POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings' postseason ended 5 seconds before the whistle blew to end the first half of the state tournament game, Nov. 6.
Sehome's Hanna Tarleton kicked the ball to the left of Viking goalie Hannah Johnson for the first goal of the game. It was also the last goal the Sehome Mariners needed to advance in the 2A state tournament and eliminate the Vikings from title contention.
The Mariners defeated the Vikings 3-0.
The Mariners go on to play the winner of the Klahowya/ W.F. West game Nov. 10. The Klahowya game will be played Wednesday, Nov. 7, at W.F. West.
Viking coach Chris May said his team surprised a lot of people this season.
Along with taking a share of the Olympic League title, the Vikings earned the No. 1 seed into State after defeating White River 4-1 in the West Central District III tournament.
The score of the state tournament game, played at North Kitsap Stadium, did not reflect the team's performance, May said.
It took the entire first half for the Mariners to score a goal. In the second half, the score was still 1-0 until the 76th minute, when Tarleton scored again.
Sehome's Teya Mischaikov, assisted by Tarleton, scored the third and final goal in the 78th minute.
Prior to the final two goals, the Vikings were pressuring the Mariners' defense. However, two yellow cards on North Kitsap's Gemma Ferland halted two potential scoring opportunities.
Ferland would later be sent off (ejected), after receiving a red card; leaving the Vikings down a player.
The Mariners took advantage of the Ferland's send-off, scoring the two goals.
The Mariners had 18 shots on goal. The Vikings had six. Both goalies had six saves.
The Kingston Buccaneers will play their first state tournament game Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Sunset Chev Stadium against Sumner. Game starts at 7 p.m. The winner will play Archbishop Murphy.
First half — 1, Sehome, Tarlteon (Kate Peterson), 39th.
Second half — 2, Sehome, Tarleton, 76th; 3, Sehome, Mischaikov (Tarleton), 78th.