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NWPrepsNow: LC, Mt. Spokane have momentum heading into state soccer playoffs

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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