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State boys’ soccer primer: Jefferson-Snohomish a blockbuster 4A semifinal

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm with No Comments »
May 23, 2013 2:47 pm

4A, 3A championships at Sparks Stadium, Puyallup
2A, 1A championships at Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

Tickets: Single passes – $9 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens. Tournament passes – $15/$10.

Snohomish (19-1): The Panthers won the Wesco North title and made it out of the first round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2006 – also the year they won their second 4A title. The Panthers work rate, plus their decisive edge in set pieces – defender Blake Crutchfield’s huge throw-ins set up lots of scoring chances – make them a handful.

Jefferson (16-0): The state’s most decorated program (seven 4A titles) is back in the semifinals for the first time since 2005 – the last year it won a title. The Raiders are offensive-minded first, led by all-SPSL North forward Brandon Madsen (the SPSL-leading goal scorer) and ex-Sounders FC U-18 member Isidro Prado-Huerta, the All-Area player of the year.

Union (15-2): Second year in 4A, and this is the first time the Titans are in the final four. They rely on possession to control tempo in hopes of wearing opponents down. Goalkeeper Pasha Hashemi is a stalwart between the posts while keeping his defense organized and alert. Mitch Wheelon is a good shot finisher and has the leg to score on free kicks.

Roosevelt (13-5): On a seven-game winning streak, the Roughriders are peaking at the right time. Now a bigger accomplishment awaits – making their first finals’ match. The last time they reached this juncture in 2005, they lost to Jefferson. Eric Conte leads a balanced Roosevelt attack with 10 goals.

Friday semifinal schedule: Snohomish vs. Jefferson, 6 p.m. Union vs. Roosevelt, 8 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Third-place game at noon. Championship match at 4 p.m.

Bainbridge (12-4): The defending 3A champion is trying to reach the title match for a third consecutive season. Cornell commit Sebastian Scales has a knack for making the tough shots. And the Spartans have a burner in Peter Fawley, who seems to find his way behind defenses for goals.

Shorecrest (15-3): The last two times the Scots made the semifinals, they took home the big prize – in 2005 and 2009. Even though they play a control-style game, their scoring is up in the playoffs (13-2). Midfielder Axel Wickstrom is good on volleys and creating his own shot.

Bonney Lake (17-4): By reaching the semifinals, the SPSL 3A champions have gone further than any Panthers’ squad in the school history. Balanced, they score using multiple fronts. Dalton Ogdon and Brody Fitzsimmons seem to always find forward Suwilanji Silozi for scoring chances.

Hanford (14-6): The only other time the Falcons have made it past the first round was 2002 when they placed fourth. Team captain Kelly Smith is reliable on set pieces, especially knocking down headers on volleys, and his experience is invaluable.

Friday semifinal schedule: Bainbridge vs. Shorecrest, 2 p.m. Bonney Lake vs. Hanford, 4 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Third place game at 10 a.m. Championship match at 2 p.m.

Tyee (14-4): It is a historic run for the Totems, who had not made the state tournament in 31 years before now. Forward Liam Maginnis (25 goals) and Osvaldo Lopez have provided the playoff spark.

Sedro-Woolley (15-5): If you are going to beat the Cubs, first start by trying to outwork them. Few have. Very balanced up front, Sedro-Woolley has lost just once since goalkeeper Mike Moser returned from an early injury.

Ridgefield (18-3): The Spudders will battle for every loose ball, from the opening minute to the last whistle. They made back-to-back 2A title-game appearances in 2004-05, but have not reached this point since.

Cheney (18-2): Talk about hard luck, the Blackhawks have made it to the 2A title match in four of the past five seasons – and lost them all. Cheney is on a 15-game winning streak, led by Trevan Estrellado and Cruz Galm.

Friday semifinal schedule: Tyee vs. Sedro-Woolley, 6 p.m. Ridgefield vs. Cheney, 8 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Third place game at noon. Championship match at 4 p.m.

Seattle Christian (18-1): One directive – find two-time Nisqually League MVP Grant Fremmerlid (30 goals, 14 assists). He is the offensive catalyst for the four-time 1A champions, who have not won a state title since 2001.

Okanogan (13-8): Fourth-place finishers in the Caribou Trail League, the Bulldogs can score with anybody (83 goals). They not only won their first state playoff game, but they are in the 1A semifinals for the first time.

Lynden Christian (13-6): Winner of the 1A title in 1998, the Lyncs had not won a state playoff game since – until this season. Midfielder Luke Reardon will look to find forward Cody Franson (13 goals) often.

Chelan (18-3): The returning 1A finalists, who lost to Overlake in last year’s title game, are still has high-scoring as ever (88 goals). Midfielder Eleazar Galvan’s combination of speed and dribble skills are hard to match.

Friday semifinal schedule: Seattle Christian vs. Okanogan, 2 p.m. Lynden Christian vs. Chelan, 4 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Third place game at 10 a.m. Championship match at 2 p.m.

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