The St. George’s boys soccer team wasn’t about to let an early two-goal deficit keep it from closing out its impressive season with a win.
After Mark Phillips scored twice within a couple of minutes to give Bear Creek a 2-0 halftime advantage, the Dragons roared back in the second half and beat the Grizzlies 3-2 to take third place at the State 2B/1B tournament Saturday in Sumner, Wash.
Erik Muelheims converted a header with 16 seconds left to give St. George’s the come-from-behind victory. Bear Creek, making its third consecutive appearance at state, took fourth place.
The comeback started when Karl Muelheims scored with about 15 minutes left to play to cut Bear Creek’s lead. Eight minutes later, Camus Chapman scored from 35 yards. The Grizzlies’ keeper tipped it, but the ball hit the crossbar and trickled into the net.
The Dragons finished the season at 15-3-1 and won nine of their final 10.
Archbishop Murphy scored twice early in the second half and beat East Valley 2-0 at the State 2A tournament at Shoreline Stadium in Seattle. The Wildcats took third place and the Knights claimed fourth.
Archbishop Murphy dominated from the start, but East Valley keeper Caitlin MacFarlane kept the Knights alive. MacFarlane made 11 saves in a scoreless first half.
The Wildcats scored in the 43rd minute and again in the 49th minute for the game’s only two goals. East Valley, which fell to Archbishop Murphy 4-0 in last year’s game for third and fourth, was outshot 22-5.
After a slow start to the season, the Knights won 10 of their final 11 matches and finished with a 16-7 record.
• University Prep’s 10th-minute goal proved to be the difference as the Pumas blanked Newport 1-0 in the consolations finals of the State 1A tournament at Shoreline Stadium.
University Prep claimed third place and the Grizzlies settled for fourth. It was an impressive showing at state for teams that were shut out in the first round of state last year.
The Pumas outshot Newport 24-2.
Newport finished the season at 19-4.
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