CHS girls’ soccer seeks state berth tonight in Northwest semis. Preview and pick of the game against Liberty is here…..

On the pitch tonight, Cedarcrest High School’s girls are in action in the Northwest District playoffs.

WESCO 2A/3A SOCCER
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. LIBERTY PATRIOTS
CEDARCREST HIGH SCHOOL, DUVALL, KICKOFF 6:00 P.M.

The Red Wolves tonight look to punch a ticket to state, but they’ll have to earn it, as it’s against a strong Kingco foe in Liberty. They’re currently 11-2-2 on the season and finished second in the Kingco 2A/3A.

The main threat for the Patriots is junior Nikayla Copenhaver. She has 12 goals and eight assists this season, and had a goal and two helpers this past Saturday for Liberty in their district playoff-opening win over Bellingham. She by far has the lead in both the goals and assists department for the Patriots, with the next closest player in the two categories only accounting for three goals or four assists respectively. But where Liberty perhaps may be a bit top-heavy in terms of their scoring, they make up for it in overall performance and the fact they do play in the Kingco Conference.

One of the negatives of the Wesco scheduling this fall for CHS is that it cost them the ability to load up a non-league schedule with Kingco opposition, as they had done for the previous couple seasons with the Cascade Conference. Granted, they faced Mount Si this year, but they only had two non-league games total and the other was with Wesco 4A rival Monroe, a fairly close opponent. So the hope will be that the strong Wesco prep will set them up for a strong showing tonight.

We’ve already mentioned the names of the players on CHS, doing this this past weekend, and the same can be expected of all of them from what they did on Saturday in their 2-0 home win over Lynden that opened the playoffs for the Red Wolves. The challenge tonight will be to build off that success from the weekend, and do so against a familiar, albeit challenging, foe. As we noted on Saturday in our preview of that game, the Red Wolves have been strong at home, but have had their slipups, falling to the Wildcats, Edmonds-Woodway and Archbishop Murphy, perhaps their three toughest foes on the home schedule this year, at home. Liberty is in that same class of opponent so the home field advantage may not be enough in this one unless the defense shuts down Copenhaver.

This one will require a lot of hard work, which as we also told you over the weekend, is not a big deal to these CHS ladies as they’re fairly accustomed to that ethic both on and off the field. But Liberty, we sense, may be a bit tougher nut to crack than Lynden was this past Saturday. We look for the Patriots to punch the berth tonight and for the CHS’ers to need a back door to make it back to state.

LIBERTY 2, CEDARCREST 1

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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