SUMNER — Providence Classical Christian boys soccer coach Nathan Morris couldn’t hide the satisfaction. Ending La Conner’s season felt pretty good.
It was a year ago that La Conner knocked the Highlanders out of the Class 2B/1B state tournament in the quarterfinals. On Friday, Providence returned the favor.
The Highlanders made two first-half goals stand up and defeated La Conner 2-0 in a state semifinal game at Sunset Chev Stadium to advance to today’s state championship game. Providence (17-2) will meet the Shoreline Christian-Riverside Christian winner at 4 p.m. today at Sunset Chev Stadium for the state title.
“It was nice to get some revenge,” said Morris of beating a team that not only knocked his team out of state last year, but handed Providence its only two losses this season. “Our guys felt like La Conner was the team to beat all year, so this really was great for us. They know they have to come out and play hard (today) to finish it off.”
The game couldn’t have started better for Providence, as Eric Moisant’s shot was saved but Caleb Moisant followed it up and scored for a 1-0 lead just six minutes in.
“That was huge for us,” Morris said. “That gave us a bunch of confidence going into the rest of the game. It gave us the edge.”
Eighteen minutes later, in the 24th minute, Aaron Johnson curved a free kick from 40 yards out that deflected off a defender and went into the net for an insurance goal. From there, Providence’s defense, led by keeper Oliver Thomas, held strong, allowing very little in the way of offense to La Conner (10-3-1).
“We knew they would come out extra hard in the second half,” Morris said. “We knew we had to play tough defense and control the middle, and we were able to do that.”