Anna DeWeirdt wasn't going to let the chance slip away. The junior forward knew what was riding on her right leg. Another shot at bringing...
PUYALLUP — Anna DeWeirdt wasn’t going to let the chance slip away.
The junior forward knew what was riding on her right leg. Another shot at bringing the Skyline girls soccer program a fourth state title.
DeWeirdt and the fourth-ranked and defending Class 4A state champion Spartans broke through in the 74th minute and downed sixth-ranked Puyallup 1-0 Saturday night in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at Sparks Stadium.
Open outside the right post, DeWeirdt buried a 13-yard shot into the upper left corner of the net in the 74th minute to break a scoreless tie. The score came off a cross on the left corner from sophomore Amanda Johnston.
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The blast gave Skyline (15-1-3) its fifth consecutive trip to the semifinals.
“I just had to keep calm and know where to place it,” DeWeirdt said. “I knew we were going to get one (goal). … All four years I’ve been here, we’ve played in the semifinals. We don’t know anything other than that.”
Skyline meets Tahoma, a 2-1 quarterfinal winner over Curtis, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday at Sparks Stadium.
Puyallup (15-3-2) was outshot 14-3 and could never mount a threat at the offensive end.
“The girls really pulled together and played a complete game,” Skyline coach Don Braman said. “I thought the important part here, and what sometimes goes overlooked, was we were very good defensively.
“All of the girls created pressure and kept the heat off our goalkeepers.”
Emily Baril started in goal for the Spartans and Jaeden Chew played the second half. Baril and Chew shared the school’s ninth shutout of the season.
Puyallup had registered just its second state-playoff win in eight trips with Tuesday’s 2-1 comeback road win over Cascade of Everett in first-round action.