Gig Harbor tops Issaquah on penalty kick in 2nd OT
Tanner Stepp buried the penalty kick into an empty left corner of the net as Issaquah standout goalkeeper Saif Kerwala dove the opposite way, giving the eighth-ranked Tides a 1-0 win over Issaquah on Tuesday night in a Class 4A first-round state match at Gary Moore Stadium.
Special to The Seattle Times
ISSAQUAH – Time was winding down in the second five-minute golden-goal overtime. The whistle blew. The crowd fell silent.
And the only sound the third-ranked Issaquah High School boys soccer team could hear was one of disbelief.
After the Eagles’ Jeff Shipley was called for fouling Gig Harbor’s Ike Northstrom in the penalty area with about 30 seconds left in the 90th minute, the impending doom was tangible.
Tanner Stepp buried the ensuing penalty kick into an empty left corner of the net as Issaquah standout goalkeeper Saif Kerwala dove the opposite way, giving the eighth-ranked Tides a 1-0 win over Issaquah on Tuesday night in a Class 4A first-round state match at Gary Moore Stadium.
“I didn’t even want to believe it when (Stepp’s PK) went in,” Issaquah first-year coach Kyle Tatro said. “I still thought (Kerawala) had a good chance of saving it.
“It’s next to impossible to save a PK, but even so I knew we had a great chance of coming out on top in that situation.”
The Tides entered off two bi-district losses and owned an 0-2-1 record in their last three matches, but this more than atoned for the recent skid.
“I placed the ball down, and before that I knew which way I was going to go,” said Stepp, a junior who has made a PK against the imposing 6-foot-3 Kerawala previously. “I lined it up, took my steps like I always do and took a deep breath just like I always do and waited for the whistle.
“I hit it clean, and it found the back of the net.”
Gig Harbor (14-3-1) faces Kentwood, a 1-0 winner over Garfield, in the state quarterfinals Friday or Saturday. In a 2-1 bi-district shootout loss to Kentwood, Stepp missed his team’s first penalty kick.
Issaquah finished the season 12-2-1 after winning the KingCo 4A title match for the first time in school history.
The Eagles, who put the pressure on in the second half with effective attacking, were making just the third state appearance in school history. But it ended much quicker than they expected.