Red Wolves. Tigers. On the pitch today with everything on the line. Preview and our thoughts now on a Saturday morning…..

Down to it. The season is on the line for Cedarcrest in the Northwest District playoffs today up north.

WESCO CONFERENCE 2A/3A SOCCER
NORTHWEST DISTRICT PLAYOFFS – WINNER TO STATE, LOSER OUT
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES (2) VS. BURLINGTON-EDISON TIGERS (5)
SEDRO-WOOLLEY HIGH SCHOOL, SEDRO-WOOLLEY, 3:00 P.M. KICK

A familiar foe awaits the Red Wolves this afternoon in the Skagit Valley as they look to punch a trip to state. The Burlington-Edison Tigers have been a regular opponent for these CHS ladies the past few seasons, both in regular-season and in postseason, and this year is no exception. B-E has a strong 13-3-1 record this season in a very tough Northwest Conference, and beat Sedro-Woolley Tuesday to make it to this game today after falling to Archbishop Murphy last week in the quarterfinals. The Tigers are seeded fifth in this tournament.

Junior Moira MacKay leads B-E. She has a staggering 32 goals this season along with 11 assists. That perhaps makes her the best goal scorer in the entire Northwest Conference, although we don’t know that for sure. Regardless, Cedarcrest’s defense must keep people on her at all times and keep her at bay. Senior Grace Clark (11 goals), sophomore Miranda Maskell (10 goals) and senior Clara Mattison (six goals, 12 assists) provide strong supporting roles for the Tigers, making them perhaps the wild cards in this one today if CHS’ defense does its job on MacKay.

The Red Wolves come in off a 1-0 loss Tuesday to Liberty in the winner-to-state semis, and the challenge gets no easier today for this group, who has had a great season as you all know but has had its stumbles against strong competition. B-E represents another solid foe, albeit a known one, so how the girls respond with the knowledge that if they lose today, their dreams of returning to state will go unfulfilled, will be the question to be answered.

You know many of the names and faces of this Red Wolves team and you know what they’ve done both on the field and in the classroom this season. Again, here are their names. Seniors Piper Parish, Brianna Johnson, Taylor Burton, Abby McKenzie, Taylor Berberich, Sarah Hommas, Lauren Miller, Olivia Fulton, Haylie Scott and Brooke Benson. Junior Makena Guenther. Sophomores Jessi Polacek, Annaliese Irwin, Grace McKenzie, Emme Rezoski, Sidra Griffin, Treena Bolin, Heather Olson and Ava Erhardt. Freshmen Natalie McCabe and Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson. Regardless of today’s end result, these girls are true winners and this community should be proud of their success.

We sadly expect B-E to get this done and get that state berth, but you Cedarcrest ladies should know that an entire lower Valley community is behind you and hopes for your continued success both on the field and in the classroom as well.

BURLINGTON EDISON 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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