RAYMOND — Two brand-new girls’ soccer programs, the Ilwaco Lady Fishermen and a combined South Bend and Raymond squad, the Riptides, made their debut Tuesday, Sept. 4. Midfielder Erika Glenn scored Ilwaco’s historic first goal in the 72nd minute. For the Riptides, freshman Kyra Gardner had two first-half goals, leading her team to the 2-1 win.
A deep clear-out pass from Olivia Long set up Glenn’s goal. Glenn gave chase but pulled up as the ball bounced toward the Riptides’ deep defenders, who appeared ready to take control. But when the ball went off a defender’s foot sideways, Glenn pounced, outrunning both defenders, gaining control and kicking it in the goal.
“I thought their defender would kick it,” Glenn said. “When she missed, I followed up. It was more just a mistake by them than anything I did.”
While Glenn’s goal came on a fluky play, she also created many opportunities that just fizzled out, as happens so often in soccer. After the home team across the bay dominated the early minutes, Glenn made Ilwaco’s first forays into enemy territory. Twice in a few minutes, she took off down the sideline, dribbling around defenders. She just missed from the side of the goal on her first chance, and on her second the goal-keeper stopped her shot.
Gardner put the Riptides ahead with a goal in the 13th minute. A few minutes later, the home team missed a penalty kick off the top of the goal. Goalkeeper Faith Richardson followed shortly with a stop of another shot. Gardner had another goal 34 minutes in. Glenn was thwarted twice more in the first half, and South Bend/Raymond led 2-0 at the break.
Ilwaco created scoring chances early in the second half. Sunny Kemmer’s pass from midfield found forward Elle Personius, whose shot was stopped. Shortly afterward, Kemmer took a pass from Glenn and dribbled through defenders but kicked it high over the goal. Ilwaco created more chances in the second half than in the first, finally capitalizing when Glenn scored her goal. The Fishermen continued on the attack in the game’s final minutes, but the Riptides held on for the win.
“It was fun,” Glenn said after the game. “I think it’s good we have a soccer team now.”
“It was a good first game,” said coach Andrew Goodwin. “I think they were a little nervous at first. Once they had played a little, once they got confident, they were a little more aggressive.”