Tenino recovered from a 2-0 deficit at the half to score two goals within a 10-minute stretch, but a late Forks goal put the Beavers away in a 3-2 road loss Saturday.
“Maybe the long road trip affected us,” Tenino coach Kevin Schultz said. “We started slow but we picked it up as we went.”
The Beavers dug themselves a hole early, allowing Spartan goals in the 12th and 29th minutes to trail 2-0 at the break.
Tenino opened up its offense in the second half, starting with David Espinoza’s header goal off an assist from Chris Ramez.
Ramez notched another assist when he fed Salvador Ontiveros, who knocked in a diving header, one that Schultz said was probably the best the team has had this year.
But with the score tied at 2-2, Forks was able to score again off a corner kick that the Spartans took quickly and caught the Beavers off guard.
“Sometimes, in that one little moment, you stop paying attention,” Schultz said.
Keeper Alex Reichelderfer recorded nine saves. The Beavers fall to 3-4 and travel to Hoquiam for a 5:30 p.m. matchup on Monday.