Squalicum Storm boys' soccer state tournament quarterfinal capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 22, 2014 

Nickname: Storm

Enrollment: 1,007

League: Northwest Conference (First; 1-0-2 overall, NWC 12-0-0)

District: 1

State appearances: 5

State titles: 1 (2009)

Coach: Joe McAuliffe

Scouting for the Storm: Squalicum opened up its state run with a convincing 7-0 win over Sumner on Wednesday at Civic Stadium. Any thoughts that nerves might play a factor for the early favorite to take home the 2A crown were tossed away when Quinn Carpenter and Zach Wallace scored in the first 11 minutes. And again, for the 13th consecutive game, the Storm defense kept its opposition out of net. It goes to show the level of depth and talent coach Joe McAuliffe has at his disposal, and the mastery he's shown in getting everyone playing time. The Storm are the deepest team possibly in the state, with talent ranging all the way to down its bench, which allows McAuliffe to continually sub-in fresh legs to help with his defense-first philosophy.

Player to watch: Quinn Carpenter (Jr., midfielder). Carpenter was nearly unmarkable in the opening part of the game against Sumner. He busted free for a goal off a long feed from B.J. James, and then he assisted on Zach Wallace's goal just two minutes later. It's not only that, but his ability to get back on defense and disrupt passing lanes. He's always around the ball, and his energy level is nearly impossible for most forwards, midfielder and defenders to keep up with.

Key number: 7. That's the number of players who scored in Squalicum's 7-0 win over Sumner to open the state tournament.

Nickname: Hawks

Enrollment: 513

League: 2A Greater St. Helens

District: 4

State appearances: 2

State titles: 0

Coach: Ron Sparks

Scouting for the Hawks: Hockinson advanced to play Squalicum after defeating Fife 2-1 in overtime in its first-round matchup. Fife came in as the early favorite, but the Hawks managed to get a late goal by Conner Thompson in the waning moments of the first overtime to seal the win. Fife held a 1-0 lead going into halftime in this game, but the Hawks were able to get a goal from Mitchell Pinney to even it up. That keeps with the tone of Hockinson's season, as their assistant coach Marc Stegmaier told The Columbian newspaper it was the eighth time this season they have come from behind to win a game.

Player to watch: Mitchell Pinney (Jr., forward). Pinney is Hockinson's most dangerous attacking forward. Not only did he scored the tying goal for the Hawks in their first-round matchup against Fife, but he also score three of the team's five goals in a 6-3 win over Washougal on May 8, in a district play-in game. He should pose an interesting matchup against Squalicum's backline, which has only allowed five goals on the year in 20 games. Hans Kogan, B.J. James and Spencer Wallace will likely key in on the junior.

Key number: 9. The number of seniors Hockinson has that likely have two years of state under their belt. The stage won't be too big for them.

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