ORTING — In crunch time, you put the ball in the hands — or in this case, at the feet — of your best players and let their skill lead you to victory.
That’s exactly what happened Thursday night for the Klahowya Eagles as Alyssa Peters scored two goals in the final five minutes to clinch yet another 1A district championship for the program in a 3-1 victory over Cascade Christian.
Despite some injuries and relative inexperience, Klahowya will return to the 1A state tournament on the heels of their third place finish last season.
“I expected to be fighting for another district title from the beginning,” said Klahowya head coach Troy Oelschlager.
Katelyn Daykin scored the first goal of the match late in the first half. Early in the second, Cascade Christian tied the match at one, and it stayed that way until Peters finally struck in the 75th minute.
The Eagles will host a home state playoff game, likely Tuesday at 6 p.m., against the No. 5 seed from District 1/2.
North Kitsap shuts out Steilacoom, Central Kitsap falls to Bonney Lake
The Vikings regrouped after a tough 2-1 loss to Fife on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over Steilacoom to clinch a low seed in the 2A state tournament.
North Kitsap will face Orting at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Franklin Pierce High School to determine whether or not they are the fifth or sixth seed.
“It’s not the seed we want, but we’ll be road warriors hopefully,” said head coach Greg St. Peter.
Kamora McMillian, Grace Billings and Alyssa Cullen all hit the back of the net in the win.
If they win, the Vikings will get the No. 5 seed out of District 3 and take a long trip to either Othello or Cheney. If they lose, they will face District 5/6/7 champion Selah.
Central Kitsap fell 2-0 to Bonney Lake at Mount Tahoma. The Cougars will play Lakes at noon Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School for third place in the district. They can still earn a home game in the first round of the 3A state tournament with a victory.