By Stewart Bell
With the league title on the line, Friday Harbor and La Conner squared off Monday on the Wolverines home field, and it quickly became an all-out battle.
After a loss to Friday Harbor earlier this season in overtime, the Braves came out with payback in mind and grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a goal in the opening half. The Wolverines evened the score at 1-1 after the break, as senior Jenny MacDonald fired a rocket that caught the back of the net at about the 10-minute mark.
But this time, the Braves would not be denied.
La Conner booted home what proved to be the game winner with just over four minutes remaining and held the Wolverines scoreless down the stretch to settle the score and seize a share of the 2011 league title.
The loss, the Wolverines first this year in league play, brought an end to the team’s three-year reign as sole champion of the Northwest 1A/2B League, sharing this year’s title as co-champion with La Conner.
The Wolverines (5-1 league, 7-6-2 overall) open post-season play on the road, Wednesday, at Lynden Christian (10-4-2), who prevailed over Friday Harbor earlier this year in a 3-0 shutout. Game time is 4 p.m.
— Journal Editor Scott Rasmussen contributed to this story
Bear Creek 2
Junior Robyn Roberts showed a flair for the dramatic earlier this season by booting in the game-winner in a marathon shootout.
Well, she did it again.
With the score tied 2-2 and just under two mintues left in regulation, Roberts struck a long-arching shot from the left corner that nicked the right goal post and then dipped into the net to clinch a 3-2 victory, Saturday, at home against a resilient Bear Creek squad.
Senior Mickey Leytze turned in what proved the pivotal play of the game, however, setting Roberts up for the winning shot after swiping the ball near midfield and driving it into the red zone.
“I knew it was our last chance with just two minutes left,” Leytze said. “I was going for the goal.”
With the win, Friday Harbor avenged its earlier 1-0 road loss to Bear Creek and improved to 7-5-2 overall.
The Wolverines, the three-time defending Northwest 1A/2B League champ, were slated to square off against league runnerup La Conner, Monday, at home, with the league title on the line.
— Scott Rasmussen