The Storm took almost an entire half to finally score, then pulled away to beat the Vikings and advance to the state semifinals.

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VANCOUVER — Sometimes, exploring new places can be scary. Just ask the ball used in Saturday’s boys soccer match between Skyview and Lake Stevens.

For 39 minutes, it avoided going in the back of the net, but it once it got there — it discovered it liked it quite a bit.

Skyview downed Lake Stevens 3-0 in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at Kiggins Bowl despite needing almost an entire half to get on the board. Once the Storm did, however, there was little disputing who had the better team.

“I feel like we did a good job holding them and controlling them for a long time,” Lake Stevens coach Kit Shanholtzer said. “But after a while, the better-skilled team is going to win.”

Skyview’s first goal came shortly after Storm forward Austin Horner was taken out in the penalty box, which set up a penalty kick by Cole Howard that gave his team a 1-0 lead. In the 62nd minute, Howard passed to Horner, who slipped it past the Lake Stevens goalkeeper to put the Storm ahead 2-0. About four minutes later, Skyview forward Garrett Bredy connected on a goal from about 15 yards to make it 3-0.

Skyview will meet the Central Valley of Spokane in the semifinals Friday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

If Lake Stevens seemed out of rhythm on the field, there was good reason. The Vikings’ bus broke down in Federal Way. The match was delayed about 30 minutes to allow Lake Stevens to warm up.

Ideal? Not so much. But …

“No excuses,” Shanholtzer said. “They were good. Dang it, they were good.”