Hoquiam rallies to knock off undefeated Rochester in shootout, 2-2 (3-1)

Goalkeeper Jensina Alvarenga made 12 saves, including two in a shootout, as Hoquiam upended previously unbeaten Rochester in an Evergreen 1A League girls soccer match Tuesday at Olympic Stadium.

The Grizzlies won on penalty kicks, 3-1, after the two teams ended regulation and overtime deadlocked at 2-2.

Both teams made their first and missed their second spot-kick attempts in the shootout, with Judy Renteria converting for Hoquiam and Alvaranga blocking Rochester’s second try.

After Ellie Quercia made Hoquiam’s third attempt, the Warriors shot too high on their third.

Hoquiam’s Kayla Hilliard found the net to give Hoquiam a 3-1 lead, forcing Rochester to follow suit to stay alive. Possibly distracted by Alvarenga clapping her hands in setting up for the shot, the Warriors got off a weak attempt that the Grizzly goalkeeper gathered in.

It was the third consecutive year the Grizzlies (4-1) had beaten Rochester at home in a shootout. The Warriors, missing one of their key players, were second-rated among state Class 1A teams by a computerized ranking service.

Alvarenga was a standout throughout.

“She was a huge part of why we were successful,” Hoquiam coach Corri Schmid said. “A big thing for us was the girls never gave up. They just put their heart and soul into the game and it showed.”

The Grizzlies trailed 2-0 at the half but tied it with two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half

Renteria took a pass from Hilliard and put a shot in the upper left-hand corner of the net in the 44th minute. Quercia caught the Warrior goalkeeper out of the net and drilled one home from outside the 18 in the 50th minute.

Hoquiam freshman midfielder Anna Salazar was commended for a fine performance.

The Grizzlies host Adna in a 5 p.m. varsity-only match Thursday.