Both Sehome and Squalicum play tonight in Class 2A District boys soccer action, with the Mariners facing Lakewood at 5 p.m. and the Storm facing Cedarcrest at 7 p.m. at Civic Stadium. Squalicum is coming off a 6-0 win over Lakewood in the first round, while Sehome struggled heavily in a 4-0 loss to Cedarcrest. Heres a brief outlook on both games.
Sehome (10-3-4, NWC 8-2-2) vs. Lakewood (5-11-1, Cascade Conference 5-9-0)Key players for Sehome: Sam Willis (Sr., forward), Sam Diehl (Sr., defender), Zach Wanne (So., forward/midfielder), Gabe Weight (So., forward/midfielder).Scouting report: Given how both teams played in the first round, with Lakewood losing 6-0 to Squalicum and Sehome falling 4-0 to Cedarcrest, the group that is able to bounce back best and put their previous performance behind them will win this game. The Cougars have had trouble finding the net this year, with only 24 total goals scored in 17 games. Likewise, the Mariners have had their own struggles finding consistent scoring threats, although senior Sam Willis has provided a solid punch up front. Gabe Weight and Zach Wanne, too, have been presences for coach John Sylvesters attack, and if they continue to grow as they have this season, the breakout performances for both might be right around the corner.Prediction: Sehome is the better team. The Mariners win this 2-0 and end Lakewoods season.
Squalicum (15-0-2, NWC 12-0-0) vs. Cedarcrest (12-4-1, Cascade Conference 10-3-1)Key players for Squalicum: Hans Kogan (Sr., defender), Arne Peterson (Sr., midfielder), Christian Chala (Sr., forward), Trenton Langer (Sr., keeper).Scouting report: Squalicum has yet to taste a loss this season, although Cedarest may be one of the best teams the Storm has faced this season. The Red Wolves enter winners of four of their last five games, and scoring hasnt been a problem. Theyve put up 21 goals over that five-game stretch, although in the stats category, theres nothing more impressive than Squalicums run of shutouts. Squalicum has a 55-5 goal differential this season, and the Storm defense hasnt allowed a goal in 10 games. Thats more than 800 minutes of soccer without letting another team score. 800 minutes-plus. Let that sink in. Christian Chala, Gabe Guidroz and Arne Peterson are lethal scorers at all times, with Peterson nearly netting himself a hat trick in the 6-0 opening-round win over Lakewood. Add that to the dynamic B.J. Flood and David Abbott-Smith off the bench, and theres little opposing defense can do sometimes against that much talent.Prediction: Squalicum 3-0. There isnt a team in the state I would choose to defeat the Storm right now. That simple.