After a week that involved two shoot outs and a final record of 3-0 in the KingCo tournament, the Mercer Island girls soccer team advanced to the state tournament. The team will travel to Kennewick for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Kamiakin, the No. 2 seed from Districts 5/8. The match will be played at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.
To earn a spot in the state tournament, Mercer Island beat Bellevue in a shoot out on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Interlake in another bout of penalty kicks on Thursday, Nov. 1. The team then went on to play Nathan Hale on Saturday, Nov. 3, earning a 3-1 win.
Playing at Ingraham High School, against Nathan Hale, the Islanders hit the mark first when Laura Harrison scored, assisted by Kianna Chang in the 20th minute. Just 10 minutes later, Joelle Antilla scored, assisted by goalie Corey Goelz to lift the Islanders to the 2-0 lead.
After the break at halftime, Harrison scored her second goal of the game, this time assisted by Marissa Hammerstrom in the 60th minute.
Nathan Hale scored its only goal of the game in the 65th minute when Molly Hazelhurst scored an unassisted goal.
The Islanders hosted Interlake in the KingCo tournament on Nov. 1.
In a very tight battle, Interlake scored first when Emma Bergstrom put the ball past Mercer Island’s Corey Goelz on a rebound from a save, to give the Saints a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. A minute later, on the Islanders next possession, Laura Harrison, assisted by Marissa Hammerstrom scored to tie the match 1-1.
Shortly after halftime, Michele Day sprinted the ball downfield and scored, assisted by Hammerstrom in the 49th minute giving the Islanders the 2-1 lead.
Despite their best efforts, a second Interlake goal was scored in the 65th minute, this time by Karissa Shapard and the game remained tied at the end of regulation.
After two overtime periods, with several solid goal scoring chances for both teams, the game was still tied and went to penalty kicks.
Bergstrom scored on her attempt, but Hammerstrom also made hers tying the PK’s at 1-1. Goelz saved the next two Interlake shots while Kianna Chang made her goal, giving Mercer Island a 2-1 edge. Day’s kick went high over the goal, but Goelz saved the shot by Sarah Williams. Mercer Island’s Jamie Mounger needed to score in order to give the Islanders the win, and she made it, lifting the team to the 3-2 final score.
Against Bellevue in the first game of the tournament, the Islanders jumped out to the early lead, when Kianna Chang scored in the fifth minute.
Head coach Terry Ryan said the team was playing “quite well” and had several scoring chances, but in the 50th minute Bellevue scored to tie the game 1-1.
The game remained tied and went into overtime, when Laura Harrison almost hit the mark to end the game, but just missed. The match went into penalty kicks after no goals were scored in overtime. Three from Mercer Island were able to score; Marissa Hammerstrom, Chang and Amanda Wall, while Bellevue had two shots go over the goal, Islander goalie Corey Goelz blocked as shot and another hit the bar. Mercer Island earned the win with a 2-1 final score.
If Mercer Island beats Kamiakin on Monday evening, the team will play against the winner of the Mount Spokane and Enumclaw. A loss would end the Islanders season.