A shot in the 71st minute by Archbishop Murphy was barely turned away, as the Wildcats fell to the unbeaten Spartans in the quarterfinals.
SUMNER — Close. Just not close enough.
With Archbishop Murphy trailing 1-0 late in a Class 2A girls soccer quarterfinal, a high shot by senior forward Shelby Koch was caught by Sumner goalkeeper Jamie Lange.
Archbishop Murphy coach Mike Bartley thought the shot might have carried Lange’s outstretched arms over the goal’s end line before she brought the ball out.
It would have been only the third goal top-ranked Sumner had allowed all season. Was the shot, in the 71st minute, a goal?
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“She turned that way,” Bartley said while gesturing with both arms, as if holding a ball. “So I would say so. But they didn’t call it.”
The end result: a 1-0 Sumner win at Sunset Chev Stadium, advancing the Spartans (19-0) to the semifinals Friday at Shoreline Stadium against No. 4 Squalicum (19-1-1).
Archbishop Murphy, which defeated Sumner 1-0 on a corner kick in the quarterfinals a year ago, finished 20-2.
Sumner scored when sophomore Alyssa Murray bent in a corner kick in the 47th minute, the fourth corner she’s converted for a goal this season, said Sumner coach Robi Turley.
“And we’ve only scored two goals off of her corner,” Turley said. “So we joke, ‘Well, we can’t score; I guess Alyssa has to do it herself.’ “
Archbishop Murphy applied steady pressure in the second half but could not break through against Lange.
“I’m very proud of the way they handled themselves at the end,” Bartley said. “We were playing as physical as they could and were trying to match their tempo. We just came up unlucky. Oh, well. Those are the breaks of the game.”
Bartley praised his team’s overall effort.
“There were moments when everyone had a piece of brilliance,” he said.
Turley was likewise pleased with Sumner’s play.
“We came out for the second half and we wanted to play for the win,” she said. “We wanted to get a goal in the first 10 minutes and work our butts off from there. That’s pretty much what we did.”