Sumner earns berth in 4A state soccer

The Sumner Spartans were the only local school still standing as Washington prep soccer headed into state tournament play.

As a reward, the Spartans earned a long bus ride to Eastern Washington.

The Spartans opened Class 4A state play Tuesday night with a game against the Central Valley Bears of the Greater Spokane League. Results of the first-round, loser-out contest – played on the turf at Spokane Falls Community College – came too late to be included here.

Sumner High had secured a state berth May 11 with a 2-1 victory over Auburn Riverside. That resulted in a seeding game May 13 against Mount Rainier, a contest the Spartans dropped by a 1-0 margin. The split decisions left Sumner as the No 8 seed into state play from the West Central/Southwest District tournament.

Sumner entered state play with a record of 12-4-2 overall. The Spartans placed second in the South Puget Sound League 4A with a mark of 11-3-2.

The Bonney Lake Panthers had advanced to West Central/Southwest District play in the Class 3A division, but failed to make the state field.

Playing May 11 at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia, the Panthers fell 5-0 to Shelton and saw their season come to a close.

Bonney Lake finished its season with an overall mark of 8-8-1. That included a 7-6-1 record in Pierce County League play, good for fifth place.