No. 1 Tahoma crushes Snohomish, 4-0 | 4A Girls Soccer
Kaysha Darcy scored twice, Brie Hooks supplied two assists and Mackenzie Henke had a goal and an assist as the Bears rolled to a 4-0 first-round state playoff victory.
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MAPLE VALLEY — The top-ranked Tahoma girls soccer team has officially shifted into high gear. The Bears certainly didn't idle into the state playoffs.
Kaysha Darcy scored twice, Brie Hooks supplied two assists and Mackenzie Henke had a goal and an assist as Tahoma blasted Snohomish 4-0 Wednesday night in a Class 4A first-round match.
"We've been struggling to find a rhythm, because I think teams are starting to defend us better," said Tahoma coach Jason Johnson. "We've been working on our patience.
"I think we caught our rhythm a little bit. We do have the team speed and team ability. Rhythm is what we've needed."
The Bears (19-0-0) advance to host Curtis (13-2-4) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Snohomish never mounted a consistent attack on offense and finished 12-5-2.
Tahoma outshot the Panthers 20-7.
"We tried to do some homework on them, but we weren't prepared for the kind of offense that they had," said Snohomish coach April VanAssche. "They obviously play to win and step on the field like champions. It's impressive."
Junior Tori Tappero knocked a point-blank shot in the 15th minute to give the Bears a 1-0 lead after two great passes. From the left wing, Paige Hammock found Hooks in the middle and Hooks tapped right to an open Tappero, who was at the right post with an open net.
Darcy knocked in an 8-yard shot at the left post for a 2-0 Tahoma lead in the 30th minute.
Darcy beat Snohomish goalkeeper Taylor Knapinski in the 38th minute for a commanding 3-0 Bears lead, with Hooks collecting her team-best 25th assist of the season.
Henke tallied on a header in the 48th minute, knocking in a rebound shot after hammering a shot off the crossbar and back into play.
Tahoma junior goalkeeper Jenna Sloan recorded her 13th shutout and it was the Bears' 15th overall. They have outscored opponents 84-4 this season.