Tyee, Seattle Christian in title games | 2A, 1A Boys Soccer
Freshman goalkeeper Alan Mora turned aside three of four penalty kicks to lift Tyee to a 1-0 semifinal win over Sedro-Woolley.
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SUMNER — Tyee's dream season continues.
Freshman goalkeeper Alan Mora, stepping in for injured starter Carlos Reyes for a shootout, turned aside three of four penalty kicks to lift Tyee to a 1-0 state 2A semifinal win over Sedro-Woolley Friday night, putting the Totems in Saturday's 4 p.m. state-championship match.
Tyee (15-4-1) had never won a state postseason match before this season and last reached state in 1982.
What does advancing to the state final, to face Cheney, feel like?
"Euphoric, amazing, beyond belief," said first-year coach Allen Rider. "Both teams fought hard. It was a battle all the way through the extra 10 (minutes)."
Reyes, a senior, suffered dislocated cartilage in his nose during the frantic final minute of regulation. He remained in goal for two overtime periods before deferring to Mora.
"He's my hero for tonight," Reyes said of Mora. "I couldn't believe it. Three stops. I was amazed."
Neibu Kinfu, Liam Maginniss and Ever Palma converted all three of Tyee's chances in the penalty-kick shootout while Mora stonewalled three of four attempts by Sedro-Woolley (15-6-2).
"I was a little scared — excited, too," Mora said.
"I knew I could probably do this. In practice, I would do this a lot. But this was different. This was for the school, to go to the final. This is great."
Cheney 3, Ridgefield 0
The Blackhawks (19-2), 2A runners-up four of the past five seasons, advanced to their latest final on goals by Ian Scimandle, Micah Weller and Trevan Estrellado. The Spudders fell to 18-4-1.
Seattle Christian 4, Okanogan 3
An own goal by Okanogan in the 73rd minute broke a 3-3 tie and gave Seattle Christian a 1A semifinal win.
The Warriors (19-1) trailed 2-0 but scored three straight on goals by Trent Siedenburg (49th minute, assisted by Keaton Kerr), Grant Fremmerlid (a header in the 51st minute on throw-in by Austin Baucom) and a penalty kick by Joshua Gehrke (67th minute).
Okanogan (13-9) tied it in the 69th minute, but Seattle Christian's Cody Gunhus pressured an Okanogan defender into misplaying a clearing pass for an own goal.
"We played a good first half but had a few breakdowns that cost us dearly," said Warriors coach David Peters. "We expect a tough match from Chelan, so we'll have to be sharp."
Lynden Christian 0
First-half goals by Erik Garcia and Eleazar Galvan put Chelan (19-3-1), the 2012 runner-up, back in the 1A title match. Lynden Christian finished 14-7-3.