By DAN SARGENT
SNOHOMISH – The Snohomish Panthers were led by their youth movement.
Two freshman, Courtney Waterhouse and Lucy Miller, each scored a goal to help lead the Panthers to a 2-0 Class 4A state playoff victory over Tahoma Tuesday night.
Freshman Lindsey Kihm hit a through ball to fellow freshman Waterhouse, who put the ball past the Tahoma goalkeeper into the back of the net in the 49th minute.
The Panthers struck again three minutes later. Senior sweeper Michele Magnuson took a goal kick, knocking it 50 yards down the right side of the field. Freshman Carrie Patton ran onto the ball and beat her defender to take it down the right side of the field to the goal line, where she put the ball across the front of the goal mouth to Kihm, who touched it to freshman Lucy Miller, who put it off the goalkeeper’s hand and into the back of the net to put the Panthers up 2-0.
“Our freshman really stepped it up in this game,” senior Cherie Fratus said.
“Our underclassman really played awesome tonight,” Magnuson said.
“Our freshman saved our butts tonight.” junior Stephanie Cassidy said.
The Senior defensive line of Magnuson, Tiffany Gillette and Kara Goffinet limited Tahoma’s forwards chances in the second half. Sophomore Christy Dettmer added to the defensive effort by playing a tough stopper position, shutting down whomever came into her area.
“We played for the most part pretty solid tonight,” Magnuson said of the defensive line.
Both teams had chances in the first half to put the ball into the net but neither capitalized on their opportunities.
Snohomish junior goalkeeper Emmy Cornwell saved some great shots in posting the shutout.
In the 27th minute, Cornwell made a sliding save in front of a full-on running Tahoma forward to prevent a goal being scored.
“Dan said if we could win the 50/50 balls we could win the game,” Magnuson said Snohomish coach Dan Pingrey said at half.
Magnuson made a sliding tackle in the 22nd minute to prevent a cross from a Tahoma forward from becoming a threat.
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