Sixty minutes of soccer settled nothing between Camas and Auburn Mountainview, but then the Papermakers kicked it up a notch.
Janae Benson finished off a corner kick from Adrienne Engel and filtered through Annike Sumpter, Sara Slayton and Kailee Esser to catapult Camas back into the state tournament, with a 1-0 victory in the bi-district championship game Saturday at Doc Harris Stadium.
Esser and Sumpter became a two-headed machine on defense, equipped with the feet of Emily Ainsworth and Maiah Sharma, and the cat-like instincts of goalkeeper Andrea Soderberg. Benson and Ciara Klein battered Auburn in front of the goal. Slayton fed them crosses and Engel fired some corners. Aggressiveness for a goal finally paid off for the Papermakers in the 63rd minute.
After Auburn deflected a corner kick out of bounds from the left side, Camas got another shot from the right. Ainsworth delivered a nice ball across the goal mouth, but nobody could get to it before it started bouncing. Sumpter kept the ball alive, and found Slayton open on the left wing.
“Every corner before that had deflected off their heads and gone out,” Sumpter said. “When I saw that ball, I told myself ‘I got to save this.'”