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State soccer semifinal preview capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm with No Comments »
November 18, 2010 10:55 pm

Harry E. Lang Stadium, Lakewood
Schedule: Friday – 3A semifinals: Seattle Prep (12-1-7) vs. Southridge (13-4-0), 2 p.m.; Prairie (14-4-1) vs. Bonney Lake (18-1-1), 4 p.m.; 4A semifinals: Skyline (18-0-0) vs. Tahoma (19-1-0), 6 p.m.; Kentwood (15-3-1) vs. Skyview (14-1-3), 8 p.m. Saturday – 3A third-place game, 10 a.m.;4A third-place game, noon; 3A final, 2 p.m.; 4A Final, 4 p.m.
Class 4A outlook: Two-time defending champion Skyline is primed to add a third state title to its trophy case. Goalkeeper Tina Vargas leads a defense that has allowed just four goals and posted 13 shutouts this season. The Spartans, ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American, have reached the semifinals six times in the last 11 seasons. Skyline eliminated Tahoma in the first round of the 2009 state tournament. … Tahoma has a rich soccer history, too. The Bears have won three state titles, most recently in 2005. Sarah Jeric and Cassidy Richmond are Tahoma’s leading scorers, with plenty of assists from midfielder Brie Hooks. Tahoma rolled through the regular season, it’s only misstep a 2-0 loss to Kentwood on Oct. 28. … Kentwood is back in the semifinals for the second straight season. Since midseason slump that saw the Conquerors lose two matches and tie a third, they have won 10 straight games. Midfielder Kiana Kraft, a two-time TNT All-Area selection, will play at Seattle University. … In three previous trips to the state tournament, Skyview had never advanced past the first round. Storm forward Sheaffer Skadsen was the Greater St. Helens League’s co-Player of the Year.

Class 3A outlook: Before the state playoffs began, Bonney Lake and Prairie had never won a game in the state tournament. Now, the Panthers and Falcons are a game away from playing for the state title. To get to the semifinals, Bonney Lake beat Camas, a team that finished ahead of Prairie in the GSHL standings. Last year, the GSHL’s third-place team, Columbia River, won the state title. Panthers midfielder Savanna Moorehouse is a two-time league MVP and 2010 TNT All-Area Player of the Year. … Kindra Scobba is Prairie’s leading scorer with 14 goals and 14 assists. … Seattle Prep was the state runner-up in three consecutive seasons (2006-2008). … Southridge forward Heather Johnson is a scoring machine, tallying 31 goals and 17 assists this season.

Sparks Stadium, Puyallup
Schedule: Friday – 1A semifinals: Lakeside vs. Bush, 2 p.m.; Vashon vs. Overlake, 4 p.m.; 2A semifinals: White River vs. Spokane East Valley, 6 p.m.; Archbishop Murphy vs. Sehome, 8 p.m. Saturday – 1A third-place game, 10 a.m.; 2A third-place game, noon; 1A final, 2 p.m.; 2A final, 4 p.m.
Class 2A outlook: White River is making its first appearance in the semifinals. Cassidy France, Kinsey Gandel and Ashley Powell lead a relatively balanced offense. The Hornets face a Spokane East Valley team that’s also making its semifinal debut. Knights forward Amanda Bliesner was the Great Northern League MVP. White River has recent history on its side – a Pierce County team has won three of the last five 2A state titles. … Archbishop Murphy, however, is the defending champion. Tasha Pabisz and Caroline Brawner are the Wildcats’ top scoring threats.

Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner
Schedule: Friday – Girls semifinals: Evergreen Lutheran vs. Napavine, 2 p.m.; Seattle Lutheran vs. Warden, 4 p.m.; Boys semifinals: Providence Classical Christian vs. LaConner, 6 p.m.; Riverside Christian vs. Shoreline Christian, 8 p.m. Saturday – Girls third-place game, 10 a.m.; Boys third-place game, noon; Girls final, 2 p.m.; Boys final, 4 p.m.

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