Local teams chasing state soccer berths

Check out the various paths White River, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, and Sumner will have to travel to get into state competitions.

White River senior Choe Narolski and her Hornet teammates opened West Central District play this week. Above, Narolski races past a Foss defender during the Hornets’ regular season finale. Photo by Kevin Hanson

White River senior Choe Narolski and her Hornet teammates opened West Central District play this week. Above, Narolski races past a Foss defender during the Hornets’ regular season finale. Photo by Kevin Hanson

With their regular seasons in the rear-view mirror, all four local prep soccer teams plowed into postseason play.

Tournaments are ongoing and here’s look at where the area high school squads stand.

WHITE RIVER

The league-champion Hornets earned a first-round bye into the 12 team, West Central District soccer tournament, taking to the pitch for the first time Tuesday night.

Results of the Oct. 30 contest came too late to be included in this edition. The Hornets were paired against the Sequim Wolves.

Tuesday’s winner will play in Saturday’s WCD championship contest, having already secured a berth in the Class 2A state tourney. If White River lost Tuesday’s game against Sequim, the Hornets will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Franklin Pierce High School against either Port Angeles or Fife; that game is a loser-out, winner-to-state contest.

The Hornets were the No. 1 district entry from the South Puget Sound League tournament, by virtue of defeating the Lindbergh Eagles 1-0 in the championship round.

White River reached the league tourney finale thanks to an Oct. 23, 3-1 victory over the Fife Trojans. That came a day after the Hornets had blanked Eatonville 2-0.

Postseason play capped a regular season in which White River posted an impressive record of 11-1-4; that included a mark of 9-0-4 and a first-place finish in the SPSL East.

ENUMCLAW

The EHS girls finished North Puget Sound League Olympic Division play with a record of 6-7-1, good for fifth place in the standings.

With that, Enumclaw first paired against Hazen High, the No. 5 squad from the Olympic Division. In the Oct. 25 crossover match, Hazen prevailed 1-0, meaning Enumclaw headed to the West Central/Southwest District tourney as the No. 10 seed.

That meant a Tuesday night, loser-out contest against the Olympia Bears. Results came too late to be included in this edition.

If Enumclaw prevailed Tuesday, the Hornets will next play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, taking on Auburn Riverside at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia. That also is a loser-out contest, with the winner guaranteed a seeding game on Nov. 3 and a spot in the Class 4A state tournament.

BONNEY LAKE

As the No. 1 seed from the Pierce County League, the Panthers launched into the West Central/Southwest District soccer tournament this week.

Having received a first-round bye, the Panthers took on North Thurston in their tourney opener, playing at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 on their home turf in Bonney Lake. Results of the contest came too late to be included in this edition.

No matter the outcome in the district opener, the Panthers’ next tourney game will come at 5 p.m. Thursday. A first-round win would bring a game at South Sound Stadium in Lacey against the winner of a Timberline/Prairie High pairing; a first-round loss would put the Panthers into the loser’s bracket, meaning a Thursday trip to Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, where they would face the Timberline/Prairie loser.

Of the 12 teams playing in the district tournament, the top five will advance to the Class 3A state tourney.

SUMNER

Coming off a regular season in which they placed second in the South Puget Sound League, the Sumner Spartans now head into postseason play.

The SHS squad will begin the West Central/Southwest District tournament on Thursday, Nov. 1, taking on Auburn Mountainview from the North Puget Sound League. Game time is 7 p.m. at the neutral site of Art Crate Field in Spanaway.

Thursday’s games are loser-out affairs, with winners advancing to play again Nov. 3, assured of being one of seven district teams earning a berth in the state 4A tourney.

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