When Paige Gallaway and Megan Dimmler are in the middle of the field during a soccer match, it’s difficult to tell their numbers apart.
But in Central Valley’s 5-2 home throttling of visiting Auburn in the first round of State 4A play, you could take your pick. Each scored twice, returning the Bears to the elite eight. Hair color is the only distinguishing factor and neither the blondish-hair Gallaway, No. 23, nor dark-haired Dimmler, No. 22, is satisfied.
“Making the final four, that’s been our goal the whole season,” Gallaway said.
CV will host a match Saturday for a shot at the state semifinals and final the following weekend at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.
The Bears were caught off guard early when the Trojans’ Hanna Mizoguchi raced past the defense for a 1-on-1 shot and 1-0 lead.
But CV dominated possession thereafter. The Bears’ ability to get the ball outside for crossing shots back to the middle helped set up three first-half goals.
Kasey Ames tied it with a spectacular second-effort shot following a cross that bounced off the goalie and to Ames who, sprawled on the ground, found net.
Then it was up to the duo. The first of their goals was by Gallaway on a waist-high kick following a corner kick and header.
Gallaway scored her second goal less than a minute into the second half for a 4-1 lead.
“We’re all in sync with each other and we know how each other plays,” Gallaway said.
Dimmler’s goals seemed too easy to believe.
She found herself alone in front of the net for her first that put CV in a commanding 3-1 position before half.
“I made like a run and I was just there. I don’t know what happened,” Dimmler said.
On the night’s final goal, she was part of a cluster in front of Auburn’s goal and was able to push the ball through.
“Everyone was kicking it,” she said. “I saw it go to the side.”
Coach Andres Monrroy liked how his team controlled the game on offense and defense.
“We’re ready for the next challenge,” he said. “We’ve been at state before and are very driven. We want to go farther this year.”
After falling behind 3 minutes in, Mead scored the final three goals of the match in a 3-1 State 4A victory over Kentridge at University High.
Kathryn Imming scored in the 30th minute to tie Kentridge, and Kara Marbury and Anna Kessler scored in the second half to put the match away.
The Panthers move to Saturday’s quarterfinals and will visit the winner between Moses Lake and Camas.