It took all of four minutes for the Richland girls soccer team to put the ball in the net during Tuesdays 4A regional championship at Bomber Field.
Hayley Deen fired a shot off the crossbar from 20 yards out, and the rebound trickled out to forward Kirsten Calmus, who calmly buried the ball in the back of the net past Central Valley goalkeeper Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer.
However, a late offsides call negated the goal, and the Bombers went back to the business of finding some more offense.
But that offense never came.
Central Valley (13-2) neutralized Calmus and Samantha Heilman Richlands top two scorers and put together an aggressive second half to record the 1-0 win.
Im not really sure what was going on, but I know were better than that, Calmus said.
The wet grass slowed down the game considerably, but that didnt prevent CV from finding holes in the Bombers defense, which had allowed just 10 goals coming into the game.
This was the best team weve played so far, Bombers coach Sara Elfering said. Do I think we could have beaten them? Absolutely. We just couldnt match their energy.
The Bears came out after the halftime break and scored quickly, as Paige Gallaway chipped a pass from midfield over to the left hash, where midfielder Kasey Ames was making an off-ball run toward the goal. Ames took the pass in stride and caught Bombers keeper Samantha Beck off her line with a shot to the far corner of the net.
Richland outshot Central Valley 6-2 in the first half, but the Bears dominated play in the second half, beating the Bombers down the wings and forcing three second-half corner kicks. CV outshot Richland 11-3 over the final 40 minutes.
Still, Richland felt it was a winnable game.
We could have won if we played like we did that first five minutes. We should have taken (that chance) and went harder, Bombers defender Serena Robertson said. They were being pretty physical. Normally, teams arent as physical as we are.
Richland also suffered a bad break when Kailee Carneau, a senior marking defender, left the game with a pulled hamstring and did not return.
Shes a second-team all-conference marking back. We lost control of the ball in midfield after that, Elfering said.
The Bombers coach admitted she was upset with the offsides call on Calmus first-half shot, but only because the linesman didnt raise his flag to signal the infraction. After conferring with the linesman, center referee Dave Braun waved off the goal.
But Elfering was left wishing her team had found more opportunities after getting just three shots on goal.
I wish we had tested their goalkeeper more, she said.
Bears coach Andres Monrroy was extremely pleased, however, with his teams play.
We just played our style. We played to our feet, and we played wide. We didnt try to surprise anyone, Monrroy said. In this area, teams tend to play the ball long, so we had to win those headers.
Central Valley will get Saturday off and will play its next match Tuesday in the first round of the state tournament. They will draw the No. 8 team out of District 3/4.
The Bombers will face Mead, which beat Pasco 3-2, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bomber Field.
I think were definitely going to get some revenge, Calmus said.
Scoring1, CV, Kasey Ames (Paige Galloway), 43:00. ShotsCV 13, R 9. SavesCV, Jesse Kunz-Pfeiffer 3. R, Samantha Beck 6.