Ellie Boon has scored tons of goals with her feet, but she cannot remember ever using her head.
The sophomore’s header into the net Saturday, off a corner kick from senior Amanda Acheson might have been the first. And, it propelled the Panthers one step closer to state.
“The ball was coming at waist level. I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to get my head on this,'” Boon said. “Amanda Acheson put it on a silver plate for me and said, ‘here you go, finish it.’ It’s the first header goal I’ve ever had, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
The corner header gave Washougal a 2-1 lead in the first round of the district playoffs Saturday, at Fishback Stadium, with 16 minutes, 15 seconds to go. Centralia rallied for several shots on goal, but the defense of Acheson, Darcy Akers, Maddie Down, Lauren Gavett, Tasha Reeves and Emily Schmid kept the Panthers on top.
Akers earned seven saves. The senior took a kick to the head late in the match, but was able to stay in and finish the game. On one of Akers’ diving saves, she hit her back on the goal post.