The girls of the White River soccer program put together an undefeated regular season, steamrolled a pair of district foes and shut out their first two opponents in the Class 2A state tournament.
As a reward, the Hornets now find themselves just two victories shy of a state championship.
The next step in the title quest comes Friday when White River takes on Columbia River High at Shoreline Stadium. The top-ranked, 20-0 Hornets will take the pitch against the 18-2-1 Chieftains of Vancouver. The other semifinal bracket has Liberty of Issaquah challenging West Valley-Spokane.
All four teams will return to Shoreline Stadium Saturday. The semifinal winners will meet at 4 p.m. for the state 2A championship; the semifinal losers will battle at noon for third- and fourth-place honors.
White River’s state journey began Nov. 7 with a 3-0, home-field victory over the S Vikings. That was followed by a 2-0 win against Cedarcrest, also on the Hornets’ turf, on Nov. 10. In the state tourney opener, White River goals were provided by Haylee Gunter, Chloe Narolski and Emma Robbins. In the quarterfinal win over the Red Wolves, Annabelle Hall scored both Hornet goals.
For White River, goalkeeper Ally Glebe posted shutouts.