Just 16 hours before Tenino’s winner-to-state, loser-out match against Elma on Saturday, the Beavers found out they’d be playing without three starters and three reserves.
Tenino pulled up junior varsity freshmen to the varsity squad then delivered a 2-1 knockout punch to league rival Elma to claim 1A District 4’s third and final berth to the state tournament.
It couldn’t have been any sweeter for the Beavers, who had lost twice to the Eagles during the regular season, first 1-0 on Sept. 30, then 2-1 on Oct. 19.
“It was all about heart and intensity,” Tenino coach Kevin Schultz said. “Awesome performance. So proud of the girls. They wanted to keep the season alive and I’m really excited for them.”
With six varsity players out for this match, the Beavers were forced to use JV freshmen for every substitution they made. And everyone, from seniors to freshmen, stepped up.
Junior Kamryn Oliviera scored in the third minute off an assist from Morgan Miner, then senior Trista Shoop scored her first-ever varsity goal in the 13th minute, also from an assist from Miner.
The Beavers’ defense cinched down to preserve the win as Elma scored its lone goal in the 84th minute.
With keeper Trinity Tafoya out, Abby Severse went back into goal and made a couple crucial saves.
“Abby was solid and directed our team,” Schultz said.
The Beavers improve to 14-5 overall and will now await the WIAA’s state seeding, set to be announced on Sunday.