In this edition of The Full 80, we’ll look at the Kentridge High School girls soccer team looking to validate their South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division title their first league/division title in school history. The Chargers feel they have what it takes to win the Class 4A state title. As always, theres national rankings, this weeks upcoming big playoff matchups, completed playoff schedule, updated college commits, all-classification Top 10 rankings and state rankings by classification at the bottom of this post.
By MATT MASSEY | Special to The Seattle Times
Kentridge scores first in girls soccer, looking for more
Sherri Rolfs has always been competitive.
So, it’s no surprise that the coachs teams have always been competitive.
This year’s version of the Kentridge High School girls soccer team could go down in school history and the best and Rolfs, the Chargers’ third-year leader, is a big reason why.
The Chargers just wrapped up the schools first league/division title in girls soccer with a 12-0-4 mark in the always tough South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division. Rolfs believes the title to be the Chargers’ first league/division banner to hang in the school gymnasium for girls soccer since it opened in 1968.
But this team wants more.
“I’m all about playing hard and playing tough and getting the job done,” said Rolfs, 50, who has the Chargers unified and firing on all cylinders. “These girls set the goal to take the [SPSL North Division] banner. They did that and accomplished that. They are really happy with that, because it’s a tough league.
“They want to win state. We really want to win state. We think we have as a good of a chance as anybody to go for it. We are just hoping to not meet up with [top-ranked] Skyline. The bummer is if we win both of our seeding games and go in as the first seed, we’re going to meet straight-up early. If we go in as the second seed, we wouldn’t meet them until much, much later in the [state] tournament.”
Rolfs, formerly Sherri McDonald, played on a pair of undefeated league champions at Cascade High School before graduating in 1981. She also played at Seattle Pacific University for two seasons.
Rolfs’ enthusiasm and desire to be the best has been infectious.
“The program had losing season after losing season before I came,” said Rolfs, who teaches in The School Adjustment Program at Kentwood High School. “I came into a program that had been doing very poorly for years. The parents and the players were ready for a change.”
The reward for an unbeaten regular season is a date with another undefeated team in the regular season to start the playoffs. The third-ranked Chargers (12-0-4) get to face second-ranked Gig Harbor (8-0-5) in a first-round match at the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mount Tahoma High School.
“W’ell see how it all unfolds,” Rolfs said.
The Chargers’ confidence for a potential state run began in 2011, Rolfs’ first season as head coach after serving as Kentwood junior varsity coach for sevens.
In 2011, Kentridge drew girls soccer power Skyline in the first round of state and the Chargers played them tough before falling 1-0 on 75th minute goal from the Spartans Rachel Shim.
“I think when they saw there was five minute left in the game against Skyline and they were still tied, I think they thought ‘we can do this,’ ” Rolfs said. “We knew we could hang with them. I really want this [state run] for our four seniors.”
But the stage was set after a 13-3-3 season for Kentridge and its first-year head coach and four current seniors gained valuable experience playing against Skyline in 2011.
Those four seniors — central midfielder Mkenna Hayes, defender Porsche Jennings and twins Abby and Lexi Klinkenberg — are part of the core of this year’s team with state-title aspirations.
The Chargers are already assured of their third consecutive state trip and fourth overall. The school’s first state berth came in 2003 and they have never made it past the first round.
Rolfs was an assistant coach for Kentwood’s 2010 4A state-title squad, and then it’s almost as if she shifted the winning culture to Kentridge.
“I knew it would be a challenge, because I knew [Kentridge people] would see me as a Conqueror, because I’ve been a Conqueror”, said Rolfs, who guided the Kentwood JV to a 66-11 record in seven seasons. “I was waiting for the varsity job at Kentwood to open up and it never did. The Kentridge job did open up and I took that opportunity, but I was really nervous about the change. I really love Kentwood and I work there and I’m a Conk all the way.
“Plus [Kentridge] is in my neighborhood and my three sons all have gone to [Kentridge]. One still goes there.”
Hayes is a success story in her own right. She missed all of the last season with the Chargers after suffering a broken ankle before team tryouts.
