Washington state (WIAA) Boys high school soccer playoffs have reached the quarterfinal stage with plenty of action taking place this weekend. Click the thumbnails below to see the latest brackets for 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A. (Cover photo: Central Valley Bears (Spokane), by Erik Smith.)
(Wenatchee Panthers win over Kentwood in a penalty shootout.)
Pasco at Central Valley – Saturday, 1 PM
Led by one of the premier front lines in the state, the Pasco High School boys soccer team will try to make some history Saturday in its Class 4A state quarterfinal game against Central Valley.
The Bears knocked the Bulldogs out of the round of eight last year, and topped them in the 2014 and 2015 regional championship games. For Pasco, Saturday’s 1 p.m. match at Spokane Falls Community College represents a prime opportunity for payback.
“We wanted to play Central Valley,” Pasco senior forward Hector Magana said. “We wanted that revenge. I mean, it’s been three times that they’ve beaten us. It’s not happening a fourth time.”
Highland Scotties dismantle Newport
With aspirations of repeating as Class 1A state champions, the Scotties dominated visiting Newport 7-1 in their second-round match Friday to book a spot in the state semifinals next weekend at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
“The moment you’re satisfied is the moment you think you’ve reached the best that you can be,” Wagner said. “We played well today, but we can play better. Being satisfied will make us stop working — and we need to keep working.”
From the opening whistle, Highland (16-3-1) looked to set the tempo, dominating possession and creating early chances on goal.
The opener came in the 12th minute when Francisco Magana found an open Saul Silva who buried a half volley past Newport’s Adam Moorehead. The Scotties added two more in the first half, both of which came courtesy of senior captain Missael Lopez.
“We have like seven guys who can score at any time,” Lopez said. “When we play together we always try to pass the ball around and look for the player with the best shot.”