By Quint Turner
On a cold night, the Mavericks moved on to the District finals with a win over the Mount Vernon Bulldogs 1-0. Senior Alisa Sagdahl scored the game’s only goal and freshman Ashley Routh recorded a shutout in an impressive win that gave Meadowdale a berth to the 3A state tournament.
Meadowdale mostly dominated the first half early on with good passing. The Mavs’ best chance came in the 12th minute when Rosalyn Stapleton took a corner for MHS. After a scramble in front of the goal, with Sophie Millet chipping up a shot toward the goal that deflected off Bulldog defender Kianahna Norman’s head, the ball hit the crossbar before bouncing away from the net. Then in the 27th minute, a shot from Hannah Shouse was blocked by a Mount Vernon defender and out. Later on in the 32nd minute, Sagdahl got a cross through the box that was deflected near the six-yard box by Erica Beaulieu and just wide of the goal.
Finally, the Maverick pressure was rewarded when Stapleton took the ball just into the box and dropped off a pass to Sagdahl. Her shot from just outside the box went through a defender’s legs and bounced off the post and in past a sprawling Katie Keck. The Bulldogs had a good chance to score in the 37th minute when Darrien Dolquist-Larson got a cross in through the six yard box, but the ball was cleared away by the Mavericks. The Mavs would take the 1-0 lead into the half.
The second half opened with the Mavericks putting the pressure on the Bulldogs. Continuing her stellar play, Emily Crichlow sent a cross through the goal box early, just missing a connection with her teammates as they crashed the goal box but no one got a foot on it. Sagdahl in the 49th minute crossed to Alyssa Navlet, but the bouncing ball was tough to handle and she sent a shot high and wide. A minute later, Meadowdale sweeper Alexa Thompson was hit from behind and her bum knee started acting up again. She left the field and did not return. Meadowdale had some more chances, with most of them being crosses that went through everyone, both offense and defense.
Then Mount Vernon started pushing back. In the 64th minute, Elena Oelfke had a shot from went just wide. Four minutes later, the Bulldogs got their first corner of the game. Grace Lemley’s kick was cleared away to Sonia Ocampo outside the box, who volleyed the ball back in. The ball almost bounced over goalkeeper Routh’s head, but she came down with it after fighting through Bulldogs. Five minutes later, the Bulldogs had their second best chance of the night when a cross by Victoria Divita was deflected by Maverick Tisha Parsley on goal. But Routh saved the day with an incredible diving save to keep the lead.
Finally, in the 80th minute, the Bulldogs got a corner with 0:00 to go in the game. The game cannot be called with the ball off the field however, so Lemley took the corner and the ball curved into the box and off the crossbar. None of the Bulldogs got a head on the ball to tie the game, preserving Meadowdale’s victory.
Meadowdale plays Everett Thursday at Shoreline Stadium at 7:30 p.m. to determine the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds from the District.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.