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11/20/2013 1:23:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 

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Cashmere players console one another after a disappointing loss to LaSalle in the State 1A quarterfinals.
Cashmere soccer out at State quarterfinals

Sebastian Moraga
Staff writer

Cashmere's girls' soccer team lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament 2-1 to the LaSalle Lightning Nov. 15.

The loss, in Yakima, put an end to the 2013 season and the soccer careers of 12 seniors who stand among the most successful classes of the program's history.

Cashmere started the game strong, with Lauren Johnson sinking a shot from 10 yards out in the ninth minute of play. LaSalle tied it in the 30th minute and took the lead for good in the 62nd minute.

"This by far was the most physical and fast match we have had all season," Tronson wrote in an email. "But we would have expected nothing less in a match like this."

The Lightning outshot Cashmere 7-6, with Bulldog keeper Zelia Zahir notching four saves. The win avenged a Lightning loss to Cashmere in the 2011 quarterfinals and it was the first 2013 match where Cashmere gave up more than one goal during run of play.

"I felt we played very well and the ball and some outstanding defending kept a couple of other goals out of the LaSalle net," Tronson wrote.

The 12 seniors whose careers ended with the loss finished with 69 wins and 11 losses, 419 goals in favor, 59 goals against, Tronson wrote. Five of the losses occurred at the state tournament.

"These girls were part of four consecutive league titles that have extended the Bulldog league title streak to 12 in a row," he wrote. "Four trips to the state tournaments and two final four appearances, with one ending in the state championship match."

The 2013 season saw eight players earn league honors. Zahir, Johnson, Tianna Helm, Karly Thies, Tessa McCormick earned first-team nods. Mikayla Sites and Dani Morseman earned second-team nominations and Tasha Kowatsch earned an honorable mention. Helm also repeated as the league's player of the year.

"I say good-bye to another outstanding year, finishing 17-2 and a great group of seniors," Tronson said. "But we look forward to another year of outstanding high standard soccer. This group of seniors has reset the bar on what the expectations are for future years in Bulldog soccer."

On Nov. 12, Cashmere eliminated Connell 3-0 on a first-round match. Cashmere outshot the Eagles 17-3 on their last home match of the season. McCormick scored off a throw-in and Johnson scored on a 30-yard free kick for a 2-0 halftime lead. Helm scored in the 56th minute, off a combination pass with McCormick for the final goal. It was Cashmere's 10th shutout of the season.

Sebastian Moraga can be reached at 782-3781 or

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