Hayes (8 goals, 2 assists) helps runs KR’s deliberate, ball-control offense along with standout freshman Olivia Van Der Jagt (10 goals, 5 assists).
Sophomore Payton Chick leads the team up top with 16 goals and two assists. Sophomore Sophia Salle and freshman Shaylin Yokers splits halves and goal and have combined for 10 shutouts as Kentridge has outscored foes 59-8.
Midfielder/forward Hunter Mar, a junior, is expected return this week after missing a couple of weeks with an ankle injury. That should be a late-season boost.
The Chargers feature seven freshman on varsity with two cracking the starting lineup: Emily Sugimoto and Van Der Jagt. Four of the freshman played together in club soccer.
“I’ve been very, very blessed to have gotten these girls,” Rolfs said. “They are very talented.”
Rolfs plays almost every player on her roster and promotes a team-first atmosphere.
“All my players play and they play significant minutes,” she said. “I’m kind of a rebel in that way. I know other coaches sit their players a lot and only play their best 11. We don’t have people sitting the entire games on the bench.
“That just makes for terrible chemistry. Only at state, it will be pared down much more. All on the girls on the bench are playing and get lots of minutes. It’s really important that every player has a true appreciation for every other player.”
Rolfs and the Chargers are hoping to seize the moment once the first round of the 4A state playoffs begins next Tuesday or Wednesday. Anything short of a title would be coming in below expectations.
“We try to keep everything positive”, she said. “After every game, we get in a circle and throw out compliments. It’s important that every player gets noticed and not just the star.
“The girls have their sights set on being in that final [championship] game. They really do. They really want to get there. They have high expectations, and there’s been no drama with this group.”
First round of state begins Nov. 11-13
After league and district action this week, the first round of state begins with games Nov. 11-13 in Class 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and 1B/2B girls and 1B/2B boys.
Dominating teams so far: Goals for, goals against
Heres a sampling of teams with some of the biggest goal differentials/lowest goals allowed/highest total goals around the state (through Nov. 2):
|Team||Goals for||Goals against|
|West Valley (Yakima)||79||3|
|Lakeside (9 Mile Falls)||84||7|
Around the Area
One team from Washington state Skyline of Sammamish at No. 20 — remains ranked in the Top 25 in the national rankings. Below is the NSCAAs Oct. 29 poll:
Three teams from Washington state remain in NSCAAs Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Skyline at No. 4 and followed by Kentridge at No. 8 and Issaquah at No. 12. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Oct. 22:
Games to Watch Week 9
Here are this week’s top playoff matchups:
Tuesday, Nov. 5: 4A Northwest District, semifinals: Jackson (13-1-3) at Snohomish (13-2-1), 7 p.m.; semifinals, Kamiak (12-4-1) at Edmonds-Woodway (12-2-2) at Edmonds Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 4A (Sea-King District) tournament: Inglemoor (8-2-4) at Issaquah (11-3-1), TBD, Winner No. 2 to state, loser No. 3.
SPSL 4A play-in playoff match: Auburn Riverside (7-4-3, SPSL North No. 5) vs. Rogers or Beamer (8-5-3, SPSL South No. 5) at Sparks Stadium, TBD.
3A Northwest District: Stanwood (5-11-0) vs. Mountlake Terrace (10-6-1) at Edmonds Stadium, 5:30 p.m., loser out; Ferndale (8-6-2) vs. Marysville-Pilchuck (9-8-) at Quil Ceda Stadium, 7 p.m., loser out; Marysville Getchell (10-4-3) vs. Shorecrest (14-2-1) at Shoreline Stadium, 5:30 p.m., semifinals; Shorewood (10-5-2) vs. Meadowdale (12-2-3) at Shoreline Stadium, 7:30 p.m., semifinals.
3A Metro League: Semifinals at Chief Sealth HS, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
KingCo 3A tournament, Championship match, Mercer Island-Liberty (Issaquah) winner vs. Interlake-Bellevue winner, TBD.
