High School Soccer

Scouting the Class 2A girls’ soccer state semifinals

The Squalicum girls celebrate their goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
The Squalicum girls celebrate their goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. For The Bellingham Herald

Four teams qualified for the Class 2A girls’ soccer state semifinals, including — for the fourth straight year — the Squalicum Storm. Here’s how the tournament breaks down:

RIDGEFIELD vs. ELLENSBURG

Time: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

Site: Shoreline Stadium

Herald’s projection: Ridgefield 2, Ellensburg 1

1120 Ridgefield GSOC

Scouting the Spudders

State appearances: 14

Record in state playoffs: 12-13

Last state appearance: 2014 (third place)

Leading scorers: Madison Ochoa, Taryn Ries, Erin Siegel

Ridgefield has plenty of experience at the state tournament, being a participant seven of the past 10 years including a school-best third-place finish last year. The Spudders defeated Shorecrest, the same team they lost to in last year’s semifinal, on Saturday 2-0 to get some redemption and enter their second straight semifinal on a five-match win streak. Ridgefield has been a playoff warrior after winning the Greater St. Helens League 2A championship, outscoring opponents 20-0 through the Southwest District and first two rounds of state. Madison Ochoa scored twice against Shorecrest, while Taryn Ries, Erin Siegel, Kelly Casper and Brittanie Hoang are also all-league players. Defender Riley Smetzler was the conference’s defensive MVP.

1120 Ellensburg GSOC

Scouting the Bulldogs

State appearances: Two

Record in state playoffs: 3-1

Last state appearance: 2009 (lost in quarterfinals)

Leading scorers: Jordyn Arlt, Dalya Sanchez, Reyna Schedler

For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs are in the state semifinals. Ellensburg topped Clarkston and then Spokane East Valley to make it to the semis. The Bulldogs are led by CWAC Offensive Player of the Year Jordyn Arlt, who scored two goals in the 3-1 quarterfinal win. Reyna Schedler and Daly Sanchez also are dangerous up top for the Bulldogs. Ellensburg hasn’t lost since Sept. 18, going on a 15-game win streak since, including a CWAC title, bi-district championship and two state wins. During that stretch, the Bulldogs have outscored opponents 80-7. It may not have come against the stiffest competition, but All-CWAC Coach of the Year Levi Teasley has this group, boasting the first class he’s coached all four years, riding high.

LIBERTY vs. SQUALICUM

Time: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

Site: Shoreline Stadium

Herald’s projection: Squalicum 2, Liberty 0

1120 Liberty GSOC

Scouting the Patriots

State appearances: 14

Record in state playoffs: 23-11

Last state appearance: 2014 (lost in quarterfinals)

Leading scorers: Jordan Hemmen (nine goals), Makenna Carr (nine goals)

Liberty has established itself as a girls’ soccer powerhouse. Two years ago, the Patriots won a Class 3A state title then dropped down to Class 2A. They lost to eventual second-place team Shorecrest in the quarterfinals before getting to the semifinals this year by topping Sammamish and then Burlington-Edison. The Patriots boast All-KingCo co-MVP Jordan Hemmen, first-team defender Maddy Mak and first-team forward Makenna Carr. But it was senior forward Katelyn Godfrey scoring twice to lead the Patriots in their quarterfinal win. Liberty’s 14-3-2 record is mighty impressive in a mostly 3A conference, and the Patriots have won their last five, outscoring opponents 18-3 during that span, four of which were playoff games.

1120 Squalicum GSOC

Scouting the Storm

State appearances: Six

Record in state playoffs: 11-5

Last state appearance: 2014 (won state title)

Leading scorers: Kim Hazlett (33 goals, 11 assists), Kim Dorr (29 goals, 18 assists)

Squalicum has been here before — well, three times prior actually. The Storm are 1-2 the past three years in this round, finally getting the monkey off its back last year with a 3-1 win over Ephrata. This team might be even better than last year’s but face a stiff opponent that coach David Kish has deemed to be the deciding game on the way to a repeat. The Storm’s defense has allowed just four goals all season, one of which came this postseason (2-1 victory in the district title game), while scoring 96. The Storm hasn’t lost in 729 days — the last time coming in 2013’s state semifinal — and has won 29 consecutive games dating to last season. Kim Hazlett and Kendra Steele are both future University of Portland players and should impact this one.

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Time: 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Site: Shoreline Stadium

Herald’s projection: Squalicum 3, Ridgefield 0

THIRD-PLACE GAME

Time: Noon, Saturday, Nov. 21

Site: Shoreline Stadium

Herald’s projection: Liberty 3, Ellensburg 1

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