The quarterfinals are set in the Class 4A and 3A state girls soccer tournaments and there’s one game tonight, so that means it’s time for another round of picks.
No. 13 Monroe (12-5-2) at No. 3 Issaquah (15-2-0), Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Bearcats pulled off the surprise of the first round by not only beating previously unbeaten Emerald Ridge, but with a 5-1 score. The run stops there, I think, as Issaquah might be playing the best out of any team in the state. The attacking duo of Kristen Maris (18 goals) and Margaret Rauch (who her coach calls “a brawler”) will lead the Eagles to the final four.
No. 11 Lewis and Clark (15-4-1) at No. 6 Kamiakin (17-1-1), Friday, 7 p.m. at Lampson Stadium (Kennewick)
I picked the Braves to reach the final four, so I’m sticking to that pick. I think the Columbia Basin Big Nine has shown to be a little stronger than the Greater Spokane League (Pasco beat Mead, West Valley beat Mount Spokane), so I’m predicting the trend will continue tonight as Kamiakin advances.
No. 9. Kentwood (15-0-4) at No. 5 South Kitsap (14-0-3), Saturday, 3 p.m. at Mount Tahoma
This is the hardest 4A game for me to pick. Both teams are unbeaten and have posted great seasons so far. I got to see the Conks beat Eastlake in the first round and KW looks very strong on all parts of the field, especially with Rachel Bindl and Kiana Kraft controlling the middle, but they do lack offensive creativity in the attacking third. Kentwood didn’t create many chances to beat the Wolves, but certainly had the personnel to hold the lead once it went ahead. KW has allowed two goals all year and South Kitsap isn’t much worse (seven goals allowed). I guess I’ll flip a coin and say Kentwood wins a shootout after a 0-0 stalemate.
No. 7 Skyline (15-4-0) at No. 12 Beamer (13-3-3), Saturday, 2 p.m. at Federal Way Memorial Stadium
I’ll be at this game tomorrow and I’m looking forward to a great one. Skyline looked very strong in a first-round win against Tahoma, doing everything it needed to score but find the final touch. The Spartans have a multitude of weapons, and perhaps my favorite player in their attack is left winger Anna Morgan, who provides the best service I think I’ve seen at this level (no surprise she has a team-high 11 assists). Beamer is led by senior Holland Crook, who has been a dominant force in the area for three seasons now, but I’m siding with the state champs here, maybe a 2-1 win for Skyline.
No. 11 Columbia River (13-4-2) at No. 7 Meadowdale (14-5-1), Saturday, 2 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium
The Mavericks had an incredible comeback in the first-round, beating Lindbergh 6-5 after trailing 4-1. Led by leading-scorer Julia Fjortoft (22 goals), Meadowdale has had a great run recently — including a phenomenal performance at districts — and I think it continues against the Chieftains. It’ll be the second long trip up north for CR and there could be some tired legs out there tomorrow. I’ll take Meadowdale.
No. 1 Kennedy Catholic (19-1-0) at No. 3 West Valley of Yakima (16-3-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Field
Led by Rebekah Kurle (27 goals, 12 assists), the Lancers face one of their toughest tests of the season going on the road to face the battle-tested Rams. Kennedy also plays in a weak league, compared to West Valley, which plays against a handful of tough 4A teams during the league season. Sounds like a recipe for defeat, but I picked the Lancers to win state, so I’m picking them here — maybe via OT or shootout.
No. 8 Lakeside (14-5-1) at No. 5 Camas (14-3-1), Saturday, 7 p.m. at Doc Harris Stadium
The Lions are another team that get another long roadtrip tomorrow. On Tuesday, Lakeside drove down to the Vancouver area to beat Union and it’ll have to do the same against the Papermakers. I got the chance to see the Lions in person in the Metro tournament and one player really stood out: Emi Lawson. She might be the most impressive player I’ve seen this season with how she controls the game, and she netted the game-winner of a long-range strike in the first round. The travel again, I think, will be too much to overcome and the home team Camas prevails in a close one, say 3-2. Though if Lakeside pulls it out, I will might have to consider them my new favorite to win state…
No. 9. Glacier Peak (16-4-1) at No. 12 Mercer Island (13-3-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.
The final pick is another tough one. The Islanders are rested and playing at home, but they might be too rested and untested. The Grizzlies had to fight and claw to get into the playoffs in a remarkably tough Northwest District 3A tournament. MI had essentially no postseason. It’s a road that can only benefit Glacier Peak, and I think the Texas-bound Brooke Gilbert is the difference in the Grizzlies win.