OLYMPIA — Already assured of a district berth, Aberdeen finished the regular season on Wednesday night by grabbing some momentum away from Capital at Ingersoll Stadium.
The Bobcats played stout defense, benefited from penalty kick stops in regulation and overtime by junior goalkeeper Alexxi Timmons and survived the shootout to claim a 1-1 (2-1) victory over the Cougars in Evergreen 2A girls soccer play.
Aberdeen will open District IV 2A tournament play against Evergreen 2A champion Chehalis at 6 p.m. Saturday. Capital, which needed to win this final match by three goals to improve its district seeding, will hit the road to take on Ridgefield on Saturday.
Overall, Timmons saved four penalty spot kicks — two in the shootout, one in regulation and one late in the second overtime — for Aberdeen (5-7, 6-9). Ali Morris scored in regulation, while Brittani Boora and Stephanie Boone scored in the shootout.
“It was intense,” AHS head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “They played with urgency and we held strong on defense. I was very pleased with the way the team came out and played with them. It was a great game. The girls stepped up and now we’ll have some good momentum to take going into Saturday’s match. We believe we can compete. That’s all we can ask for.”
While Capital fired countless shots on Aberdeen’s goal, the scoring didn’t start up until the 62nd minute. Morris, on a direct kick just outside of the penalty area, lofted a dangerous ball over the Cougar goalkeeper for the marker.
In the 67th minute, Timmons stopped the first penalty kick from Capital off a foul inside the penalty area. The Cougars tied the match on a solo run and shot from the wing in the 70th minute.
Ericka Manwell nearly won the match in regulation for Aberdeen with a give-and-go series from the wing with Emily Fisher late.
In overtime, Timmons came up with a match-saving stop when Capital was awarded a penalty kick with 1:40 left in the second overtime.
The shootout went quick. Capital converted its first spot kick, then missed its final four, two of them stopped by Timmons.
Boora made her spot kick in the second series and Boone gave Aberdeen the lead on the fourth series. The Cougars’ final shot hit the post to end the match.
Coach Sanchez cited McKenzie Brooks for her work on defense, her first match of the season playing in the back.