PHS girls soccer: Jenna Grunwald and teammates

Philomath's Jenna Grunwald leads teammates as they celebrate Tuesday's playoff win over Corbett. (Amanda Cowan | Corvallis Gazette-Times)

PHILOMATH — When Christina Kreiger’s penalty shot sailed over the goal, Philomath High’s Josie Kilgore could breathe a sigh of relief.

Then she ran toward her teammates to celebrate as the Warriors survived to play another day.

Kreiger’s shot would have tied Tuesday’s OSAA 4A girls round-of-16 game between Corbett and PHS, with the Warriors still having a chance to win it with their fifth penalty kick.

The Warriors, however, didn’t need that fifth kick and won the shootout, 4-3, after the teams battled to a 2-2 tie after regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.

PHS will face Valley Catholic, a 5-0 winner over Elmira, on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

With the shootout tied 3-3 after 3 of 5 attempts, Kilgore came up with a save to give the Warriors a chance to take the lead.

“It was just like a weight was lifted off my shoulder,” Kilgore said.

Andi Rath delivered to put Philomath up 4-3 and Krieger missed to end the game.

Corbett had reached the round of 16 by defeating Stayton in a shootout on Saturday.

“Four of them in the past had put them in, today they didn’t,” Philomath coach John Williams said.

Williams often tells his keepers all they need to do in a shootout situation is make one save.

“If they do that, they’ve done their job,” Williams said. “I’ll give her credit for the second one because she intimidated their No. 14 (Krieger) to put it up high.”

Kilgore, who said she was confident because she feels she can read the ball well, nearly had another save earlier but didn’t get enough of the ball to stop it from going in the net.

After 42 minutes of regulation, it didn’t look like the Warriors (11-4) would be in a shootout situation, or that they would still be playing after Tuesday.

That’s because Corbett was able to stun the home crowd by taking a 2-0 lead.

Senior Kelsie Duncan netted both goals for Corbett (10-6-1) as the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the 42nd minute.

But Jenna Grunwald came to the rescue, netting Philomath’s first goal three minutes later.

“So crucial,” Grunwald said of the goal. “I think we had to do that. I did everything I possibly could to get that because I knew if we didn’t get it, I knew we weren’t going to.

“Our team really wanted it and after that happened we were like, yes, we can do this.”

The Warriors got even on Meaghan Alba’s “controversial” goal in the 55th minute.

Alba got a shot off as the center referee blew his whistle for a hand ball against Corbett. The ball went in the net and the Warriors were awarded the equalizing goal.

After the first goal, the Warriors started playing the way they have most of the season.

“We just didn’t play simply (prior to the first goal),” Williams said. “We tried to force the ball to places it didn’t belong and we sure didn’t finish. We took a lot of shots but we didn’t take finishable shots.

“When we finally did bring it down to the ground, that’s when we scored two goals.”

Some of that could be attributed to nerves, as Williams said it was the first playoff game for a lot of his players, some who are playing varsity for the first year.

Playing their first close game of the season — Philomath’s four losses came via forfeit — should provide a wakeup call for the Warriors as they move forward in the postseason.

“I think it’s just mentally preparing the girls on the team for what is going to happen,” Grunwald said. “Now we know what each step is like and how hard it will be to just win a game.”

Philomath 3, Corbett 2 (SO)

First half

C: Kelsie Duncan, 21:00

Second half

C: Duncan, 42:00

P: Jenna Grunwald (Brierre Marshall), 45:00

P: Meaghan Alba (Grunwald), 55:00

PHS wins shootout, 4-3

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at steve.gress@lee.net.

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