Brie Hooks and Taylor Clarin connected twice on set pieces Saturday night, propelling the No. 7 nationally ranked Tahoma Bears to a 2-1 victory over the Curtis Vikings in the Class 4A state girls’ soccer quarterfinals.
With the win, Tahoma (20-0-0) advances to play defending champion Skyline in the state semifinals next weekend at Puyallup High School – its third consecutive trip to the final four, but never having won the 4A crown.
“It’s not weighting as much as it’s we expect to be there again because we have unfinished business,” Tahoma coach Jason Johnson said. “That’s what drives the girls. Not the fear of not getting there, but the excitement of getting there finishing what we started three years ago.
“We’ve been so close the past two years and now this year, I feel there is some momentum. There is something special about this group.”
Tied 1-1 at halftime, the game-winning goal came in the 59th minute when sophomore midfielder Clarin was on the end of a precision corner kick by Hooks.
The corner kick, which landed in front of the goal, was batted around briefly before finally being pushed into the open, unoccupied goal.
Previously, Hooks and Clarin found each other in the seventh minute of the game, securing an early 1-0 advantage.
Coming off a well-placed cross from just outside the 18-yard box on the left flank, Hook’s free kick went to the far post where two open Tahoma players were standing in wait, making for an easy heading finish for Clarin.
Not to be outdone, Curtis (13-3-4) fought back with a few good opportunities before star freshman forward Morgan Weaver chipped the keeper in the 15th minute from 13 yards out. However, the Vikings failed to mount any real scoring opportunities following the early goal.