The Kamiakin and Southridge girls soccer teams were locked in a scoreless second-half draw Saturday at Lampson Stadium when Rachel Young, the Braves talented sophomore forward, dropped to the ground on the far sideline with a knee injury.
As the Braves watched their teammate cry out in pain on the ground, they had to wonder how they would fare without Young.
Then they used the moment to their advantage. Ellie Heiden scored on a 40-yard free kick in the 63rd minute three minutes after Young left the field for good and tapped in a cross from Megan Young, Rachels older sister, in the 70th minute to give Kamiakin a 2-0 win over the Suns.
Kamiakin (15-2-1) earned a trip to the 3A state tournament for the second consecutive season. The Braves will play host to Mercer Island (14-3-2) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Lampson Stadium in the first round.
When my sister went down, Ellie came over and told me, Were doing this for Rachel, Megan said. I have a lot of faith in Ellie. I knew once she kicked that ball, it was in. She came over to me and said, We did it!
Heiden was a bit rattled by the injury at first, missing the mark on a free kick in the 60th before finding the net on her second try.
I was so emotionally overwhelmed that I kicked (the first one) right into the defense, Heiden said. On the next one, I calmed down and got composed. I thought, This ones for Rachel.
The shot was driven with a purpose toward the crossbar, where it dipped just below the bar and over the outstretched hands of Southridge goalkeeper Mercedes Haberling. After the goal, Heiden jumped high into the air in celebration.
The next goal was just as sweet, as Megan served up a ball from the right corner and found Heiden sprinting in from the top of the box. Heiden took the pass in stride, one-touching it past Haberling for her second goal of the day and 15th of the season.
(Heiden) is the best player in the league, Kamiakin coach Chris Erikson said. Maybe she didnt do much for 94 percent of the game. All she needs is that six percent to hurt you.
The Braves held a tight shot advantage but held Southridge to a minimum of meaningful chances. Hannah Sanders got under a free kick from cousin Emma Sanders in the third minute just a few feet away from the goal, but she headed it just over the net.
Three minutes later, Michelle Foster got the ball on a breakaway up the center of the field in the Kamiakin back third, but closing on her fast was defender Sarah Burns, who got a leg in front to block the shot.
That was as close as the Suns got.
It just came down to who wanted it most, and who played the hardest, Foster said, adding that she was thankful to make it this far. I think we exceeded everyones expectations. Im really proud.
From where this team started, we overcame a lot. This was a blessing.
Scoring 1, K, Ellie Heiden 63:00; 2, K, Heiden (Megan Young), 70:00. Shots S 9, K 11. Saves S, Mercedes Haberling 2. K, Sydnee Grant 3.
Mead 3, Richland 0: The Panthers ended the Bombers season, getting a goal in the fourth minute by Alex Chambers off an assist from Kara Marbury.
As Richland was pushing for an equalizing goal, Mead took a 2-0 lead on a score by Maddie Aldrich in the 65th minute. Shayna Sexton followed that with another tally in the 71st.
Ashlyn Juul recorded six saves for the shutout.
Scoring 1, M, Alex Chambers (Kara Marbury), 4:00; 2, M, Maddie Aldrich (Kathryn Imming), 65:00; 3, M, Shayna Sexton (Marbury), 71:00. Shots M 12, R 6. Saves M, Ashlyn Juul 6. R, Samantha Beck 8.
Pullman 1, Prosser 0: Alexys Garcia scored the only goal of the match, giving Pullman a 2A state berth in a loser-out matchup.
Dakota Wickard picked up the shutout with four saves.
Scoring 1, Pul, Alexys Garcia (Bre Daugherty), 48:00. Shots Pros 5, Pul 9. Saves Pros, White 6. Pul, Dakota Wickard 4..