Late offsides call costs Willamette

Late offsides call costs Willamette

EUGENE, OR - The Willamette girls soccer team looked liked it had tied its 5A semifinal match with Sherwood at 2-2 late in the second half, but Emily Stone was called for offsides and her goal was disallowed.  The Wolverines couldn't find the net again and lost 2-1, ending their season with a 13-4 record.

The two teams played the first half without a goal, but the second half was a much different story.

Sherwood got on the scoreboard first when Jessica Imbrie found the right corner of the goal to make it 1-0 Bowmen. 

Less than three minutes later, the Wolverines answered.  Senior captain Haylee Eckart centered the ball for Sami Wilson who booted the ball with her left foot into the goal to tie the game at 1-all.

Sherwood answered back.  Emily Harris got the ball to Imbrie within 10 feet of the goal and Imbrie did the rest, scoring her second goal of the game to make it 2-1 Bowmen.

The Wolverines thought they tied the game minutes later.  Jessica Vandomelen booted a free kick from about 45 yards out towards the goal.  It was headed by a Willamette player and then Stone kicked it out the air and into the back of the net for an apparent goal.  However, Stone was ruled offsides and the goal was not allowed.

Sherwood denied Willamette from there to win 2-1.  The Bowmen advance to the state championship where they will play Summit.  The Wolverines settle for third place.