Eatonville’s Ryan Stammen, seen here in a match earlier in the season, would score the clinching goal in penalty kicks against Hoquiam to give the Cruisers a 3-2 win.
The Eatonville Cruisers girls soccer team had an eventful week, splitting their two matches with a loss and a thrilling win. On Tuesday, the Cruisers faced Montesano and came up short with a 2-0 loss.
"We felt the score didn't reflect how close the game was — as we had many opportunities to score and just couldn't put it away,” said interim head coach Machaela Swartout .
In their Thursday night match against Hoquiam, the Cruisers faced a much-improved opponent and engaged in a tightly contested battle. Despite amassing around 30 shots on goal, the ball seemed elusive until they finally broke through. The match concluded with a 2-2 tie in regulation, leading to a penalty shootout. The Cruisers emerged victorious, winning 4-2 in penalties, thanks to the stellar goalkeeping of Tierney Amaral and successful penalty kicks by Haley Courson, Mary Van Eaton, Caedence Dunn, and Ryan Stammen, who scored the clinching goal.
With two regular-season games remaining, the Cruisers are set to defend their home turf. On Monday, they faced the Elma Eagles, and on Wednesday, they will wrap up the week against the Tenino Beavers. Both opponents had previously been shut out by the Cruisers earlier in the season. Both matches will be held at B.W. Lyon Field. The Tenino match starts at 6 p.m.