OLYMPIC AT SQUALICUM
Time: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12
Site: Civic Stadium
Trojans update: Olympic (15-4-1) picked up a pair of 2-1 wins in its Class 2A district tournament to qualify for state. The Trojans aren’t the most prolific scoring team (37 goals in 20 games) but they rarely get shutout — only twice this season have the Trojans been held scoreless, something Squalicum has done to opponents 12 times this season, including three times in the district tournament.
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Storm update: After recording its first non-win of the season, a 2-2 tie against Sehome on Oct. 23, Squalicum (18-0-1) has it its stride, winning its next four games — three of them 2A district contests — and outscoring opponents 14-1 in that span. The Storm’s star scorer Kim Hazlett has also been shutout during the four-game win streak. Kim Dorr has picked up the slack, though, scoring a goal in each of the past four contests.
Herald’s pick: Squalicum 3-1
SEHOME AT LIBERTY
Time: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12
Site: Liberty High School
Mariners update: Sehome (11-5-3) may have lost its opening Class 2A district game 1-0 to Shorecrest, but the Mariners responded by beating Cedarcrest and Bellingham to qualify for state. The Mariners enter the state tournament with a loss in their most recent game — a 2-1 defeat to Burlington-Edison. Sehome has spread out its scoring all season — six players have more than five goals — and the playoffs were no different. Stephanie Mindnich was the only player to score two goals in the postseason for the Mariners, both coming in the win over Bellingham.
Patriots update: Liberty (8-5-4) jumped down to Class 2A this year after a winning the 3A state championship tournament a season ago. The Patriots finished fourth in the KingCo conference this year, but beat North Kitsap in a shootout to win the District 2/3 tournament. Liberty’s scoring has come alive as of late, piling on 11 goals in the past four games, including two four-goal performances.
Herald’s pick: Sehome 2-1
MERIDIAN AT SEATTLE CHRISTIAN
Time: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12
Site: French Field, Kent
Trojans update: Meridian (10-6-2) has had a bit of an intense playoffs — all three playoff games went to a shootout. The Trojans picked up two wins in those shootouts thanks to sophomore goalkeeper Syndey Gospodinovich, who is quickly making a name for herself. Meridian has been prone to big scoring outburts (two 10-plus goal games) but opponents have also been able to find the net in surplus (three five-plus goal games allowed).
Warriors update: Seattle Christian (13-2-1) won the Nisqually 1A league title and then topped Klahowya in the district title match. The Warriors played for a state title in 2012, but were eliminated in the first round of the 1A state tournament last year. Megan Nielsen and Isabella Responte lead the team with 10 goals apiece. The Warriors are outscoring opponents 44-13 this season and are on a three-game win streak.
Herald’s pick: Seattle Christian 3-2