Inglemoor outscored Puyallup 6-5 in the shootout for a 4-3 victory that sends the KingCo champ to the Class 4A quarterfinals.
BOTHELL — Christian Nesselquist never gave up hope with his Inglemoor boys soccer team down 2-0 Tuesday night at Pop Keeney Stadium.
Nesselquist provided the winning penalty kick as Inglemoor rallied for a 4-3 overtime shootout win over Puyallup in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
“We were playing well, but we just got two unlucky goals on us and we got those back,” said Nesselquist.
“That was definitely the biggest comeback I’ve had in my life, and I think that goes for everyone else.”
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Inglemoor (12-2-1) meets Wednesday’s Mariner-Jefferson winner in the quarterfinals this weekend. It’s the first time since 2007 that Inglemoor has won a state-playoff match.
Puyallup, which fell in the quarterfinals to Bellarmine Prep last year, finished 13-3-3.
Puyallup struck for two quick goals less than two minutes apart to take 2-0 lead in the 12th minute. Both came off corner kicks, by Isak Visser and Tanner Vogt.
Mehron Abdi cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 34-minute mark after a scramble near the left post, and Inglemoor knotted the score at 2-2 on Kyle Zimmerman’s goal in the 48th minute.
Blake McMillian gave Puyallup a brief 3-2 lead in the 75th minute, but less than 30 seconds later Derek Kuhn headed in a cross by Rio Alcorta to tie the match at 3-3.
Puyallup keeper Jack Rose nearly blew it 23 seconds into the second overtime session, fouling Oliver Fahling in the penalty area. But Inglemoor’s Abdi fired the ensuing penalty kick toward the upper right corner only to have Rose tip the shot over the bar.