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Bellingham survived its first state playoff test in four years; here’s what’s next

Bellingham’s Hannah Hodge heads the ball away from Cedarcrest’s Sarah Hommas during the second half of the 2A bi-district semifinals Oct. 31. Bellingham faces Columbia River Saturday in the 2A state quarterfinals.
Bellingham’s Hannah Hodge heads the ball away from Cedarcrest’s Sarah Hommas during the second half of the 2A bi-district semifinals Oct. 31. Bellingham faces Columbia River Saturday in the 2A state quarterfinals. For The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham at Columbia River

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver, Washington

1110 Bellingham GSOC (3)

SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS

Coach: Jared Fields

State tournament appearances: Ninth

State tournament record: 11-9

State titles: None

Seed: Northwest District No. 1

Bellingham beat Olympic 1-0 Wednesday in its first state playoff game since 2013. Elizabeth Lewis-Clarke knocked home a corner kick strike from Allison Krell to record the Red Raiders’ 14th goal on a set piece this season. Bellingham’s defense of Alexa Mee, Tessa Perry, Lewis-Clark and Lucy Mantha helped make that goal stand. It was the Red Raiders fifth shutout of the season and the 12th time they held an opponent to less than two goals. Krell had her first hat trick in a winner-to-state game win over Archbishop Murphy in the 2A bi-district tournament Nov. 2. Bellingham is coming off its first NWC title since 2006.

SCOUTING THE CHIEFTAINS

Coach: Filomon Afenegus

State tournament appearances: 20th

State tournament record: 20-18

State titles: Three (2009, ’12, ’16)

Seed: Southwest District No. 1

The defending state champions, who are seeking their fourth state title in nine years, opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Clarkston Wednesday. The Bantams’ goal was the first allowed by the Chieftains since Oct. 10, ending a streak of eight straight shutouts. They allowed two goals only once and recorded 14 shutouts this year. Yaneisy Rodriguez converted a penalty kick for the game-winning goal against Clarkston. Columbia River’s two losses this year came in its season opener against 4A Union and in a Greater St. Helens League game at Hockinson Sept. 19.

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