University Prep, Seattle Christian reach 1A final | Girls Soccer
U-Prep edged King's 1-0 and Seattle Christian overpowered Cashmere 4-0 to advance to Saturday's Class 1A state-championship game.
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SHORELINE — When the season began, Lindsay Wilson was a sophomore forward for University Prep.
Friday, she stood tall in net, recording a shutout in the Class 1A state girls soccer semifinals. And today, she'll be the starting goalkeeper as the Pumas seek their third state championship.
Behind strong defense, a handful of saves by Wilson and a shot that barely sneaked into the net, University Prep defeated King's 1-0 Friday at Shoreline Stadium.
The Pumas (16-2-1) will play Seattle Christian for the title at 2 p.m. today. King's (20-4) plays Cashmere at 10 a.m. for third.
Wilson began the year as University Prep's third goalkeeper. But after losing their starter to a concussion, and their backup last weekend to a broken collarbone, the sophomore was called into action.
"I had three days of practice to get my goalie skills all honed in," she said.
Although she admittedly was nervous, Wilson never showed it.
"We needed her to give what she could give, and she did," U-Prep coach Alec Duxbury said of Wilson.
India Jencks provided the lone goal in the 31st minute. After a pass from Claire O'Brien, Jencks put a left-footed strike on the ball from 15 yards out. The high, looping shot went over the head of King's goalkeeper Takara Mitsui, off the inside of the right goal post and in.
"Truthfully, if you gave her 100 balls and asked her to score that same goal, she'd maybe get one or two," Duxbury said. "But she got that one when it counted."
King's spent most of the final 15 minutes on the Pumas' side of the field, but couldn't find an equalizer.
Seattle Christian 4, Cashmere 0
Seattle Christian is back in a familiar spot — the state-championship game.
The Warriors (20-0), who have a record eight titles in girls soccer, will go for No. 9 after beating Cashmere (15-4).
The Warriors wasted little time finding the net. In the fourth minute, Megan Nielsen's ball into the 18-yard box found Faith Pizzey, who got behind a Cashmere defender. Pizzey easily chipped the ball past Cashmere keeper Zelia Zahir from 10 yards out.
In the 30th minute, Nielsen again found a teammate open in the box. This time, it was Abigail Kim, who fired a rocket into the upper-right corner. Nielsen got a goal of her own in the 62nd minute, and Mikayla Wrolstad added one in the 71st.
Goalkeeper Erin Swain and the Warriors clamped down on defense for their 18th shutout this season.