University Prep knocks off Seattle Christian to take 1A championship | Girls soccer
The Pumas overwhelmed the previously undefeated Warriors in the 3-2 win.
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SHORELINE — University Prep joined an elite group just by scoring on Seattle Christian, as only two teams had managed to do so previously this season.
But by beating the Warriors, U-Prep did what no other team could, winning the Class 1A state championship Saturday at Shoreline Stadium with a 3-2 win.
Seattle Christian (20-1) has 18 shutouts this season, but U-Prep (17-2-1) overwhelmed its defense from the start.
For the first 25 minutes of the match, the Pumas kept the ball mostly on Seattle Christian's side of the field, and it was only a matter of time before the Warriors cracked.
Claire O'Brien scored an unassisted goal for U-Prep in the 23rd minute for the first lead.
But Seattle Christian responded well to the unfamiliar territory of trailing; Saturday was just the second time it has been behind in a match this year. The Warriors scored back-to-back goals before halftime, but U-Prep's Alex Wilson followed with the equalizer in the 37th minute.
U-Prep stuck to pressing the Seattle Christian defense in the second half, and in the 57th minute, senior Ayana O'Neal scored the goal that ultimately won the championship.
"The whole game I felt we were the better side," U-Prep coach Alec Duxbury said. "I didn't really feel that worried when we'd go down a goal. I felt like we'd get another and we'd come back."
Preoccupied with stopping the Pumas' offense in the second half, Seattle Christian was unable to get in position to score a goal of its own.
"That's best talent that we've seen, so it took a little bit of getting used to," Seattle Christian coach Melissa Dunckley said of U-Prep. "It took us out of our rhythm for part of the first half, and we couldn't quite get it back in the second half."
The championship is U-Prep's first since 2004, when it also beat Seattle Christian for the title.
King's 2, Cashmere 0
King's (20-3) midfielder Mackenzie Graham scored in the second minute, and Olivia Baker added another on a free kick from the top of the penalty area in the 70th.
Cashmere (15-5) had just one shot on goal, making it easy on King's goalie Takara Mitsui, who earned the shutout.