South Whidbey Reign’s girls U-14 soccer club was barely nudged out from winning a state championship on Feb. 5.
The Reign lost to Bainbridge Island FC Blue 2-1 in overtime in the championship match of the Washington Youth Soccer Founders Cup held in Tukwilla at Starfire Sports Complex.
“It’s a little disappointing to not get first,” centerback Ashton Helseth said. “It was in overtime and we played phenomenally; that was our best game ever.”
Striker Simone White scored the Reign’s lone goal to send the game to overtime. In overtime, Bainbridge Island scored on a penalty kick and managed to stave off repeated attacks by South Whidbey to win the championship.
The Reign are coached by Karl Peterson and Terry Swanson. Swanson said there hasn’t been a girls select team on Whidbey Island that made it as far as South Whidbey’s girls team did in at least the past decade.
“I think the important thing is that it shows you can have success at a high level on the South End of the island and not have to paying those exorbitant fees to play on the mainland,” co-head coach Terry Swanson said. “To me, that’s something really good for the future of the program.”