WENATCHEE, WA – Wenatchee defeated Chiawana 1-0 Tuesday at the Apple Bowl to advance to the quarterfinals of the WIAA State 4A soccer tournament. Jaden Griggs’ goal in the 75th minute was the difference in a hard-fought, defensive battle.
The Panthers had the advantage through much of the first half, attacking the Chiawana defense with one threat after another. But the Riverhawks had an answer for each attack. Wenatchee coach John Springer said he told his players to be ready for an onslaught by Chiawana in the second half. “I told the girls at halftime to be ready and sure enough, they had us back on our heals for quite a while there. But our girls responded and our defense was really good,” said Springer.
A goal kick by Wenatchee after an errant Chiawana shot came out near midfield, where it was chipped ahead to Griggs. “I don’t know what was in my head,” she said laughing. “I didn’t know the goalie was out really. So I looked up and went, OH, so I shot it and it thankfully went in!” It marks the first time the Wenatchee girls program has made it past the first round of the State Tournament, something not lost on Griggs. “We go to State every year. We have been since my freshman year and we haven’t got past the first round. Tonight we did and that was our hope so we’re really excited!”
Wenatchee will face Kennedy Catholic Saturday at 1 o’clock in the Apple Bowl in the quarterfinals. Kennedy happens to be John Springer’s alma matter.