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Curtis ends Redmond's season with 2-1 girls soccer win
There were tears. Then laughter. Then tears again.
A wave of emotions overtook the Redmond High girls soccer players following their 2-1 season-ending loss to Curtis High on Tuesday night in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on the Mustangs' home pitch.
Redmond (11-5-2 overall), which defeated Skyline, 1-0, to win the 4A Kingco title last week, ran up against a strong Curtis team and fell behind, 1-0, after freshman Morgan Weaver's first goal in the 45th minute.
Mustang senior Kristin Hayman evened the score in the 52nd minute when she lunged toward a Sidney Nilsen shot on goal and headed it past the diving keeper. Weaver scored again in the 61st minute and the Tacoma team held on until the end.
"Coming back after a goal or two down is always great. Sometimes those goals feel better than scoring when you're not behind," Hayman said.
Hayman was proud of her teammates for pressuring the Curtis defense throughout the match. Senior Andrea Larson got a couple shots off, junior Sierra Bilginer unleashed a few dangerous crosses, and at one point, about five Mustangs all took a crack at the ball, which bounced from Redmond to Curtis players near the visitors' goal but was eventually cleared.
"We're just gonna come back from anything or at least fight to the end, so I think we definitely had that to be proud of," Hayman said. "But I think everyone will say that this result, as far as our state run, is disappointing."
Added junior Kelsey Costello: "We worked really hard — I guess sometimes you come up short. I think it definitely shows that Redmond is a force to be reckoned with. It shows that we belong in the state tournament and we can do well as a school and as a team."
Costello and Hayman said the girls worked well together, believed in each other and themselves and pulled through at the right time — like in their 4A Kingco championship triumph.
Perseverance was key to Redmond's successful season, coach Patrick Scheibe said, and he feels the girls will benefit from that quality on and off the soccer pitch.
"I couldn't be prouder of the girls. This group really had a wealth of fun times together. It was a team that found a way. And that's a great thing in soccer and athletics, but it carries on (in life)," he said.
• Ten Redmond players notched all-league honors after being selected by their 4A Kingco opponents:
First team — Kennedy Kieneker, defender; Costello, midfield; Bilginer, forward
Second team — Marianna Castro, goalkeeper; Hayman, midfield; Larson, forward
Honorable mention — Veronica Chung, defender; Caroline French, defender; Marisa Messina, goalkeeper; Nilsen, midfield