The Peninsula Seahawks fought for 90 minutes Thursday night, but they didn’t have enough left in the tank.
Enumclaw’s Mia Fornelius scored the golden goal in the first five-minute overtime period and the Hornets beat Peninsula 1-0 in an SPSL 3A game at Roy Anderson Field.
With the exception of letting in the last goal, Peninsula goalie Katie Campbell was flawless. She batted away several Hornets attempts and kept her team in the game.
Peninsula head coach Jenny Nichols said Campbell’s big game was no surprise, given her consistency.
“Katie has been a solid member of our team for all four years that I’ve been the head coach,” Nichols said. “She’s been a key member of our team. She was all-league last year, first team, and it’s no surprise when she has a great game. It’s a nice thing to rely on, so we’re lucky to have her.”
Campbell said she was pleased with her effort, despite the loss. Peninsula fell to 4-4 in league play.
“I thought I was good,” she said. “This was probably one of my better games all year, especially toward the end, and just staying in it, and keeping everyone in it, and it helps I had new gloves.”
They couldn’t stop Fornelius, a sophomore who snuck in behind the Seahawks defenders and converted a wide-open look into the game-winner.
“It’s one mistake,” Nichols said. “One mistake in a game like that, and you’re done. We lost track of the ball, and the runner went through, and there was nothing we could do. She’s a great player. She broke us down last year as well.”
Campbell insisted she could have saved the goal.
“They caught me anticipating going the wrong direction, really,” Campbell said. “I should’ve saved that. It’s one of those ones that I could’ve saved, it’s just so late in the game, and I was just exhausted. She was wide open, it was a nice ball in, they did everything perfect for it.”
Peninsula players were visibly winded, and it likely contributed to the defensive breakdown in overtime.
“I think we need to work on our fitness level, mostly,” Campbell said. “We were in it in the second half until the very end. You could tell people were tired. If we keep playing like that and keep our fitness up, then we should win more games.”
The Seahawks also struggled to generate clean looks at the goal. Their only uncontested shot came in the first half. Nichols said the team’s forwards appear to be tentative when it comes to taking shots.
“I think Enumclaw definitely has a strong defense,” Nichols said. “They’re hard to break down, a lot of the defenses in our league are. We had a lot of great ball movement but couldn’t get the last finish. It’s something we’ve been struggling with all year. I think we’re a little bit trigger shy when it comes to shooting, for some reason. The girls have chances to shoot, but they don’t necessarily always take them, and we need to work on encouraging that shot.”
Peninsula will wrap up its regular season tonight at Auburn Mountainview.