Springfest: State boys soccer semifinals preview chart

Staff writerMay 30, 2014 

WIAA STATE BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

CLASS 4A BOYS SOCCER SEMIFINALS

at Sparks Stadium, Puyallup

 

Skyview (15-1-2): The GSHL 4A champions are in the final four two years removed from their only state title win (2012). Forward Carter Johnson (26 goals, six assists) was named the state’s two-time Gatorade player of the year earlier this month.

 

Ferris (17-2): The Saxons are in the semifinals for the first time since 2001. Defender Matt Beaulaurier (12 assists) has set up forwards Eric Hollenbaugh (16 goals) and Terry Cox (17 goals) well from the back line. Won 4A title in 1998.

 

Snohomish (18-2): The Wesco North champions are back in the final four looking to win their first title in eight years (2006). The Panthers are led by Uriel Herrera, who can create (11 assists) scoring chances for teammates - or finish them himself (18 goals).

 

Kentwood (15-2-3): The SPSL North champions are in the final four for the first time since 2011 (third place). They rely on Brandyn Bangsund (13 goals) and Mason Rudolph (12 goals) for scoring. Goalkeeper Admir Kucalovic (12 shutouts) has been rock solid.

 

Friday schedule:

Skyview vs. Ferris, 6 p.m.

Snohomish vs. Kentwood, 8 p.m.

Saturday schedule:

Third place game, noon.

Championship game, 5 p.m.

 

CLASS 3A BOYS SOCCER SEMIFINALS

at Sparks Stadium, Puyallup

 

Mercer Island (11-4-5): The Islanders returning as the reigning state runners-up. Forward Ryan Hill (20 goals) has done his damage around the penalty box while midfielder Sean Bender (10 assists) sets up most of the scoring chances.

 

Sunnyside (19-2): The Big 9 champions reach the semifinals for the first time in school history. They feature a three-headed attack of Alexander Marin, Christian Chavez and Noe Meza, who have combined for 31 goals this season.

 

Shorewood (14-3-4): Where have you been? The Thunderbirds are back in the final four for the first time since 1987 – which a chance to take home their first state title since 1980. Pick your poison – they are balanced in scoring, led by Dylan Collins (10 goals).

 

Lakeside of Seattle (14-2-2): After a first round exit last year, the Lions made it back to the semifinals for the first time since their 3A runner-up finish in 2006. Gabby Joseph (16 goals, nine assists) has been a headache for defenses.

 

Friday schedule:

Mercer Island vs. Sunnyside, 2 p.m.

Shorewood vs. Lakeside of Seattle, 4 p.m.

Saturday schedule:

Third place game, 10 a.m.

Championship game, 2 p.m.

 

CLASS 2A BOYS SOCCER SEMIFINALS

at Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

 

Squalicum (19-0-2): A high-powered offense revolves around Gabe Guidroz (10 goals) and Christian Chala (10 goals). The Northwest League champions have not made it this deep in the playoffs since their run to the 2A title in 2009.

 

Toppenish (14-5-1): Led by CWAC defensive MVP Oliver Sanchez (11 shutouts) in goal, the Wildcats have been hard to score on. Servando Fuentes (20 goals) has carried the offense all season. First trip to the state semifinals in school history.

 

Capital (20-2): In the 2A semifinals for the first time since 2010, the Cougars have star power up front in forward Nigel El-Sokkary (21 goals, 18 assists), the Evergreen 2A player of the year, and goalkeeper Jakob Racimo (16 shutouts).

 

Sedro-Woolley (15-4-3): The Cubs come at you from all corners, led Isaac Swenson (13 goals), Kyle Witzel (13 goals) and Nef Camacho (11 goals), who led a high-scoring attack. Back in the state semifinals for a second consecutive season.

 

Friday schedule:

Squalicum vs. Toppenish, 6 p.m.

Capital vs. Sedro-Woolley, 8 p.m.

Saturday schedule:

Third place game, noon.

Championship game, 5 p.m.

 

CLASS 1A BOYS SOCCER SEMIFINALS

at Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

 

Quincy (14-7): It’s not difficult to know who to stop for the Jackrabbits. It is sophomore forward Francisco Alejandrez, who has tallied a whopping 40 goals this season. In the state semifinals for the first time since 2008.

 

Chelan (15-4-1): Even in a rebuilding year, the defending 1A champions are in position to defend their crown. Freshman Rafael Barajas (13 assists) and senior Ivan Magealeno (14 goals, nine assists) make it go in front of goalkeeper Miguel Sanchez (11 shutouts).

 

University Prep (12-2-2): The Pumas won back-to-back 1A titles in 2004-05, but have not been in the state semifinals since. Jackson Ragen (10 assists) has found ways to get Blaine Thompson (10 goals) and Gabe Rifkin (seven goals) quality scoring chances.

 

King’s (17-4-1): Riding a 13-match winning streak, the Knights can add to their state title haul (won the 1A title in 2008). They feature one of the biggest and most physical defensive backfields in the state, led by Josh Alexander and Lucas Swanson.

 

Friday schedule:

Quincy (14-7) vs. Chelan (15-4-1), 2 p.m.

University Prep (12-2-2) vs. King’s (17-4-1), 4 p.m.

Saturday schedule:

Third place game, 10 a.m.

Championship game, 2 p.m.

 

State soccer ticket prices: Daily passes are $9 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens. Tournament passes are $15/$10.

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