The pressure of state playoffs should be no sweat for the Mt. Spokane and Lewis and Clark boys soccer teams.
The Wildcats and Tigers got there through a series of loser-out matches, and the payoff is a chance to open state play in Spokane.
“Our team is riding pretty high right now,” said LC coach Mica Lamb, whose Tigers (17-3) finished only fourth in the Greater Spokane League and third at district before winning regionals with 1-0 road wins at Central Valley and Pasco.
“A strong defensive mentality will continue to be our recipe for success,” Lamb said.
“We always believed we are a team capable of winning a state championship. We’re having fun right now and it’s showing in our results,” Lamb said.
Next up is a first-round 4A match on Wednesday at Spokane Falls Community College against Puyallup (12-2-3), the South Puget Sound League regular-season champion and No. 6 qualifier out of district.
“I assume they’re very good as the SPSL is one of the deepest leagues in the state,” Lamb said.
Meanwhile, Mt. Spokane won a pair of loser-out games – including a 3-0 payback win against Rogers – to earn a 3A berth. The Wildcats (7-9) face Interlake at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at SFCC.
After losing to Rogers in the district finals, the Wildcats took a shootout win at Kennewick – a victory that coach Ryan Campanella said “solidified us as a team that can make a strong postseason run.”
In Saturday’s rematch with Rogers, “We came in with a purpose,” Campanella said. Mt. Spokane scored twice in the first half of a one-sided match.
“We tweaked some things … and we played a little more aggressively,” said Dylan Good, who scored a pair of goals.
Interlake, the No. 5 seed out of the KingCo league, is 10-5 overall.
Also in the playoff hunt is Central Valley, which fell to LC 1-0 last week before eliminating Ferris by the same score on Saturday at SFCC.
That sends the Bears to Yakima for a 5 p.m. date Tuesday against Mid-Columbia Conference runner-up Davis. If CV wins at Davis, it will face Pasco or Mount Rainier in the quarterfinals.
In the 2A ranks, Great Northern League champion Pullman will play host to Quincy at 5 p.m. Tuesday. If the Greyhounds win, they’ll hit the road this weekend to play Toppenish or Grandview.
Thanks to a 3-0 win over Colville in the District 7 title game, Newport will play at home on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the 1A playoffs. The Grizzlies (12-5) will face Cascade of Leavenworth.
Colville will make the longest trip of any area team: the Indians face LaCenter at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland High School, south of Longview.
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