Spartans lose 1-0 to Seattle Prep in state 3A girls soccer quarterfinals

Natalie Vukic intercepts the ball in early action against Seattle Prep. - Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review
Natalie Vukic intercepts the ball in early action against Seattle Prep.
— image credit: Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review

There was dancing on one end of the field, and a few tears on the other side.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, the broken hearts were on the Bainbridge end of the field.

The Spartans fell 1-0 to Seattle Prep Friday in the state 3A girls soccer quarterfinals in a game that was decided at the start.

Jalen Woodward scored with just a minute and a few ticks gone by in the first half, after a throw-in from the corner floated her way in the stiff wind and found her alone by the far post.

It was the only goal of the game. Bainbridge and Seattle Prep held each other in check defensively the rest of the way, though the Spartans brought the home crowd to their feet in the final minute of the game with a few frantic shots on goal that just missed the mark.

The Spartans played most of the game without their leading scorer.

Riley Gregoire left the game with 11 minutes to play in the first half after she collided with a Seattle Prep player as they both went for the ball near the sideline. Gregoire was upended and appeared to land on her head and neck as she fell.

Play was halted as Gregoire was put on a stretcher and taken to a waiting paramedic unit. She was then taken to Seattle's Children's Hospital for treatment.

It was the third matchup between the Spartans and the Panthers this season, with the two teams fighting to a tie in their previous contests.

Bainbridge Coach Scott Druker said the Spartans' offense went missing when it was needed most.

"We've got to score goals," Druker said. "I think we had opportunities. One touch too many, I think, sometimes."

Druker said it wasn't their best game of the season. They had a few key players out, and just a handful of players on the bench.

The number of Spartans near the goal at crucial moments was also a factor, he said.

"I felt like we could have probably maybe a few more numbers in the box; it would have helped a little bit," Druker said.

Bainbridge finished the season at 7-1-2 (14-3-2 overall).


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