Sehome boots Shorecrest from district soccer playoffs

  • Charlie Laughtland<br>Enterprise writer
  • Friday, February 29, 2008 10:51am

The first back-to-back losses of the season were fatal for the Shorecrest girls soccer team.

Sehome ousted the Scots from the Northwest District 3A playoffs with a 3-2 victory in a loser-out matchup Wednesday night at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.

The Scots (13-3-2) were coming off a slim loss to Cascade Conference champion Cedarcrest two days earlier.

Silvia Olsby converted a Banimi Lawson cross to give the Scots a 1-0 lead late in the first half. Sehome pulled even seconds before the break and took the lead for good five minutes into the second half.

In the closing moments of the game Brianne Robinson punched in Shorecrest’s second goal.

Cedarcrest knocked the Scots to the consolation bracket with a 1-0 shootout victory in the semifinals.

Pounded by rain and 40 mph wind gusts, the teams remained scoreless after 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtime periods.

Both sides converted their first three attempts and the goalies blocked the next two shots to preserve a 3-3 deadlock. Lisa Dimak appeared to stuff the fifth Cedarcrest kick, but the ball bounced off the junior keeper’s stomach and rolled into the goal.

The Red Wolves eventually prevailed in the seventh round of the shootout when Olsby’s blast hit the crossbar.

Lawson, Jessica Jakubiak, Kat Binder, Cora Speidel and Sarah Berg all converted their penalty kicks for the Scots, who hadn’t been shut out in their 16 previous games.

“We had our best chances when the wind was coming at us in the first half,” Shorecrest coach Gary Harris said. “We were more dangerous going against the wind.”

Four players contributed goals as Shorecrest ousted Ferndale 5-1 in the opening round of the district playoffs last weekend.

Lindsey Willar scored a pair of goals in a five-minute span of the second half. Binder converted a penalty kick 10 minutes in to break a scoreless tie and assisted on Casey Maehl’s goal in the 47th minute.

Before the playoffs started, Shorecrest earned a share of the Wesco South title due in part to crosstown Shorewood’s 1-0 victory over Jackson to close out the regular season. The Scots and Timberwolves each went 7-1-1 in league play.

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