The Cle Elum-Roslyn High School girls soccer team probably didn’t plan for a last-second victory

But that’s what it nearly turned out to be.

The Warriors watched as Royal High School rallied back from a two-goal deficit only for junior Grace Terrill to score with with less than four minutes remaining to claim a 3-2 victory at Chuck Allen Field.

“We made it harder on ourselves than it needed to be,” said first-year coach Maddie Fletcher. “On both sides of the ball we played a little too soft in the beginning.”

GRACE TO GRACE CONNECTION

Terrill tried to kickstart the Warriors’ offense early in the game when she had a pair of shots that were just off the mark. Her third shot came on a free kick but hit off the top cross bar.

Cle Elum-Roslyn finally found the back of the net in the 19th minute when Terrill found fellow junior Grace Jackson for her ninth goal of the season.

“We kind of caught them off guard with that goal because they weren’t really paying attention,” Jackson said. “It got us fired up.”

Terrill kept attacking the Knights’ goal but its keeper came up with some big saves including a jumping up and knocking the ball over the cross bar.

The Warriors added another goal just before halftime when Jackson crossed the ball to Yaire Ortiz. At halftime, Cle Elum-Roslyn held a 2-0 lead.

“It definitely helps to have (Jackson and Terrill) even though they are juniors and there is a lot of weight placed on their shoulders,” Fletcher said. “It’s really good for some of these freshmen to see them and play with them. The best way to learn is to play with players who are a little bit above you.”

CHANGE IN MOMENTUM

As the sun set behind the trees and the lights of Chuck Allen Field were turned on, the Warriors’ momentum shifted toward Royal.

The Knights’ first opportunity was squandered as they had three shots in the box, but couldn’t capitalize.

Finally in the 59th minute, Amy Sandoval cut her team’s deficit in half when she scored in the upper right corner.

Five minutes later Royal found the back of the net again when junior midfielder Linsday Carrasco sailed a shot past the Warriors’ keeper.

TERRILL TO THE RESCUE

Terrill still couldn’t find the goal as another free kick was saved.

It wasn’t until time was nearing the end of regulation when Terrill found an opening during a breakaway and scored what would be a game-winning goal.

“Overall the girls were able to dig out of it and finish pretty strong,” Fletcher said.

NEXT UP

Cle Elum-Roslyn continues its league schedule on Thursday when it travels to Granger High School.

“We still need to work on not giving up once we have a lead,” Jackson said. “We kind of laid off. We need to put the pressure on (our opponent).”

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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