CHS girls soccer headed to state after a pair of goals from “Mad Dog” and outstanding work in net from goalie Berberich lift Red Wolves over Sehome

This season for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team is becoming a very special one, that’s for sure. They made it even more special last night by locking down a return trip to state.

Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson scored two goals within three minutes of one another in the first half, then the Red Wolves defense and goalie Katelyn Berberich stepped up huge the rest of the way, as CHS held off Sehome 2-0 up in Bellingham to advance to the Northwest 2A District championship game this weekend and also get that state berth for the first time in two seasons.

“The girls are playing huge right now,” coach Alex Hickox told the SVSJ. Noting the team won its fifth straight game with last night’s win, he also noted, “This family is so motivated and determined and they are a fun bunch to watch play.”

The two goals from Davidson, in the 25th and 28th minutes, came as the result of good preparation. “We had a pretty clear strategy against them going in – some of that strategy was to look to play a little more direct and see if we could expose their back-line (they play three in the back). So, they give a lot of space on their sidelines on their back-line,” Hickox told us. “We knew that they would be susceptible to counter-attacks too since they also play a highline in the back. We do have speed on this team and so this was our attack plan.” And it worked.

Berberich then stepped up in the second half, making saves that, according to her head coach, she probably had no business making but make she did. “And this, from a player that was going to be a field player on the JV team this year – she has really improved and we owe a lot to our goalkeeper coach, Eric Berberich (father of Katelyn). If it hadn’t been for him and his passion to help Katelyn perform, we would not be where we are, really,” Hickox told us. We’re guessing father and daughter had a darn good ride home last night debriefing after the game.

“We’re excited with our opportunities and the girls are taking great advantage of them,” Hickox told us, and those opportunities now include a chance at a district title on Saturday afternoon, meeting an old friend and challenging foe in Liberty. Game is at 3:00 down at Liberty High School in Renton. “Great bunch of young women to be associated with – truth,” the coach added.

Good stuff and we congratulate all of you on this accomplishment!!

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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