Destiny was on the side of the Washougal soccer family Saturday, at Fishback Stadium.
The Panthers snagged a 2-1 victory against the Aberdeen Bobcats in the quarterfinals of the district tournament.
Goals by sophomores Spencer Carnera and Elesey Razumovskiy gave the Panthers a 2-0 advantage with 23 minutes to go. Five minutes later, Aberdeen put a ball in the net and threatened to tie the game on two penalty kick attempts. Senior goalkeeper Caleb Howard dove left and deflected the first attempt. The last shot by the Bobcats hit the crossbar with 17 seconds left.
“If I block this, we win the game. It hit the bar, but I was right there,” Howard said. “It wasn’t just me. My whole team got together and scored those goals. We came out fierce and we fought for this win like a family. I’m going to remember every moment. These guys are my brothers.”
It was a thrilling victory for seniors Howard, Zach Boland, Sam O’Hara, Jeremiah Palmer, Colton Sullivan and Michael Wright. Washougal advances to the semifinals tonight, at Tumwater High School. Kick off is at 6 p.m. The Panthers are just one win away from qualifying for the state tournament.
“Our seniors are not going to be unsatisfied,” Carnera said. “We are going to do everything we can to make sure they have the best last year of high school.”