TONASKET – Tonasket’s girls soccer team picked up a win it needed to have on Thursday, Sept. 27, defeating Chelan at home, 2-0.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Chelan, but persistent air quality problems related to fires throughout Central Washington forced the teams to switch locations of their home-and-home series.
Alicia Edwards scored in the 15th minute of the first half, and the Tigers held that lead until the final minute of play, when Kelly Cruz drilled home the second goal from the top of the box.
“We passed the ball great today,” said Tonasket coach Darren Collins. “Because of the defense they played we needed to move the ball well, try to switch fields, and it got us a lot of shots. We just didn’t finish many of them.
“We didn’t play that way at Brewster. If we’d played like this, whether we’d have beaten them or not, that would have been a very different game.”
The Tigers outshot the Goats 19-5, and goalkeeper Baylie Tyus was challenged only once on her three saves.
Chelan kept things close, though, with a packed-in defense that made it tough for the Tigers to create much space on offense. But by winning the possession battle, Tonasket ensured there were few Chelan threats to manage.
“Now we just need to work on coming out with the right attitude every game and get more consistent,” Collins said. “We can beat most teams when we do that, but we can lose to anyone if we let up at all.”
There will be no room for letting up at as the Tigers host defending state runner-up Cashmere on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
After that, most of the rest of the season will be one long road trip for the Tigers, who play six of their final eight games on the road.