Goal with 48 seconds left lifts Puyallup past Cascade, 2-1 | 4A Girls Soccer
Hannah Ornes' second goal of the match, with 48 seconds remaining, gave the Vikings a victory and a spot in the state quarterfinals.
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EVERETT — The Puyallup girls soccer team needed all 80 minutes Tuesday night to beat Cascade in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Sophomore midfielder Hannah Ornes scored with 48 seconds left, sending the Vikings to the quarterfinals this weekend against the winner of Wednesday's Skyline-Union match.
The exciting finish was the culmination of a momentum swing for Puyallup (15-2-2). The Vikings failed to get a shot on goal in the first half, letting Cascade's defense dictate the pace.
Cascade (14-3-3) struck first in the 44th minute, with senior midfielder Denae Weigelt sneaking a goal into the left corner.
Weigelt's goal appeared to motivate the Vikings, who took over the possession battle and began creating opportunities to equalize.
In the 65th minute, Ornes scored when senior forward Allison Shelton's pass drew goalkeeper Rachel Leupold out of position, setting Ornes up for a tap-in.
With overtime imminent, Puyallup used a designed play to set up Ornes' game-winner. She got open in front of the goal by creating a decoy on a corner kick. Cascade's defense was drawn outside the box, giving Ornes a clean look that she capitalized on.
"(Ornes) was able to hang right in the middle because nobody was thinking to mark," Puyallup coach Matt White said. "They were looking to press and get out of the box ... Hannah, under all that pressure, makes a great finish and just happens to be the one player who's found in the middle."
Puyallup is one of only two teams to score more than one goal against Cascade this season. Edmonds-Woodway also did it on Sept. 6.
White knows his team isn't a scoring machine, though. That's why Puyallup fought so hard to keep possession.
"We are not a high-scoring juggernaut," he said. "We're really trying to move the ball, play the ball. (Cascade) is just a big athletic group, so you can see why they don't give up goals. For us it's about ball movement."