SPSL-Seamount League, sub-district tournament: Hazen (11-5-0) vs. Auburn Mountainview (14-2-0) at Renton Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.; Enumclaw (10-6-0) vs. Bonney Lake (13-2-1) at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner), winner No. 3, loser No. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Kennedy Catholic (8-8-0) vs. Peninsula (9-6-1) at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner), winner No. 5, loser out, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 6 None.
Thursday, Nov. 7 West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament, first round: No. 3 Kentridge (12-0-4, SPSL North No. 1) vs. No. 2 Gig Harbor (8-0-5, Narrows No. 1) at Mount Tahoma HS, 7 p.m.; Curtis (13-2-1, SPSL South No. 1) vs. Camas (13-2-2, Greater St. Helens League No. 1) at McKenzie Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Skyview (Vancouver) (13-3-1, GSHL No. 3) vs. Puyallup (10-3-3, SPSL South No. 3) at Auburn Riverside HS, 6 p.m.; Jefferson (8-3-5, SPSL North No. 4) vs. Olympia (11-3-2, Narrows No. 2) at Mount Tahoma HS, 5 p.m.; Kentwood (9-3-4, SPSL North No. 3) vs. Bellarmine Prep (7-3-4, Narrows No. 3) at Curtis HS, 5 p.m.; Rogers (Puyallup) or Beamer (8-5-3, SPSL South No. 4) vs. Tahoma (9-3-4, SPSL North No. 2) at Auburn Riverside, 8 p.m.; SPSL play-in winner vs. Union (Vancouver) (12-3-1, GSHL No. 2) at McKenzie Stadium, 5:30 p.m.; South Kitsap (7-5-3, Narrows No. 4) vs. Federal Way (11-3-2, SPSL South No. 2) at Curtis HS, 7 p.m.
4A Northwest District: championship match: at Goddard Stadium (Everett), 7:30 p.m.
3A Northwest District: Stanwood-Mountlake Terrace winner vs. Shorewood-Meadowdale loser, 7 p.m. loser out; Ferndale-Marysville Pilchuck winner vs. Marysville Getchell-Shorecrest loser, 7 p.m.
3A Metro League: Championship match at Chief Sealth HS, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 None.
Saturday, Nov. 9 KingCo 4A/WesCo 4A playoff: Inglemoor-Issaquah loser (KingCo 4A No. 3) vs. WesCo 4A No. 3, 4 p.m.
West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament: Kentridge-Gig Harbor winner vs. Curtis-Camas winner at Mount Tahoma HS, 2 p.m., championship match (both to state); Kentridge-Gig Harbor loser vs. Curtis-Camas loser at Mount Tahoma HS, noon (Winner No. 3 to state, loser No. 4 to state); Skyview (Vancouver)-Puyallup winner vs. Jefferson-Olympia winner at Art Crate Stadium, 10 a.m. (Winner No. 5 to state, loser out); Kentwood-Bellarmine Prep winner vs. Beamer or Rogers-Tahoma winner at Art Crate Stadium, noon (Winner No. 6 to state, loser out); SPSL play-in-Union (Vancouver) winner vs. South Kitsap-Federal Way winner at Art Crate Stadium, 2 p.m. (Winner No. 7 to state, loser out)
3A Northwest District: Winner No. 3 to state-loser out match at Shoreline Stadium, 5 p.m.; Marysville Getchell-Shorecrest winner vs. Shorewood-Meadowdale winner at Shoreline Stadium, 7 p.m., championship match
Full schedules — Prep girls soccer playoff information
Links for upcoming league and district prep girls soccer tournament matches are listed below. Postseason play started on Monday, Oct. 28 with KingCo 4A Tournament games. Information will be updated here as it becomes available (click the word bracket on the right for most leagues/districts):
Northwest District (District 1)
Sea-King District (District 2)
West Central District (District 3)
Southwest District (District 4)
Yakima Valley District (District 5)
North Central District (District 6)
Northeast District (District 7)
Greater Spokane District (District 8)
Southeast District (District 9)
STATE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Nov. 22-23, 2013
1B/2B Boys and Girls Soccer Championships
SUNSET CHEV STADIUM, SUMNER
1A and 2A Girls State Soccer Championships
SHORELINE STADIUM, SHORELINE
3A and 4A Girls State Soccer Championships
SPARKS STADIUM, PUYALLUP
ALL LEAGUE AND DISTRICT BRACKETS
(Please e-mail email@example.com with any additional commits; updated Monday, Nov. 4)
Air Force Madison Adams, Bonney Lake, F, Sr.
