With scoring opportunities at a premium on Saturday afternoon, Puyallup High
coach Matt White stressed to his players the importance of recognizing the moment
a chance finally materializes.
And after 83 minutes of going toe-to-toe with Bellarmine Prep in a winner-to-state
Class 4A West Central District match at Art Crate Field, the Vikings didn’t hold
back when that chance presented itself.
Junior Sierra Carrington scored on a point-blank shot off a feed from Allison Shelton
in overtime, sending Puyallup (14-2) to the state tournament for the third year in a
row with a 1-0 win over the Lions.
“You never know if this might be your only thing, so you have to sell out for the one
and only opportunity you might get,” White said. “Sierra just sold out everything for
that one shot.”
Carrington and Shelton exchanged passes at the edge of the box before Carrington
got a solid foot on it. Bellarmine goalie Kiley Adams dove on the ball, but referees
ruled that the ball had crossed the line.
The goal ended a back and forth battle between two teams that met in the first round
of the state tournament last year, a contest Bellarmine Prep won en route to the 4A title game against Skyline.