Cedarcrest’s girls’ soccer team heads north for their playoff opener; here’s a preview and our pick for today’s clash with the B-E Tigers, plus some travel info for Red Wolves fans

In addition to Mount Si High School’s volleyball team playoffs, Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ soccer team is also in the postseason, and they head north to Burlington-Edison High School today to meet the Tigers in the first round of the Northwest 2A District playoffs.

CASCADE 2A CONFERENCE GIRLS’ SOCCER
NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS-FIRST ROUND
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES AT BURLINGTON-EDISON TIGERS
BURLINGTON-EDISON HIGH SCHOOL, BURLINGTON
TODAY, KICKOFF 1:00 P.M.

Today’s matchup features a pair of teams with almost identical records. CHS comes in off a loss earlier this week to Archbishop Murphy and is 11-4-1 overall, 11-2-1 in league, while B-E is 13-2-1 overall, 10-1-1 in the Northwest Conference.

CHS is led by junior Meghan Rodger, who punched in a pair of goals for the Red Wolves in a win over Granite Falls October 22, and senior Maggie Richey, who established herself this year as one of the top goalies in the Cascade with five shutouts helping CHS to that strong 11-4-1 record. Another player who has made some noise this fall has been freshman Sarah Hommas, so she will be a player to watch today for the Red Wolves.

Among the losses, though, for the Red Wolves this fall outside of this past Wednesday’s game, and by the way, a comment on that – it sort of is unfortunate in our opinion that the contest had to be decided by a penalty kick in stoppage time, but it is what it is, was to Squalicum, who just beat out B-E for top spot in the Northwest. The Northwest as you all know is considered to be the tougher of the two conferences, and B-E is 2-0 outside of conference this fall, with wins over Black Hills and Kennedy Catholic. The Tiger D has only allowed 14 goals all season, so they will be a tough one to contend with for the Red Wolves.

We’re going with the hosts from the Skagit Valley in this one.

BURLINGTON-EDISON 3, CEDARCREST 0

Directions to Burlington-Edison High School: There’s a couple of ways to get to B-E from I-5 coming from the south/Duvall. From the Valley, you’ll want to find your way to I-5 north going to Bellingham, then once you arrive in Burlington, here’s the two choices:

-You can take the SR-20 exit, #230, and turn right going east on SR 20. At Burlington Blvd., turn left and head north and the parking lot for the school will be on your left just past the intersection with Avon Avenue.

-Or you can take the next exit, #231, the one for SR 11, and turn right going south on Burlington Blvd. Just past the roundabout on your right will be the parking lot for the school.

Food/Gas: The area around Cascade Mall, just a few minutes south of the school on Burlington Blvd., is full of restaurants/gas stations, so you’ll probably want to stop either pre-or-post game in this neighborhood, as the trip from the Valley should run you around an hour or so each way, and total around 100-120 miles round trip. Among the fast-food places in town along the routes to the school include a McDonald’s (west of I-5 on SR 20 at exit #230), Jack in the Box (downtown at the corner of SR-20/Rio Vista Ave. and Burlington Blvd), Popeye’s Chicken and Taco Bell (both near the mall on Burlington Blvd.). Sit-down establishments around the mall if you want to get up there early and have some lunch prior to the kickoff include Red Robin and Applebee’s. There’s also a Chuck E. Cheese pizza restaurant at the mall itself, so if you will have younger children (elementary age and younger) along for the trip, that would be a good place to go.

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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