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Westview edges Thurston in quarters

The Wildcats come back from two goals down to win 3-2 on Saturday

ROCK CREEK - The road to the state championship is rarely smooth or easy.

And it's no cakewalk getting to the semifinals either.

Westview found that out first-hand on Saturday, rallying from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 in the state quarterfinals at Westview High School.

'Thurston came out hard and physical to start the match (and) they beat (us) to the ball,' said Westview coach Chris Martin. But 'the second half was all Westview.'

Thurston managed just five shots in the match, but managed to score on two of those in the first half and took what appeared to be a commanding 2-0 lead into the break.

The Wildcats gathered themselves there, however, came out refocused for the final 40 minutes and began to battle back into contention.

The Wildcats got the scoring started when senior forward Keirra Butts worked the ball along the endline then fed it across the front of the goal to fellow senior forward Jill Thomas. Thomas knocked the ball into the wide-open net 14 minutes into the second half and cut the deficit to 2-1.

Westview tied the game 11 minutes later after Thurston was whistled for holding one of the Wildcats in the Colts' penalty box and sophomore forward Jayden McMillan converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the game.

Two minutes later, the Wildcats moved in front. This time Thomas stole the ball off a Thurston defender, spun around, and launched a hard shot at the goal. The Colt keeper got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it from rolling into the net, and from there, the Wildcats held on for the final 13 minutes to preserve the win.

'The turning point was probably the PK,' Martin said. 'Even though Westview had picked up the tempo, the PK took the wind out of Thurston.'

Thurston, the champion of Special District 1 and the sixth-ranked team in the state, finished its year at 13-2-2.