The Cascade Christian High girls soccer team is heading into the playoffs on a hot streak after claiming second place in the 1A Nisqually League behind Seattle Christian.
At this time last year, Tatum Patefield and Hailee Dumars were finishing up their third season without experiencing the excitement of what playoff soccer can bring. As the only two seniors on this young Cascade Christian squad, this was their final chance to get in.
“I’ve never experienced the playoffs before, so to be able to my senior year is special,” Dumars said. “I’m proud to be a part of this team.”
At the beginning of October, Cascade Christian’s (8-6-2, 4-3-1) postseason chances didn’t look good. And starting the month with two loses made matters worse.
It was desperation time for the Cougars if they wanted to get in.
“It means so much for us to be able to get into the playoffs,” Patefield said.
But a 4-0 loss to Lindbergh on Oct. 2 seemed to trigger something in the team captains and the rest of the roster.
Five consecutive wins put the Cougars in second place and in position to reach the playoffs for the first time in Patefield and Dumars’ careers. And to cap that streak off, Cascade Christian notched a 3-0 win over Seattle Christian, the league champions, on Thursday.
“That was the first time we beat Seattle Christian,” coach Keith Patefield said. “It means so much for this team to get into the playoffs and go through that experience.”
Even though Cascade Christian’s win streak halted when Vashon picked up a 1-0 win on Saturday, there is still hope that the momentum has not lost steam.
“We knew we could drop this one and still take second,” Keith Patefield said. “You never want to lose and lose momentum going into the playoffs, but they played hard out there and I don’t think this loss will hurt us.”
Now is the time for Cascade Christian to prepare like the Cougars have never have before, because the playoffs are a different beast. Every team knows they have a real chance.
Now that they’re in, it’s time for the Cougars to make their run.
“We want to make as deep of a run in the playoffs as we can,” Tatum Patefield said. “We want to do this for both of us seniors and for every girl on the team, just so we can be able to play and spend more time with each other. We’re a sisterhood.”