Ridgefield has been mighty dominant this postseason, winning all five games its played in November and outscoring opponents 18-2 over that span. The Spudders are led by Taryn Reis, who won the offensive co-MVP for the 2A Greater St. Helens conference. If Rylee Seekins’, Hockinson’s star player who split the honor with Reis, performance against a stingy Squalicum defense last weekend was any indication, Reis will be a tough player to stop. Ridgefield is a scoring machine, tallying 69 goals in 21 games.
Shorecrest is coming off probably the most exciting game of the year, with a 4-3 win over Liberty in the quarterfinals last weekend. All-Wesco first-team forward Sophia Viviano scored four second-half goals to top the defending Class 3A champs. In district play, the Scots’ only loss came to Squalicum in the district championship — a 3-0 defeat. The Scots were last in the semifinals in 2008 but were defeated by Seattle Prep. Shorecrest has been in eight nine semifinals, including championships in 1995, 1993, 1992, 1985 and 1983.
Ephrata has had three straight 2-1 wins, including its most recent victory over Spokane West Valley to get into the semifinals. Ephrata’s lone loss came in the last game of the regular season — a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ellensburg, giving the Tigers only a piece of the conference title instead of the title to themselves. The Tigers are headed by Haley Berryman, who scored both goals against West Valley. The only appearance in the semifinals for the Tigers was in 1999, when Ephrata lost 1-0 to Riverside.
Squalicum is the only 2A team in the state still undefeated. The Storm survived a scare from Hockinson on Saturday, but otherwise were dominant in the postseason, winning by at least two goals in every other game. After a quiet district tournament, Kim Hazlett has scored four goals in the past two games, and Kim Dorr has three assists. While the Storm’s offense gets plenty of credit, the defense has only allowed 10 goals this year. The Storm’s only two appearances in the semifinals came each of the past two years. The Storm lost by one goal in each of them.