With their season on the line, the Mountlake Terrace girls soccer coaches were huddled, trying to determine who would take a crucial free kick for the Hawks’ late in their loser-out match against Meadowdale Tuesday night.
But before a decision was made, Hawk senior Allison Lorraine stepped forward, put a big right-footed kick on the ball and curled a tremendous shot into the upper right-hand corner of the Mavericks goal from 28 yards out.
Lorraine’s effort gave the Hawks a lead they would not give up as Terrace defeated the Mavericks 2-1 in 3A District 1 girls soccer tournament game Tuesday night at Edmonds Stadium.
The win moves the Hawks into another loser-out match in the tourney, to be played on Thursday, Nov. 6 against Arlington. First kick at Arlington High School is set for 7 p.m.
For the Mavericks, their 2014 season is over after succumbing to rivals Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace in the district tournament.
The Mavericks didn’t end their year quietly though as the squad pushed Terrace until the final whistle on Tuesday. Despite being outshot 13-1 in the first half, Meadowdale’s lone shot paid off as senior Hannah Taylor scored from 22 yards out just before the halftime break to tie the match at 1-1.
Mountlake Terrace had taken a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute when senior Lily Hart slid a low 20-yard shot under the arms of Mavericks’ goalkeeper Ashley Routh just inside the left post.
A more closely-played second half led to the match-deciding free kick goal by Lorraine in the 67th minute.
“Originally I was thinking that I wasn’t going to take it because I just got fouled,” Lorraine said of the free kick opportunity. “But then I just stepped up and took it because everyone was just holding back.”
“I just ripped it; I did the best that I could,” she added.
Hawk Coach Evan Hatch knew at the time that the free kick centered 28 yard in front of the Maverick goal would be a pivotal moment in the match. “(Allison) was yelling at me asking me who should take it. (I was) assuming that she didn’t particularly want to,” Hatch said.
“During the process of talking about it she just turned around and kicked it. I was thinking initially, ‘Wait, don’t kick it so soon. We haven’t come up with our plan yet.’ Then she laced in one of the best shots of anyone on our team since I’ve been around here coaching. It was the right shot at the right time, and exactly what we needed.”
Down 2-1 with less than 13 minutes left in the match, Meadowdale didn’t give up, pushing forward and creating a number of great opportunities to score. Hoping to duplicate her first half goal, Taylor got off shots in the 73rd and 74th minutes – the first effort hit the right post; then on the second, from a sharp angle, she hit the left post.
Meadowdale’s Taylor Monroe-Jones and Lexa Long also had good chances for tying goals late, but Monroe-Jones’ strike in the 74th minute was stopped by Hawk goalkeeper Alexis McRae; Long chipped a shot over the goal in the 80th minute.
“We didn’t finish,” said Mavericks’ coach Terry Ryan. “We had four golden opportunities to score and we were just off a little.”
Despite the loss, Ryan was proud of the way his young squad handled the pressure of a district elimination match. “I played 10 freshmen in this game tonight,” he said. “We graduated eight starters and the freshmen, they played really well – but at times you can’t replace experience.”
“I want to hand it to Mountlake Terrace; they’re great competitors and they had a little more in the tank than we did tonight. Sometimes the ball bounces your way and sometimes it doesn’t, and it didn’t for us tonight,” Ryan added.
Hatch was relieved with the Hawk win, recognizing the improvement that the Mavericks had made this season. “We beat them 4-1 the first time around this season, but they were a stronger team this time,” he said. “They have a good coaching staff, solid players, and history of a solid program at their school.”
With the loss, Meadowdale’s 2014 season is complete. But ryan noting all the returnees he is expecting in 2015, couldn’t help but look ahead. “We should have a pretty strong team next year,” he said.
Mountlake Terrace vs. Meadowdale, Girls Soccer
Meadowdale 1 0 — 1
Mountlake Terrace 1 1 — 2
Lily Hart (MTHS), assisted by Allison Lorraine, in the 32nd minute
Hannah Taylor (MHS), assisted by Taylor Monroe-Jones, in the 38th minute
Allison Lorraine (MTHS), unassisted, in the 67th minute
Records: Mountlake Terrace 9-7-2 overall; Meadowdale 5-10-3 overall