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Trojans sneak by Sumner, into state

LACEY — A lot of things could have prevented Olympic’s girls soccer team from advancing to the 3A WIAA State Girls Soccer Tournament.

After all, the Trojans had been bounced from the postseason the previous two seasons after entering with high hopes.

But Saturday, none of those things did as Olympic edged Sumner 2-1 in overtime to lock up the team’s first state berth since 2000.

After heading into overtime, knotted at 1-1, the Trojans got a big opportunity as Oly’s Lacy Skelly went up for a loose ball in front of Sumner’s goal, popping it up into the air with the keeper challenging as well. But when the ball came down the second time, Skelly did what she needed to.

“Lacy went up with the goal keeper in the air,” Oly coach Steve Haggerty said. “All of the sudden we see the net ripple. We went nuts. Lacy Skelly got the dog pile.”

But the win could easily have been a loss for Oly.

“We scored really early,” Haggerty explained. “We started out moving the ball really well. It seemed about a half-hour into the game the momentum changed. Sumner picked up that momentum.”

After Allie Brown scored to open play in the 13th minute on an assist from Skelly, Sumner’s Jordan Daniels earned a penalty kick against Oly keeper Pepper Fanua. Fanua obstructed Daniels in the box, although Haggerty said the call, while technically fine, could have been left uncalled just as easily.

“(Fanua) was kind of protecting her neck-chest area,” Haggerty said. “But the referee applied the rule the way he saw fit. All I can say is thank God we have Pepper in goal.”

Daniels struck the ball beautifully toward the upper left corner of the net, but Fanua’s reaction was spot on, just deflecting the PK away to preserve the 1-0 Oly lead, Haggerty said.

“Pepper really stepped up in that game,” Haggerty said. “She’s a very complete player. If she doesn’t make that save and Sumner comes back late, we go home 2-1 losers instead of 2-1 winners.”

Sumner tied it late in the second half as Spartan Kelsey Trontignon found the back of the net in the 79th minute. But it was Skelly’s shot in sudden death that made the most difference.

Haggerty said there were plenty of lessons to be learned from the district win.

“Hopefully it taught us the lesson that we need to finish the game,” he said. “We were fortunate to come up with a win.”

Oly overcame the loss of senior midfielder Rachel Haas in the game, who was attending a national softball camp.

The win vaults Olympic into the state tournament for the fifth time in school history, as Oly traveled to the Southwest Athletic Complex at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle for their opening game with undefeated Lakeside (13-0-4 overall).

“They have a very good soccer tradition,” Haggerty said of Lakeside.

The Lions have missed just five state tournaments since 1983, but advanced last year for the first time in three seasons. Still, Lakeside has five state titles to its credit, with the last coming in 2003.

Haggerty welcomed the opportunity to take on one of the state’s very best.

“If you don’t get the opportunity to play those teams then you don’t get the opportunity to beat ’em,” he said. “Hopefully, it should be a ton of fun.”

Results from the game were unavailable at press time. If Olympic won, the Trojans take on the Holy Names-Capital winner today.

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