Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Vikings fall to Tahoma in state quarterfinals

// Young squad shows promise for future

In a season that saw the maturity of a very young Curtis side, the Lady Vikings gave the nationally ranked Tahoma Bears all they could handle and then some, falling 2-1 in a very physical affair in the 4A state quarterfinals on Nov. 10 at Tahoma.

“I was proud of our girls tonight and all season long,” said Lady Vikings head coach Frank Hankel, who had much to be proud of with the great effort of his young team.

Tahoma struck first when Kaysha Darcy scored off of a set piece in front of the net for a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. But freshman phenom Morgan Weaver would equalize for Curtis in the 15th minute with a laser, curling a shot from the right flank from 20 yards out to tie the match at 1-1. Tahoma would own much of the play in the first half, but the defensive prowess and tenacity of the young Lady Vikings kept it tied going into the locker room.

The second half saw more of the same, with Tahoma controlling much of the play in the midfield and in the Curtis end of the pitch. The Bears got the go-ahead goal in the 59th minute when Taylor Clarin scored off a corner kick in front of the net, putting Tahoma ahead for good.

From that point on, Hankel would bring up his back line to overlap into attacking mode to try to get the equalizer, with a couple of good chances that just missed. But the clock ran out, and a great season came to an end for a Lady Viking squad that has nothing but great years ahead.

“(I was) really frustrated by the lack of game control at the final whistle,” Hankel added to the much-deserved praise of his side. “We’ll regroup and have the great majority of this side back for the next three years. I’m looking forward to them.”

Losing only four seniors off of this year’s club, the future is indeed bight for the Lady Vikings for several years to come as Curtis prepares to make their mark in 2013. With the win, Tahoma will play at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup in the semifinals against Skyline on Nov. 16.