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State soccer primer: Tahoma stands in Snohomish’s way of third straight 4A title

WIAA STATE BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday-Saturday

Class 4A and 3A at Sparks Stadium, Puyallup

Class 2A and 1A at Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

SCHEDULE

Friday – 3A and 1A semifinals at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.;4A and 2A semifinals at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday – 3A and 1A title matches at 3 p.m.; 4A and 2A title matches at 5 p.m.; 3A and 1A title matches at

REIGNING CHAMPIONS

4A – Snohomish.

3A – Interlake.

2A –Archbishop Murphy.

1A – Highland.

CLASS 4A

Wenatchee (13-7) vs Central Valley (16-3), 6 p.m.

Snohomish (16-1) vs Tahoma (17-4), 8 p.m.

The skinny: Wenatchee and Central Valley gear up for a rematch of last year’s state semifinals, in which the Bears downed the Panthers 1-0 — the lone score a product of a ricochet-turned-own-goal. Central Valley won 2-0 when the two teams matched up on March 11. Wenatchee’s senior midfielder Miguel Viramontes amassed nine goals and nine assists in 18 matches, earning him Big Nine Player of the Year. Panthers sophomore forward and First-Team All-Big Nine selection Luis Navarrete has scored a team best 16 goals and nine assists this season. ... Senior Mark McClain leads CV with 15 goals, while seniors Chase Reidt, R.J. Stretch, J.D. Hauenstein and Nathan Grinalds have each dished out a team-high six assists for the Bears. … Tahoma seeks its first state championship game appearance since 1991-92, and to do so, it must ride the momentum of its 2-0 quarterfinal win over Mariner into Friday’s match with defending state champion Snohomish. The Bears are led in scoring by forward Cris Garfias (28 goals) and will look to utilize 6-foot-5 center back Alex Bailey. ... Snohomish will play in the semifinals for the fourth year in a row, with Tahoma standing in the way of reaching its third consecutive finals appearance. A state title for Coach Dan Pingrey’s Panthers would make them the first team to three-peat in any class since Mountain View’s run from 1991-93.

CLASS 3A

Lakeside of Seattle (14-5) vs. Interlake (14-6), 2 p.m.

Mercer Island (17-1) vs. Edmonds-Woodway (17-2), 4 p.m.

The skinny: Lakeside vies for its second 3A state championship in three years, when it faces the defending state champion Interlake. Lakeside led its quarterfinal win over Glacier Peak 3-0 at halftime, and ended up winning 4-2. … Interlake is back to the semifinals after its championship run last year. Senior forward Austin Ball leads the charge with 21 goals and eight assists, both team highs. Senior midfielder Ivan Castillo, who Coach Dan Peterson regards “the most underrated player in the state,” controls traffic for the Saints. … Two years removed from its state finals run, Mercer Island, boasting five First-Team All-KingCo is back in the semifinals after thumping Mountlake Terrace 3-0, then edging out Roosevelt 1-0. The Islanders are anchored by first-team all-league goalkeeper Matt Leprowse, who has allowed 14 goals on the season, and league MVP Eric Dryer. They have suffered one loss on the season and are on a seven-game win streak heading into the semis. … Edmonds-Woodway defeated Garfield 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Sophomore midfielder Armon Tenaw leads the squad with 14 goals and five assists, and Ethan Hopkins has netted 11 goals. The Warriors are in the semifinals for the first time in program history.

CLASS 2A

Sehome (18-1) vs. Archbishop Murphy (19-1), 6 p.m.

Quincy (15-4) vs. Lindbergh (19-0), 8 p.m.

The skinny: Sehome is back in the semifinals for the first time since 2010 and the program, which dons two state titles, last won state in 2008. It is 3-5 all time in the semis, 2-1 in the finals. The Mariners are led by holding center midfielder Mason Rathkamp and forward Jack Willis. … After losing its season-opener to 0-3, defending state champion Archbishop Murphy is the winner of 19 in a row and two wins away from a repeat. Matt Williams, one of 12 juniors, leads the league with 34 goals and also has 10 assists on the season. Holding middy Parker Buchanan, one of two seniors, facilitates the midfield for the Wildcats. …Quincy returns to the final four two years after the program’s lone state title run, and defeated the very team that bounced the Jackrabbits from state last season, Pullman, on its home field in the state opener. The Jackrabbits’ roster boasts 12 seniors. … Undefeated Lindbergh makes its second appearance in the final four, the first coming in 1991 when it ended up losing to Mt. Rainier in the championship. As the Seamount League champs, Coach Ryan Johnson’s Eagles are undefeated.

CLASS 1A

Highland (16-3) vs. Connell (20-0), 2 p.m.

Seattle Academy (14-6) vs. University Prep (13-4), 4 p.m.

The skinny: Defending champ Highland is two wins away from its fourth state championship, yet faces Connell, which it is 0-2 against this season. After a one-point win over Brewster in the opening round of state, the Scotties blasted Newport 7-1, paced by a hat trick from senior captain Missael Lopez. … Undefeated Connell is 3-4 all time in the semifinals with two state titles to show of it. The Eagles beat the Scotties 4-1 in the season-opener, then by a narrower 1-0 in the season finale. … Seattle Academy, winner of its last seven, returns to the semis for the seventh time — where it is 3-4 all-time. The Cardinals, who lost in the semifinals last year 2-0 to Highland, are led by First Team All-Emerald City League selections Luca Barsher (16 goals, 13 assists) and Reid Rogers (15 goals, 10 assists). Cardinals sophomore midfielder Reese Owens is out with a concussion, and the team is “hopeful” he will return this weekend. … University Prep is 3-0 in semifinal games and has two state titles (2004, 2005). The teams faced off twice this year and split those matches 1-1. University Prep won the first 2-1, but the Cardinals prevailed 4-0 in the second game.

Tickets: Single day is $10 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens. Tournament passes are $16 for adults, $10 for students/senior citizens.

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