The Enumclaw Hornets have played their way into the Class 4A state soccer tournament, one of just 16 teams still alive.
The EHS squad opened state play Wednesday, Nov. 6, against Auburn Riverside, the No. 1 seed from the West Central/Southwest District tourney. Enumclaw advanced as the No. 8 seed from the same district.
The game between the Hornets and Ravens was a loser-out affair. The winner plays later this week in the state 4A quarterfinals.
The Hornet girls had secured their state berth the evening of Nov. 7, defeating the Camas Papermakers in most exciting fashion.
Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation play, Enumclaw dominated the shootout with a 4-1 advantage in penalty kicks. Finding the net on PKs were Alison Laukala, Bella Hoyer, Monica Brown and Sawyer Anderson.
In the loser-out contest – played on the neutral turf of Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia – the Hornets found themselves trailing 2-0 at intermission. A pair of goals by sophomore Mia Ammons, one at 55 minutes and the second in the 69th, tied the contest.
That victory brought a Saturday game against Bellarmine Prep that only served to determine seeding to state. The Hornets came up short against the Lions, falling 2-0.
The Hornet girls played their way through the North Puget Sound League 4A tournament, emerging at the No. 4 seed from the 12-team tourney.
With that success comes a berth into this week’s West Central/Southwest District tournament and a chance to advance to the Class 4A state tournament. State will be contested Nov. 22-23 in the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Enumclaw’s district adventure will begin Friday afternoon with a contest against Skyview High. The 4:45 match will be played at Curtis Junior High School. Win or lose, the Hornets will play a second match on Friday. The double-elimination format will see four squads bounced from tourney play by the close of Friday. The rest will continue play Saturday with the top eight earning a state appearance.
For coach Jackie Carel and her crew, the NPSL tourney was a one-day affair, having earned an opening-round bye. The Hornets started with a 3-0 loss to the Tahoma Bears, leading to a contest against Auburn Riverside. A 3-0 loss to the Ravens gave Enumclaw the No. 4 seed.
Enumclaw High sent six runners – three boys and three girls – to Saturday’s state championship meet.
The big meet, bringing together prep runners from all classifications, was again staged at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
The six Hornets earned their state trips during the West Central District meet at Chambers Bay.
For the EHS boys, senior Jacob Dickson placed 84th with a time of 16 minutes, 30.10 seconds; sophomore Trevor Storm was 110th at 16:47.70; and junior Seth Coons was 130th with a time of 17:03.10.
Enumclaw’s girls were paced by senior Natasha Puzon, who wound up 53rd with a time of 19:26.50. Others earning a state trip were sophomore Addie Neu, 106th, 20:16.20, and freshman Kate Dickson, 120th, 20:39.