Women's Soccer Semifinal Preview
All matches at Starfire Stadium – Tukwila, WA
Shoreline vs Spokane, November 14 – 10:30am
Shoreline entered the tournament as the #3 seed from the North upsetting both Bellevue and Lane in penalty kicks in the 1st and 2nd rounds. Their lone goal in regular time this tournament came from freshman Tayler Lime who has recorded 5 on the season, but the real star has been Freshman goal keeper Nazarena Hernandez.
Through the tournament, Hernandez has recorded 10 saves (SV%90) and conceded just 3 PK’s in each of the shootouts.
Spokane continues to roll, defeating a very good Everett team (16-4-1) in the quarterfinals. The Trojans drew 1st blood with an early goal in the 10th minute, but Spokane answered with a goal of their own early in the 2nd half. Everett reclaimed the lead 7 minutes later in the 61st minute, but NWAC leading scorer (28) Alysha Overland answered right back just 2 minutes later. The game would remain tied until Alysha’s twin sister Stephanie scored the game winner in overtime.
These two teams last met in the 2014 Friendlies, a game in which Spokane won 3-1.
Highline vs Peninsula, November 14 – 1:00pm
#1 seed from the West, Highline defeated a defensively sound Clark team 2-0. The first goal came as soon as Highline’s Madison Gale stepped off the bus, scoring in the 1st minute. Clark had plenty of chances, but Thunderbird goalkeeper Rachel Thompson was solid and posted 5 saves.
Chentay Warnes put the game away in the 63rd minute scoring the 2nd goal.
Peninsula, #1 seed from the North, survived a defensive battle against North Idaho in the quarterfinals. The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 for 105 minutes, until Ellie Small scored in overtime off of a nice assist from Myu Ban.
Ban continues to lead the NWAC in assists, her total now at 14.
This game will feature the NWAC’s most prolific offenses, Peninsula with 86 goals scored and one of the toughest defenses, Highline with 9 goals allowed and 13 shutouts.
These two teams met last season in a game that ended in a 0-0 draw. There will be no draws this Saturday, someone will advance to the Championship game.