High School Soccer

Kamiakin falls 2-1 in shootout

KENNEWICK -- A week ago, the Kamiakin girls soccer team positioned itself for a regional championship by beating Mt. Spokane 2-1 in a shootout up in Spokane.

The Wildcats didn't forget.

They went one better on Tuesday, in fact, ending the Braves' season on Kamiakin's home turf in a 2-1 shootout victory.

"I can't put it into words. I've played so hard and so long for four years here," said Braves senior defender Macy Brannan. "Everybody here has been so great, and we're all a family. I'm really going to miss these guys."

Mt. Spokane (11-7) will travel to Seattle on Saturday to face Eastside Catholic in the 3A quarterfinals. The Wildcats are making their third consecutive trip to state and fourth in the last five seasons.

Mt. Spokane outshot Kamiakin 7-5. Braves goalkeeper Sydnee Grant made seven saves, while Wildcats' keeper Whittni Mundel stopped five shots.

Brannan was the heart of another strong Kamiakin team that made its 17th state appearance and fifth in the last 10 years. She is the third of four Brannan sisters that have made an indelible impression on Braves soccer through the years.

Whitney, a forward who recently completed a record-setting career at Eastern Washington, was one of the Big Nine's top playmakers from 2004-07. She just left EWU as the career leader in goals and assists.

Next was Brianna, an all-CBBN defender who played important roles in two trips to the Final Four in Lakewood in 2006 and 2009.

The youngest is Kyra, a junior who has established herself as one of the top scorers in the CBBN with 11 goals and nine assists.

Macy, a two-time all-CBBN honoree, may not get the spotlight, but she's critical to the team's success.

"Mt. Spokane played well. They kept us busy on defense," said Braves coach Chris Erikson. "In the second half we got Macy to start pushing everybody up."

The teams played scoreless through regulation and overtime before Mt. Spokane outpointed Kamiakin in the shootout 4-3.

"We owned the first half. We should've won the game," Brannan said. "We could only score on combinations. We just couldn't connect."

Shootout goals (Mt. Spokane 4-3)--MtS, Alyssa Lloyd, Sydney Nelson, Ashlee Pederson, Karissa Yedica. K, Megan Young, Chandra Stevenson, Alisha Nguyen. Shots--MtS 7, K 5. Saves--MtS, Whittni Mundel 5. K, Sydnee Grant 7.

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