Jayden Brown’s goal with 1:13 remaining in the second overtime lifted Eastmont past Moses Lake 4-3 Saturday to win the regular season Big-9 league championship. With the victory, Eastmont will host Wenatchee for the District 6 4-A Championship Wednesday at 6pm.
Megan Chandler scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick in the 13th minute after she was pulled down in the box. Her right footed kick to the left side of Moses Lake keeper Julia Lundberg broke a scoreless tie.
Chandler made it a 2-0 Eastmont lead at half with a goal in the 28th minute on an assist from Jayden Brown. The Wildcats controlled the tempo and were methodical in their attack.
The Chiefs came out with a frenetic pace in the game’s second half, scoring a goal in the 51st minute off the foot of sophomore Natalie Bunch to make it 2-1.
Eastmont countered in the 67th minute on Chandler’s third goal of the game on a crossing pass from left to right that she nailed into the back left of the goal to make it 3-1 Wildcats.
But the Chiefs weren’t done. Bunch scored her second goal of the game in the 73rd minute as she split two defenders and rifled a shot past the diving arms of Eastmont’s Kora Fry. Kaydence Martinez scored from nearly 30-yards out in the 77th minute to tie the game at 3-3, much to the thrill of the small crowd supporting Moses Lake.
The game would end in a 3-3 tie and go into a golden-goal, 5-minute overtime. Moses Lake kept the pressure on but could not score as the game elapsed into a second overtime. Nearly 4-minutes into the second OT, the ball found the foot of a wide open Brown, who quickly squared it up with her right foot and score the game-winner from 10-yards out.
Eastmont finished the regular season 10-2 in Big-9 play to capture its first-ever league title in school history. Wenatchee finished second at 9-3 while Moses Lake was third at 8-4. The Chiefs will host a District Play-In game Tuesday against Eisenhower at 6pm. The other Play-In game features West Valley at Davis.
The winner of Wednesday’s District Championship between Eastmont and Wenatchee will be the #1 seed to the State 4A Tournament. The loser will have a second chance at State Saturday in the consolation game.