MOSES LAKE — After every practice, no matter what, each Moses Lake player takes 10 penalty shots.
“That is the requirement before you go home,” head coach Liz Bigger said.
That repetition proved more than useful as the Chiefs went five-for-five in their shootout with Davis to win 3-2 and advance to a winner-to-state game Saturday against Wenatchee.
“I have a lot of confidence going into PKs, if we get there, because we do it every day,” Bigger said.
Moses Lake's confidence lacked, some, at the end of regulation as a looping shot by Davis midfielder Cindy Ruiz tied the game with a little over three minutes to play.
“Our confidence was really down most of this game, for whatever reason,” Bigger said. “I've got a lot of young players and it's a lot of pressure and they're still learning how to handle that.”
Moses Lake had a slight edge in possession for much of the first half as multiple looks from Natalie Bunch and Kaydence Martinez just missed or were saved by Davis keeper Isabel Huante. Bunch, who has been a premier goal-scorer for Moses Lake this season, showed off her play-making skills with a perfect cross just past the outstretched arms of Huante onto the waiting boot of Bailey Riche. The pass required only a slight toe tap by Riche, giving Moses Lake a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.
Bunch had a couple more opportunities to extend the lead, however, Huante met her at the ball on two different occasions to keep the deficit at one goal.
The Pirates found their first equalizer in the 30th minute when Itzel Islas drove a shot from the left side of the field past Moses Lake keeper Julia Lundberg.
Moses Lake broke the 1-1 tie after an Olivia Waites goal in the 57th minute. Waites received a pass from Risa Nishida, turned and fired from about 30 yards out.
Davis had a potential game-tying goal in the 63rd minute called back due to offsides. The Pirates remained persistent and tied the game again on Ruiz's goal.
After 10 minutes of overtime, the game shifted to a shootout.
Calmly, almost business-like, Saige Roylance, Bunch, Waites, Nishida, and Martinez all found the back of the net. Davis' first shooter Jordyn Jolley hit the crossbar, and that was the one mistake Moses Lake needed to advance.
The Chiefs will travel to Wenatchee Saturday, at noon, for their third meeting with the Panthers.
“We thought this year was going to be a regroup year, but we came out and did what nobody expected us to do,” Martinez said.
First half: ML, 1, Bailey Riche (Natalie Bunch), 12:00; D, 2, Itzel Islas, 30:00.
Second half: ML, 3, Olivia Waites (Risa Nishida) 57:00; D, 4, Cindy Ruiz, 76:00.
Shootout: Moses Lake 5, Davis 4