A talented foe awaited the Enumclaw High girls in the opening round of the Class 3A state soccer tournament – an opponent that hadn't lost a game all season.
The record remained unblemished for the Mount Spokane Wildcats, who knocked off the Enumclaw Hornets 2-1 in the tourney opener. The loss ended the season for EHS.
The game was played Nov. 6 on the campus of Spokane Falls Community College.
On paper, Enumclaw entered the fray as a decided underdog. The Hornets took a 13-5 record to Spokane and had earned the sixth and final seed from the previous week's bi-district tournament. Mount Spokane had claimed a Greater Spokane League championship, then earned district and regional titles, on the way to an 18-0 record and a No. 2 statewide ranking.
Still, the hard-fought contest was just inches shy of being deadlocked in the late going. With three minutes to play, Enumclaw's Jessica Snoen broke loose and fired a shot that caromed off the crossbar.
Mount Spokane's two goals came during a three-minute span in the first half. Enumclaw's lone goal came shortly before intermission on a shot by Katie Christensen.