Arkansas Karli White, Cedarcrest, F, Jr.; Regan Gibbs, Naches, GK, Jr.
Arkansas State Lauren Crimi, Auburn Riverside, D, Sr.
Arizona Sierra Bilginer, Redmond (not playing for school team), F, Sr.; Calisse Crisler, Archbishop Murphy, F, Sr.; Kennedy Kieneker, Redmond, MF, Jr.
Boise State Annie Hoffman, Issaquah, CMF, Jr.
California Emily Boyd, Nathan Hale, GK, Sr.
Carnegie Mellon University— Haili Adams, Juanita , MF, Sr.
Central Washington Bailey Martoncik, Tahoma, MF-F, Sr.; Emily Baril, Skyline, GK, Sr.; Alyssa Navlet, Meadowdale, MF-F-D, Sr.; Emily Seelbach, Auburn Riverside, MF-D, Sr.; Viktoriya Vasina, Auburn Mountainview, F, Sr.
University of Chicago– Sophie Wagner, Auburn Mountainview, D, Sr.
Cincinnati Jaeden Chew, Skyline, GK, Sr.
Colgate Emily Crichlow, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), F, Sr.
Colorado Courtney Fedor, Interlake, D, Sr.
Columbia Emily Johnson, Forest Ridge (does not play for school team), F, Sr.
Concordia University Ana Delgadillo, Columbia River, D, Sr.
Elmira College (New York) Sage Miller, Nathan Hale, F-D, Sr.
Florida International Lyrik Fryer, Issaquah, D, Jr.
Grand Canyon University Madison Reynolds, Columbia River, F, Sr.
Harvard Mia Bladin, The Northwest School, MF, Sr.
Hawaii Pacific University Lindsay Hurley, Columbia River, D, Sr.; Marianna de M. Castro, Redmond, GK, Sr.
Idaho Andes Archibald, Richland, D, Sr.
Illinois Kara Marbury, Mead (Spokane), F, Jr.
Middle Tennessee State Kathy Thomas, Franklin Pierce, D, Sr.
University of Nevada Rylee Peterson, Edmonds-Woodway, F, Jr.
Kentucky Rachel Wheeler, Issaquah, F, Sr.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ashleigh Cade, Bonney Lake, F-MF, Sr.
UNLV Jordan Sallee, Stadium, GK, Sr.
Minnesota Hannah Holm, University (Spokane), F, Sr.
University of Montana Charlene Burger, Columbia River, MF, Sr.; Chanelle Pederson, Bellarmine Prep, D, Sr.
Montana State-Billings Jordyn England, Stanwood (does not play for school), GK, Sr.
Northern Arizona Maddie Sjothun, Union (Vancouver), D, Sr.
Oregon Abby Morrow, Inglemoor, MF-F, Sr.
Oregon State Emma Bergstorm, Interlake, MF-F, Sr.; Celia Vaughn, Gig Harbor, MF, Sr.
Pennsylvania Darby Mason, Lakeside (does not play for school team), MF, Sr.
Point Loma Nazarene Easton Kawasaki, Columbia River, F-MF, Sr.
Portland Kimberly Hazlett, Squalicum, F, So.; Jessica Kennedy, Lewis & Clark (Spokane), MF, Sr.; Mady Seckman, Kamiak, D, Sr.; Rylee Seekins, Hockinson, MF, So.
Portland State — Zoe Vincini, Shorewood, F, Sr.; Mackenzie Bean, Bothell, F, Sr.
Princeton University Beth Stella, Kings, MF-F, Sr.
