Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team plays for a district title today against an old friend. Preview and pick right here, right now!!

Busy day of previews and picks for you and we continue on the pitch with the Cedarcrest High School girls as they travel down to Renton to meet a friendly foe, one which they probably wish they could play more but sadly can’t, in the Liberty Patriots.


Cedarcrest and Liberty resume their longstanding, but what has been described as friendly, rivalry today, this for the first time in two seasons and with a lot on the line this time – a Northwest 2A District title.

So why has it taken them two seasons to get back together? Well, this rivalry was one of the unfortunate casualties of the change of leagues two seasons ago for CHS, from the Cascade Conference to the Wesco. With the Wesco playing a league schedule involving every team playing every other team at least once, that left a more limited availabilty of non-conference dates, which CHS used as you know on the Valley Cup with Mount Si and a much closer, but still high-quality, home and home set with Monroe. Perhaps if CHS changes leagues again next year and joins Kingco, the two teams will begin their rivalry again, but time will tell.

In any event, you should get down there today to see this because these two teams, frankly, are among the best in high school girls’ soccer on the entire Eastside, and this is even with them playing as 2A schools with far smaller student populations than such schools as Mount Si, Skyline, Issaquah or Eastlake, all of whom have strong programs in the 4A level.

CHS is here thanks to two players – Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson, who scored both goals for Cedarcrest in their 2-0 semifinal win Tuesday night over Sehome in Bellingham, and goalie Katelyn Berberich, who made huge save after huge save down the stretch in that game to help the Red Wolves get that win. This is how coach Alex Hickox described Berberich’s efforts to us. “Saving a 1v1 attempt and just getting to balls that most keeper should not be getting to – this was for the first half as well. Her first-half save off a direct free kick was a marvel. She was our MVP (Tuesday) night. 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 earlier this week.

But in truth, it’s not just these two players who have excelled, it’s the whole team. You know, this program under Hickox and his predecessors over the years has been among the best in 2A high school girls soccer around the state. But this year’s run may be their best yet, and that is because of the backdrop this run is coming amidst, a backdrop which as you all know by now has been a difficult one for many filled with a lot of emotion.

The Patriots are loaded, that’s for sure. Liberty blasted Kingco rival Sammamish 7-0 in their semi on Tuesday and boast a 10-4-2 record. Senior Niki Copenhaver leads the green, blue and sliver. The Kingco 2A/3A co-Offensive MVP this fall, she has 16 goals on the season, which we’re presuming leads the league in that category. Fellow senior Kingco first-teamer Myka Carr has seven on the season and sophomore Ashley Kirschner has eight. Kirschner won all-league honorable mention from coaches. And that’s not all.

Senior defenders Reece Tappan and Taylor Elfstrom are all-league first-teamers this fall, junior midfielder Chloe Mendoza earned a second-team honor, and junior defender Alexa Ford won honorable mention. Coach Tami Nguyen has a deep roster and one which we suspect that is going to go a long way in the state playoffs, that’s for sure.

With a lot of these players playing for top club programs such as Eastside FC and Crossfire FC, this will be a matchup which we expect will be played at a very high level. With the big Sounders men’s pro match tomorrow, today’s high school girls’ game will be a good way for you, if you are a soccer fan, to whet the appetite in advance of the big game tomorrow and also get out and support local kids. We look for Liberty to get the win but we also look for CHS to make a good run in the state playoffs as well. We’ll talk more about that next week.


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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