It’s a big night for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team. A state berth is on the line in their playoff game against Sehome. Preview and pick here!!

Another long trip awaits the Cedarcrest High School girls’ soccer team, but you know, long bus rides are not a new thing to this Red Wolve program, as they had one just this past Saturday up to Burlington. Well, the bus ride will be a bit longer tonight as they head up to Civic Stadium in Bellingham with a chance to head to state on the line. And all the while, the girls will be doing plenty of homework on both legs of the trip, keeping their classroom studies just as sharp as their soccer skills.


This playoff run has been, we would guess, a very bittersweet one for this CHS team, having to do it amidst a backdrop of so much sadness and emotion what with the recent passings of two of their fellow Cedarcrest students. But the success this team has shown has, we’d also guess, been a bright light for a campus that is needing something good to rally around. And that success has them into a game tonight in which a win can get them back to state once again for the first time in two years.

CHS comes into this one off a 2-0 win this past weekend over a very good Burlington-Edison team, but we told you B-E’s lack of strong non-conference preparation could hurt them, and it perhaps did, we don’t exactly know. But what we can say is that Sehome is once again going to be a quality NWC opponent for this Cedarcrest team. They finished tied for first in the league with a 12-1 league record, 13-2-1 overall. They beat B-E in their one league meeting this season and, to their credit, also scheduled a challenging foe out of conference unlike B-E; Sehome played West Seattle just a couple of weekends ago in fact on October 19, and fell 3-2 to the Metro League’s top team.

This group has a little more experience in the stable, with eight seniors, including both goalkeepers – Jessica Melvin and Linnea DeVange – leading the way. Also watch fellow senior defenders Janie Wilson and Payton Kapp, and midfielders Frannie Fleming, Josie Studley and Lillian Gruman.

You know the players on this CHS team. Erhardt. Griffin. “GMac” (McKenzie). “Mad Dog” (Davidson). Berberich. Many others. This is a group that is a unified group, a group that has to its credit a ton of great wins this year – including the Valley Cup over Mount Si – and also is strong in the classroom, having successfully defended their state 2A Academic Championship for girls’ soccer this fall.

So with that all said, here are the names of every player on this CHS roster. Goalies Katelyn Berberich and Melissa Hunt. Forwards Sam Fairbanks, Lillian Marshall, Gracie Olson, Makena Guenther, Ava Erhardt, Elisa Pirra, Ellie Croshaw and the “Mad Dog”, Madelyn Davidson. Defenders Annaliese Irwin, Emmie Rezoski, Heather Olson, Katie Fulton, Megan Floyd and “GMac”, Grace McKenzie. Midfielders Leah Cammarano, Abby Golden, Erin Hall, Natalie Amble, Emma Spell and Sidra Griffin. Their coaches are Alex Hickox, Christi Irwin and Kelly Connell. And this group, who celebrated their win this past Saturday with a trip to McDonald’s on the way out of the Skagit Valley, will perhaps get to do that again tonight, this time as we expect they’re going to have a state berth in their back pocket. Look for another Red Wolve win, albeit in a little closer fashion than perhaps this past weekend’s win was.


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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