SVSJ preview: Cedarcrest High School girls’ soccer looks to rebound from heartbreaking 2016 end, make deep run in 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: We continue our high school sports preview series today with a look at Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team. We have on deck two more Mount Si High School squads – boys’ golf and girls’ soccer – and hope to feature more teams as well.

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team saw its season last fall cut short in heartbreaking fashion with them not making state despite a strong 12-5-3 record. The 2017 Red Wolves are looking to rebound from that, and backed by a solid group of returners, the chances look good for another strong run.

Alex Hickox is back for his third season at the helm of the Red Wolves, and he has seven seniors of note who will all play key roles this fall with Cedarcrest. That group is led by goalie Dakota Barnes, who missed parts of last season with injuries, and defenders Kate Hickox, Trinity Campbell, Maia Rezoski and Kylie Thomas. Forwards Sophie Paradis and Tessa Graham round out that senior class, and will be aided up front by junior forward Sarah Hommas, who the past two seasons has been named an all-Cascade Conference first teamer. Hickox and Thomas themselves also made the all-league list as second-team selections, so this CHS group has plenty of top talent, many of whom you will likely see playing at the next level.

The group up front also will have some new faces. Freshmen Treena Bolin, Sidra Griffin and Annalise Irwin will help bolster what already, with Hommas leading the way, is a strong cast of forwards and midfielders for the Red Wolves.

Hickox likes his chances in the league this season. “Typically and over the past 4-5 years, it has been a race at the top from Kings, Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest – I suspect it will be the same again this year,” Hickox said by email to the SVSJ. “We have our returning starting defenders and goalkeeper from last year which only conceded 12 goals against over a 20 game span. Last year, our starting keeper, Dakota Barnes, was lost in the season in early October and we used 4 other players to fill her spot while she was on the DL. We expect to keep goals against at a minimum and aiming to getting below our 12 GA last year. We are excited about the upcoming season and look to getting beyond our District Tournament and into State. After our disappointing exit from Districts last year, the players are hungry and eager in getting started.”

As Hickox notes, other teams to watch will include King’s and Archbishop Murphy. But part of the reason why the team is always in the mix at the top is their very tough non-conference schedule against top teams from around the Northwest District. And that tough non-conference is evident once again this season as they open with a pair of road tests against two of the top 2A squads in the district next week, Liberty of the Kingco Conference and Burlington-Edison of the Northwest Conference. They’ll open the home schedule next Saturday against Kingco’s Sammamish, and they’ll also have a mid-season non-conference clash, September 30 against Interlake, again from Kingco. The league schedule opens September 12 against Sultan.

The coach is hoping for a good result in 2017. “Each year, we talk about winning State – that is our goal. How we get there is mapped out specifically at the beginning of each season. We are built on our organization out of the back, we like having the ball and we’re going to be aggressive on our attack,” he said.

Home games, with the exception of the games next Saturday and September 30, will kick off at 7:00 p.m. and be at Cedarcrest High School’s stadium in Duvall, located at the school, 29000 NE 150th St. The two other games are both Saturday afternoon starts, with special 2:00 p.m. start times.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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