who split defenders broke free and fired it far side with a hard shot to push their advantage to 2-0. This play also earned our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
Tumwater responded just a minute later in the 19th. Austin Mikesh fired a long pass to Moricio Castro who redirected the shot out of the reach of Jacks keeper Jose Radillo and Tumwater was back in business down 2-1.
RA Long’s 3rd goal came off the foot of Gerardo Hernandez on a free kick from 25-yards out. Hernandez struck it solid toward the left post and it looked like Fine would smother it but it slipped out from underneath him and rolled in for the goal and the Jacks re-gained that 2 goal advantage 3-1.
Both teams would make runs and stops through the rest of the match but this would be the final score. RA Long now will travel to Columbia River on Tuesday in a winner to state/loser drops to consolation bracket match while Tumwater will host Centralia on Tuesday in a loser out contest.
Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the game went to RA Long’s Gerardo Hernandez and Tumwater’s Moricio Castro.