Santa Clara University Jenna Holtz, Bellarmine Prep, MF, Sr.
Seattle University Isabelle Butterfield, Bellevue, MF-F, Sr.; Maddie Racine, Eastside Catholic, MF-F, Sr.; Hunter Mar, Kentridge, MF-F, Jr.
Seattle Pacific University — Brooke Holland, Skyline, MF, Sr.; Molly Stinson, Woodinville, GK, Sr.; Julia DeVere, Squalicum, MF, Jr.
Stanford Mariah Lee, Kentwood (does not play for school), F, Sr.
St. Marys Martha Heaps, Mead (Spokane), D, Sr.
Troy University Megan Charlton, Kentwood, GK, Sr.
Utah Natalie Vukic, Bainbridge, MF-F, Sr.; Madison Clarkson, Auburn Mountainview, MF, Sr.
Vanderbilt Logan Cox, Capital (Olympia), D-MF, Sr.
Washington Taylor Sekyra, Lake Washington (transfer from Liberty-Issaquah), D, Jr.; Jessica Udovich, Puyallup, MF-D, Jr.
Washington State Jordan Branch, Skyline, MF-D, Sr.; Elizabeth Griffith, Puyallup, MF, Jr.; Abbey Porter, Skyline, D, Jr.
Western Washington — Gabby Brower, Hazen, D, Sr.; Sierra Shugarts, Decatur, D, Sr.
State rankings by classification (4A, 3A, 2A)
1, Skyline (13-1-1)
2, Gig Harbor (8-0-5)
3, Kentridge (12-0-4)
4, Central Valley (Spokane) (13-1-1)
5, Camas (13-2-2)
6, Issaquah (11-3-1)
7, Mead (13-3-1)
8, Curtis (13-2-1)
9, Chiawana (15-2-0)
10, Jackson (13-1-3)
On the bubble: Federal Way (11-3-2), Union (Vancouver) (12-3-1), Snohomish (13-2-1), Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (12-4-0), Woodinville (10-4-1), Tahoma (8-3-3), Puyallup (9-2-3), Edmonds-Woodway (12-2-2), Inglemoor (8-2-4), Eastlake (8-6-1), Kentwood (8-3-3),
1, Columbia River (15-0-1)
2, Kamiakin (15-1-0)
3, Bainbridge (12-1-2)
4, Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (12-2-3)
5, Shorecrest (14-2-1)
6, Bonney Lake (13-2-1)
7, Auburn Mountainview (14-2-1)
8, Bellevue (12-3-0)
9, Timberline (11-1-2)
10, Seattle Prep (10-2-6)
On the bubble: Bishop Blanchet (11-5-3), Shorewood (10-5-2), Peninsula (9-5-1), Mount Spokane (10-4-1), Marysville Getchell (10-4-3), Interlake (9-3-4), Hanford (10-6-0), Mountlake Terrace (10-6-1), Mercer Island (10-3-3),
1, West Valley (Yakima) (17-0-0)
2, Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (17-0-0)
3, North Kitsap (16-1-0)
4, Black Hills (15-1-1)
5, West Valley (Spokane) (13-2-1)
6, Squalicum (Bellingham) (14-1-2)
7, Ephrata (13-3-1)
8, Klahowya (Silverdale) (14-3-0)
9, Sumner (13-2-1)
10, Fife (14-2-0)
On the bubble: Kingston (12-5-0), Ridgefield (13-3-1), Hockinson (11-5-1), Prosser (13-3-0), Lake Washington (8-6-3), Ellensburg (10-5-1), Olympic (13-5-0), Bellingham (7-5-5), Sehome (Bellingham) (11-3-3), Mark Morris (Longview) (12-4-0), Tumwater (10-7-0), B
TOP 10 PREP GIRLS SOCCER ALL-CLASSIFICATION PRESEASON RANKINGS
By Matt Massey
5. Seattle Prep
6. Mead (Spokane)
7. Meadowdale (Lynnwood)
8. Union (Vancouver)
9. Mount Spokane
10. Lake Washington