Thursday, November 1, 2007
Columbia High found no charm in its third meeting of the season with RockON, the girls soccer combine of Mossyrock, Onalaska and Napavine.
RockON, which split the regular-season series with Columbia, made it two in a row over CHS Monday night with its second 1-0 victory--this time in a loser-out match of the Southwest District 1A playoffs played in Kalama.
The goal came in the 19th minute off a direct free kick by RockON midfielder Courtney May.
"After that the game was a stalemate," Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said. "Both defensive squads shut down the other's offense and we had a battle of two styles of play: RockON loves to play the long ball while we focus on the passing game."
RockON's approach resulted in 14 shots on goal (9 in the first half), while Columbia's produced 11 shots (6 in the first half).
One of the busiest players on the field was CHS keeper Claire Stevenson, who made 10 saves in the losing effort.
With the win, RockON moves on to play Montesano Thursday night in Kalama for a berth in the state tournament. Montesano advanced by shutting out Kalama, 3-0, Monday.
Columbia finished the 2007 season at 9-5.
At Columbia High 6, Castle Rock 0:
The Bruins recorded their sixth shutout of the season and ninth victory overall in an Oct. 23 Senior Night match against the Rockets.
Anne Vilnes, an exchange student from Norway, sparked the Bruins attack, scoring three times in the first half, twice off assists by Shannon McNallan.
Columbia, which led 4-0 at the break, also got goals from Naomi Halpern, Katie Crumpacker and Joanna Villa.
Noted Kasenga: "We held possession, moved well off the ball and had success with our quick transitions."
Columbia 3, at Rochester 1:
The Bruins wrapped up second place in SWW 1A League Trico Division standings--and the division's No. 2 seed in the district playoffs--with the win over the Warriors.
Mackenzie VanLaar had two goals for the Bruins (one in each half), off assists by Shannon McNallan and Joanna Villa. Naomi Halpern also scored for CHS, off a McNallan assist.
At Riverside Christian 6, Trout Lake 0:
The Mustangs lost their 2007 finale to the Crusaders, in a match played Oct. 23 in Yakima. Trout Lake finished 1-8 in Greater Columbia B League play and 4-10-1 overall.