Tigers soccer team escapes Omak with shootout win

OMAK – Tonasket and Omak went to a penalty kick shootout for the second time in two girls soccer meetings this season on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Unlike the first time around, the Tigers came out on top, outscoring the Pioneers 3-1 in the penalty kick session to claim the win after playing to a 2-2 tie through regulation and two overtime periods.

“We can’t seem to play as well against them as we do against teams like Cascade or Cashmere,” said Tonasket coach Darren Collins. “We played decent, but finding that level of consistent play has been a tough thing all year.”

The Tigers trailed most of the game. Kelly Cruz gave Tonasket its first goal, and freshman Jaden Vugteveen tied the game at 2-2 with a goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

Selena Cosino, Alicia Edwards and Cruz scored in the shootout for Tonasket.

It was the third straight time the two teams have had to decide matters with a shootout dating back to last season.

“We’re definitely in the habit of playing to the level of our opponent,” Collins said. “Sometimes that’s a good thing. We wanted to get to the level where we could play with the teams at the southern end of the league, and we’ve been able to do that. We just need to bring that same level of play every game.”