#RedWolvesStrong. #YouMatter. Cedarcrest’s girls’ soccer team opens the playoffs tonight, looking to help not just themselves, but an entire lower Valley community, heal

Good Thursday morning. Volleyball soon from last night’s Mount Si High School playoff game, and some huge news from both Wildcat football and boys basketball as well but we lead it off this morning taking a look at what is an important night not just for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team, but perhaps an entire lower Valley. The playoffs are here, but they take on a more important meaning for the community this evening as it looks to heal from what has been a very difficult past few days, and for that matter, few weeks.

NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS – FIRST ROUND (LOSER OUT)
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. BELLINGHAM RED RAIDERS
CEDARCREST HIGH SCHOOL, DUVALL, 6:00 P.M. KICK
#REDWOLVESSTRONG #YOUMATTER

It is a big night for the Red Wolves, as they are hosting the Northwest Conference’s Red Raiders in the first round 2A Northwest District playoff clash. Note the changed start time – it was moved up an hour from its originally scheduled 7:00 p.m. kick to 6:00 presumably to accomodate the long travel for Bellingham, who comes into this one with a woeful 3-7-6 recordm, 3-4-2 in conference play, seeded 11th overall.

Cedarcrest comes into this one seeded sixth in the district with a record of 8-4-2 in Wesco play, 9-4-3 overall. They won their final regular season game Tuesday 4-2 over Archbishop Murphy and there was plenty of balance on the scoresheet led by junior Ava Erhardt. Erhardt, who is an Athlete of the Week winner this fall, had a hat trick of three goals in the game. Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson also had a goal, with assists to Leah Cammarano, Kati Fulton, Annaliese Irwin, and in an update following the game, Sidra Griffin also grabbed an assist as well as per coach Alex Hickox, who we thank for letting us know. All of these players, along with quite a few others – the whole team, in fact – are a very dangerous bunch and any have the capability to deliver the goods offensively, and that will be a challenge for Bellingham’s defense.

Bellingham has had its offensive challenges this season. They had a 10-0 win over Mount Baker October 3, but in their remaining games, they’ve scored just 13 goals total and went scoreless to start the season in their first four matches, finally getting one in the net against Burlington-Edison, the opponent tonight’s winner will face Saturday, in a match on September 21. With CHS’ defense, anchored by Fulton, Irwin, senior Natalie McCabe and junior Grace McKenzie, the Red Raiders are going to have their challenges getting it to goal, but if they do get it there, the strong CHS goaltending duo of senior Melissa Hunt and junior Katelyn Berberich is there to make things happen. Both have dominated at times this season so whichever one gets the call tonight, and we’d expect that to be Berberich, will definitely be ready.

Players to watch on Bellingham include senior forward Kaelyn Devaney, senior defenders Tessa Perry, Kyla Williams and Eve Schudlich, and junior midfielders Hailey Hamidian and Julia Heywood.

A main focus this week for Cedarcrest as you know has very much been off the field. Yes, there is that very awful negative we have talked about this week of the school – and these players and coaches as part of it – dealing with the tragedy of losing their classmate this past weekend – but on the flip side as we mentioned yesterday came the news of their second straight WIAA 2A girls’ soccer state Academic Championship, recognizing one of the hallmarks of Hickox’s program – its commitment to academic performance.

Tonight’s match will be among the first home varsity athletic events for CHS since last weekend’s tragedy (with volleyball also home, but an hour later at 7:00) so this will be an opportunity for the campus community to come together and further the healing process, a process which we expect is going to take some time, as it’s of course dealing with not one, but two of these tragedies in the past month, and three overall in the past six. A win tonight for this Red Wolve group can serve as a positive tonic for an entire community, a community seeking answers and seeking some normalcy for themselves and their teenagers. #RedWolvesStrong #YouMatter

CEDARCREST 3, BELLINGHAM 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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