Two down, one big one to go.
With a 3-0 victory over Shorecrest on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Shoreline Stadium in the Class 2A Northwest District championship game, the Squalicum girls’ soccer team added a district title to the Northwest Conference crown it one last month.
“It feels nice to have the two trophies out of the way,” Squalicum coach David Kish said in a phone interview. “Now we want the third one even more.”
That third one, of course, is a state title that has eluded the Storm the past two seasons, despite back-to-back trips to the state semifinals.
Squalicum (18-0-1) will open its quest to get back by hosting Olympic at a time and date still to be determined.
Kish credited the defense of Jackie Dierdorff, Olivia Benner, Michelle Saunders and Kelly Anderson for a strong game Saturday, helping goalie Rachel Runnals record the team’s 12th shutout of the season and its third in three postseason games.
“I was impressed with the play of our back line,” Kish said. “They had a dangerous offense. The girls did a good job of moving the ball up. I thought our midfielders had a good game, too.”
The Storm’s first two goals were actually scored by midfielder Sarah Hulbert and Julia DeVere in the 23rd and 51st minutes, respectively. Kim Dorr, who assisted on Hulbert’s goal, added one of her own off an assist from Braeden Hilleary in the 79th minute.
The district title was Squalicum’s second in three years.
Squalicum 3, Shorecrest 0
Goal: Sarah Hulbert (Squalicum), assist: Kim Dorr, time 23rd minute; Goal: Julia DeVere (Squalicum), time 51st minute; Goal: Kim Dorr (Squalicum), assist: Braeden Hilleary, time 79th minute. Goalies (saves) — Shorecrest: Anna Boyle (7); Squalicum: Rachel Runnals(8). Shots on goal — Shorecrest 11, Squalicum 11.