By Quint Turner
Ashley Routh has been the star throughout the year for the Lady Mavs soccer team, and that continued Saturday as the Mavericks beat the Bishop Blanchet Braves 2-1. The Mavericks managed to come from behind after being down 1-0 for most of the game, thanks to a corner kick by Rosalyn Stapleton that was knocked in by Kendall Raecker. The Braves got their only goal in the game in the first half when confusion in the box by the Mavs led to a shot with Routh out of the goal and the ball rebounded to Blanchet’s Stephanie Spiekerman for an easy goal.
The Mavericks had two early chances to start the first. Sara Fjortoft got a through ball that landed in front of the Braves goalie that Alisa Sagdahl almost headed in, but she was beaten by a defender. Then, a similar play happened on a breakaway for Sagdahl, but she was unable to get a shot away as the keeper swallowed up the ball around the middle of the box. In the 19th minute, the Braves scored their goal as the defense and Routh had miscommunication near the top of the box, and on the clear, the ball went right to a Brave. Her shot was saved by a diving Routh, but Spiekerman was there to put it home.
Sagdahl was flying around after, getting a great cross to go just through the box and then having a shot from a tough angle bounce just wide. The final chance of the half came when Emily Crichlow got a cross-shot on net that was saved by the goalie. Blanchet had a 1-0 lead at half.
Blanchet opened the half with a good chance on a corner that was cleared, but from then on it was mostly Mavericks. Stapleton took a corner in the 48th minute that went back to her, and on her second try, the ball sailed out of bounds. Fjortoft had a shot from the top of the goal box that just went wide moments after. Stapleton got another corner in the 59th that was saved by the goalkeeper before the ball could get to a Maverick. Finally, the Mavericks broke through in the 74th minute thanks to a corner kick by Stapleton that Shouse and a defender fought for, with Shouse winning the battle and putting the tying goal home. Blanchet came quickly back with a shot near the top the box, but the shot was easily saved. Neither team had any chances after so it went to extra time.
In the first half of the 10-minute extra time, Blanchet had the best chance when a corner kick was cleared just barely. The second half featured Crichlow getting a cross from the side of the box with 30 seconds left that was a save, so the game went into penalty kicks.
The Mavericks took the first kick, and it was Sara Fjortoft who slammed the first shot home. Then Blanchet followed, and their first kicker put it past Routh. Up next was Alyssa Navlet, and she scored. However, Routh guessed correctly on the Braves’ kick and saved the shot to make it 2-1 Mavs through two rounds. Sagdahl and her counterpart for Blanchet scored in the third round, but in the fourth, Taylor Monroe-Jones shot her PK wide and then the Braves tied the kicks up at 3-3. In the deciding round, Crichlow buried her PK and then Routh made a diving stop on Blanchet’s last chance, clinching the game for the Mavs.
With the win, the Mavs move on to the semifinals in Puyallap on Friday.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.