TURNER – Sometimes you learn after you get burned.
Sometimes you get burned again.
The defense of Cascade High School’s girls soccer team let Brookings-Harbor junior forward Tyrah Baron get behind them twice – once early and once late – and Baron scored two goals in a 3-1 win during Wednesday’s first round of the OSAA Class 4A state playoffs.
“It’s something that we talked about at halftime, too,” Cascade coach Skip Collins said. “Again, I just think it’s youth.
“But overall, what a great season. We won the conference. No one was expecting us to win the conference. And that just gives us a foundation to build on and grow. Anything else was a bonus. This was a bonus for us, especially with the youth and the age of the girls.”
Cascade, last year’s 4A state runner-up, started five sophomores and four freshmen, and the Cougars overachieved all year.
No. 5 seed Cascade concludes the season at 10-2-2, the team’s first loss since its season opener.
“I like to see them a little bit beat up about it because it shows that they care about their team and the game,” Collins said.
No. 12 seed Brookings-Harbor (12-2-2) advances to play the winner of Hidden Valley and North Bend in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.
Brookings-Harbor had scored 101 goals entering the playoffs, and knew how to score.
In the 26th minute Brookings-Harbor’s Baron got behind the Cascade defense and put it in for a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes until halftime Cascade midfielder Nyah Collins sent a crossing pass from the left side by Sydney Downey in front of Brookings-Harbor’s goal, and Downey scored it to tie the game at 1-1.
“My daughter had a great cross and put it in there to our senior,” Collins said. “Hey, a freshman putting a ball in like that, the age is a factor, but not an excuse.”
Four minutes into the second half Brookings-Harbor’s Bailey Nielson’s scored on a direct free kick from 25 yards out and 15 minutes later Baron got behind the Cascade defense again and put in her second goal of the game.
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