RICHLAND -- In the grand scheme of things, 12 minutes is not a long time.
But it was an eternity for Richland girls soccer coach Sara Elfering during Saturday's 4A regional loser-out game against Lewis and Clark.
The Bombers took a 1-0 lead with 12 minutes left in the game and then allowed two unanswered goals in a 2-1 loss to the Bears.
"I saw 12 minutes left on the clock and thought, 'That's a lot of time,' " Elfering said. "You can be very susceptible in those last few minutes."
Devyn Galland scored the game-winner in the 78th minute, firing a low shot across her body and into the far corner of the net to make it 2-1. It was Galland's ninth goal of the season and definitely her biggest.
"I was just in the right place at the right time," Galland said. "I saw the goalie coming out, so I just turned my hips and shot."
Only once this season has the Bombers' defense given up more than one goal in a game -- a 2-1 midseason loss to Chiawana -- and never that quickly.
The tying goal had come just four minutes earlier, when Gaby Kennedy headed in a corner kick from Madisen Stewart in the 74th minute.
"It's kind of twisted, but sometimes it's more freeing to be on that side of it," said Elfering, reflecting on LC's nothing-to-lose attitude in the waning minutes. "We haven't played anybody with as many quality attacking players."
The Bears (17-1-1), ranked fifth in the latest Seattle Times 4A soccer poll, earned their second straight trip to the 4A state tournament and fourth in school history. Lewis and Clark, the third seed out of the GSL, will travel to Pasco on Tuesday to face Chiawana (12-6), which beat Gonzaga Prep 2-0 in Spokane.
Game time has not yet been determined.
"It's nice to get through. This isn't an easy place to play, and that's a great team," said Bears coach Casey Curtis, who watched his team lose to Gonzaga Prep at regionals after reeling off 15 straight wins to start the season.
"We hoped (the loss) would be a nonleague game," he joked. "It's tough to stay unbeaten. But sometimes you need that defeat taste in your mouth."
Richland possessed well in the first half, even though it was a long ball that gave the Bombers their first break.
Richland forward Bria Caldwell broke a scoreless tie in the 68th minute after running onto a back-line boot from defender Sydni Jamerson at midfield. Caldwell had a step on two LC defenders and played the ball perfectly against Bears' goalkeeper Sarah Wood, taking one big dribble just past midfield to draw Wood off her line.
Once Wood got close, however, Caldwell tapped the ball around her and caught up with it just in time to guide it into the LC net.
"After we scored, there was a sense of relief, but then they got one back. We obviously would have wanted a shootout. We needed a sense of urgency," said Caldwell, a senior who finished the year with 17 goals and 10 assists and is an all-area team shoe in. But all that pales next to a season-ending loss.
"It's disappointing. We worked hard to get here," Caldwell said.
Even trailing 1-0 with the end of regulation in sight, the Bears never panicked.
"It motivated us even more," Galland said. "In most of our games, we've been in that position."
After the final whistle blew, the Richland side fell dead silent. Senior defender Chynna Dickey fell to her knees and buried her face in her jersey, not wanting to accept that the Bombers were done.
"It's kind of a shock. When it happens so quickly like that, the girls still have to process it," Elfering said. "When you really notice is when you don't have practice the next day."
Scoring--1, R, Bria Caldwell (Sydni Jamerson), 68:00; 2, LC, Gaby Kennedy (Madisen Stewart), 74:00; 3, LC, Devyn Galland (Stewart), 78:00. Shots--LC 7, R 12. Saves--LC, Sarah Wood 4. R, Shelby Long 2.
Chiawana 1, Gonzaga Prep 0
Chiawana defender Ashley Kelly beat Gonzaga Prep goalkeeper Christie Tombari with a shot to the upper left corner in the 26th minute, and Riverhawks keeper Carmen Avila made several game-saving stops in a 4A regional win in Spokane.
The win earned Chiawana its first-ever trip to state, and Hawks coach Rich Zoller praised several members of his young team, which will play host to Lewis and Clark on Tuesday.
"Our midfield has been a work in progress all year, but they played well today -- especially Katie Arendt and Kendyl Reynolds," Zoller said. "Defenders Lexi Ellingsen and Danika Pink did a good job bottling up a good goal scorer in Ashley Ames."
Avila made just three saves, but all of them were important. She dove to stop a first-half breakaway and then made another diving save in the closing minutes.
"This definitely gives us some confidence, especially after losing two in a row to Richland," Zoller said.
Scoring--1, C, Ashley Kelly (Kendyl Reynolds), 26:00. Shots--C 9, GP 5. Saves--C, Carmen Avila 3. GP, Christie Tombari 5.
Mt. Spokane 3, Southridge 2
Southridge dominated the first half of play, getting three solid shots on goal with nothing to show for it, but Mt. Spokane forward Alli Floyd scored two quick goals to open the second half en route to a 3A regional win in Kennewick.
"We let them hang around, and we paid for it," Suns coach Riley Dodson said. "We look forward to the opportunity to play them again. I don't think the girls are too happy with their performance today."
The Suns still earned the No. 2 seed to the 3A state tournament and will play host to Hanford in a first-round game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
"We beat (Hanford) pretty good the first time, and they got us the second time," said Southridge coach Riley Dodson. "I think it will be an open and attacking game. It's lose and go home with the two (CBBN 3A) MVPs (Kie Johnson of the Falcons and Heather Johnson of the Suns) on the same field."
Scoring--1, MtS, Alli Floyd (Shelby Hunter), 44:00; 2, MtS, Floyd (Mikayla Wolf), 48:00; 3, S, Heather Johnson (Kat Tsoukalas), 53:00; 4, MtS, Jessica Porterfield (Katie Nilsson), 60:00; 5, S, Megan Sorenson, 67:00. Shots--MtS 9, S 14. Saves--MtS, Whitney Mundell 12. S, Ingrid Stein 6.
Hanford 1, West Valley 0
Kie Johnson's free kick from 30 yards out at the 78-minute mark sailed past the goalie and into the right corner of the net, giving Hanford a 3A regional victory over visiting West Valley of Yakima.
The Rams outshot the Falcons 11-4. But Hanford's back line of Johnson, Kendall Riddelle, Heather Baddley and Sydney Shintaffer -- plus keeper Emily Busselman -- kept the Rams from scoring.
This is the first trip to state for Hanford since 2002.
Scoring--1, H, Kie Johnson, 78:00. Shots--WV 11, H 4. Saves--WV, Rozlyn Pratt 0, Stephanie Gibson 1; H, Emily Busselman 5.
Othello 2, Pullman 0
Alexis Martinez scored a second-half goal and assisted on Daisy Salgado's goal in the first 27 seconds, lifting Othello to a win at Pullman and a berth in the 2A state tournament.
The Huskies stole the opening kickoff from the Greyhounds and quickly took advantage.
"It took me off guard, but it really took the wind out of their sails," Othello coach Kevin McDonald said.
Scoring--1, O, Daisy Salgado (Alexis Martinez), 1:00; 2, O, Martinez (Lindsay Garza), 72:00. Shots--O 20, P 21. Saves--O, Allesha Reyes 17. P, Emily VanOrden 7, Dakota Wickard 8.