By Eric Trent / [email protected]
Elizabeth Patana distributed assists on both WF West goals as the Bearcats beat Centralia 2-0 in the annual Rotary Cup rivalry second leg at Tiger Stadium on Tuesday.
Maddy Casper gave the Bearcats a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute after Patana’s throw-in. Main defenseman Jocelyn Robertson scored his first career goal in the 65th minute after another Patana throw-in to give the Bearcats some breathing space and cap the scoring for the night.
“We couldn’t perform in the final third and Centralia did a good job giving us problems,” said WF West coach Allen Anderson.
He praised the performances of Madeline Shields and Audrey Toynbee, as well as Kyla McCallum for her passing precision.
The Bearcats dominated Centralia 8-2 in the evening.
For the Tigers, it was a much better performance than the 5-0 loss they suffered in the Rotary Cup first leg, 5-0, on September 16.
“Our daughters played really well,” said Centralia coach Henry Gallanger. “They are moving in the right direction and are proud. WF West has good defense and they are a tough team to beat. This sets us up for the rest of our league games.
It was also the first time this season that the entire Tigers varsity roster was available to play in one game. The whole unit has only practiced once together so far.
“We are taking steps in the right direction,” said Gallanger.
Centralia (1-8, 1-6 Championship) travels to Aberdeen on Thursday for a Championship game.
The Bearcats (7-2, 6-1 in the league) have now won four in a row and recorded three straight shutouts. They welcome Rochester Thursday night.