Bishop Murphy wins shootout

Herald staff

LA CONNER – It took awhile to earn it on Monday, but the Archbishop Murphy boys soccer team defeated Grace Academy 2-1 to head to the Class A/B tri-district playoffs as the third seed.

Grace Academy (13-5) will face the loser of the Lopez-La Conner game on Wednesday for the fifth and final seed for tri-districts, which begin Friday.

After double overtime, the Wildcats (11-6 overall) edged Grace Academy in a shootout. Archbishop Murphy’s John Wilcox knocked in the winning penalty kick to seal the victory.

“We played well,” said Archbishop Murphy coach Russ Luteyn. “It was a good game.”

Archbishop Murphy’s Andrew Hewitt was the first to score in regulation, knocking in a goal in the first half.

Grace Academy’s Kevin Poirier tied the score with a goal in the final minutes, sending the game into overtime.

Archbishop Murphy’s goalkeeper was Richard Albo. Grace Academy’s was Josh Stocks.

  • Lynden Christian 3, Granite Falls 0: At Lynden Christian H.S., Lynden Christian (8-0 in league, 12-0 overall) defeated Granite Falls 15-7, 15-2, 15-12 at the North Cascade Conference game. Granite Falls’ Denise Wilbur had 13 kills and Ashley Quinn had 19 assists. Granite Falls (4-4, 9-5) is in a three-way tie for fourth place. The Tigers will face either Mount Baker or South Whidbey today at Sedro-Woolley High School for the tiebreaker.

  • Meridian 3, Sultan 0: At Meridian H.S., Emily Castro had nine kills to help lead Meridian to the 15-1, 15-0, 15-2 North Cascades Conference victory. Meridian (7-1, 10-4) will head to the Class 2A bi-districts on Saturday. Sultan is 0-7, 0-14.

    Team scores (top four to state)-1. Lakewood 52, 2. South Whidbey 52, 3. Port Townsend 106, 4. Steilacoom 134, 5. Mount Baker 148, 6. Foster 152, 7. Lynden Christian 160, 8. Vashon 180, 9. Blaine 257, 10. Granite Falls 271, 11. Nooksack Valley 295, 12. Orting 299, 13. Meridian 317.

    Individual state qualifiers-1. Giswold (South Whidbey) 16:26, 2. Haskins *Port Townsend), 3. Mitchell (Mount Baker), 4. Hymas (South Whidbey), 5. Perkins (South Whidbey), 6. Farcy (Vashon), 7. McConnell (Lakewood), 8. Matter (Lynden Christian), 9. Robles (Lakewood), 10. Van Etten (Steilacoom), 11. A. Dewey (Lakewood), 12. Hartman (Lakewood), 13. M. Dewey (Lakewood), 14. Wiersbicki (Foster), 15. Hollo (Granite Falls), 16. Walcon (Blaine), 17. Scheffler (Foster), 18. Anderson (Mount Baker), 19. Willis (South Whidbey), 20. Swanson (Klahowya).

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