Glacier Peak claims Wesco 4A girls soccer crown | Soccer
Grizzlies rally to stun Timberwolves 2-1 in double overtime thriller
Last updated 11/1/2019 at 11:18am
The Glacier Peak girls soccer team celebrated its first league title in nine years with a 1-0 victory over Monroe in the final Wesco 4A regular season game Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Monroe High School.
The Grizzlies, who claimed the Wesco 3A crown in 2010, finished atop the league with a 13-1-0 record (14-1-1 overall). Lake Stevens, which handed Glacier Peak its only loss of the season, took second with a 11-1-2 league mark (12-1-3 overall).
Of all the 13 league wins this season, Glacier Peak's 2-1 double overtime stunner over Jackson on Thursday, Oct. 17, might just be one of the team's defining moments.
After a scoreless first half in which the Grizzlies had several scoring opportunities, Hannah Thompson booted a long free kick that bounced into the goal early in the second half to give the Timberwolves a 1-0 lead.
The goal seemed to shift all the momentum to Jackson and Glacier Peak spent almost all of the second half fending off the Wolfpack attack.
The Timberwolves appeared on their way to the victory with a minute remaining in the game when Glacier Peak sophomore Chloe Seelhoff sprinted through the middle of the field and found the ball right at her feet after a perfect pass from Izzy Thoma. Seelhoff booted the ball past the fast-approaching Jackson goalkeeper to tie the score at 1 and breathe new life into the Grizzlies.
"We were frazzled," Seelhoff said after Jackson took the lead. "We were nervous. It was in our half of the field most of the time. We had to get it up. People started connecting. All of sudden Izzy had the ball and played it right through. I was just there to finish it. I knew we had to do it."
Neither team scored in first overtime period and the teams were still tied as time started to wind down in the second overtime period. Jackson was called for a foul at about the 30-yard line near the right sidelines.
Junior Maddie Seelhoff took the free kick and booted the ball right at sophomore Kate Sprink, who somehow found an opening between three Jackson defenders and headed the ball into the goal for the victory.
"We were really just pushing," Sprink said. "Maddie hit a great ball to me in the air. ... I just headed it into that lower right corner."
Glacier Peak coach Melina Torre was proud of how her team rallied for the victory.
"We have some kids on this team that have the nose for the goal," she said. "We've got great kids. You never know who it's going to be. This time it was Kate coming out of the back. She just wanted the ball. You could tell that. I'm just happy for the kids."
As the league's No. 1 seed, Glacier Peak hosts Kingco No. 2 seed Eastlake in a first-round Wes-King District tournament game at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Glacier Peak High School.