Kentwood beats Skyview 1-0 to take Class 4A bi-district boys soccer title
Freshman scores winning goal in overtime after two nice passes from his teammates
Special to The Seattle Times
TACOMA — Mason Rudolph understands his place in team hierarchy.
As a freshman on the sixth-ranked Kentwood High School boys soccer team, Rudolph wants just to fit in. That’s unless a dire situation calls for him to stand out.
Rudolph stepped forward with impeccable timing and a winning goal in the 86th minute — one minute into the second overtime — as the Conquerors outlasted top-ranked Skyview of Vancouver 1-0 Saturday in the West Central/Southwest Class 4A bi-district championship at Mount Tahoma High School.
Rudolph elevated Kentwood (13-2-3) to bi-district kingpin with his shot past two defenders and Storm goalkeeper Josh Townsend after an afternoon of perseverance. He scored on a pass from Brandyn Bangsund, who took a header pass from Aidan Gray.
“It was the team’s win, not my win, and that’s really all I want to say,” said Rudolph, who has 11 goals this season. “The team had a great buildup, and I knew the defender, I was on his back shoulder and he couldn’t see me. I knew I could take a chance on the front post.
“It’s kind of surreal. I’m just happy I can help, because we have a good chance to win this thing (Class 4A state).”
Both teams already have qualified for the Class 4A state tournament.
Kentwood advances to a first-round state match either Tuesday or Wednesday against the No. 2 seed from the North Central.
Skyview (16-1-3) will have a first-round state match either Tuesday or Wednesday against the No. 5 seed from Northwest/Sea-King bi-district.
Puyallup 1, Gig Harbor 0
Brad Macdougall, a junior midfielder, broke a scoreless tie in the 74th minute as the Vikings (13-4-1) claimed the bi-district’s No. 3 seed to state.
Goalkeeper Jack Rose registered his ninth shutout of the season against the eighth-ranked Tides (13-3-1).