The grin on Savannah Hoekstra’s face, bright as the occasional sunshine that played hide and seek with the Central Valley High soccer pitch, spoke volumes.
The State 4A girls soccer quarterfinals were Hoekstra and the Bears’ nemesis the past three seasons. This time things would be different.
Central Valley officially exorcised its quarterfinal demons Saturday, cutting and pasting the Camas Papermakers 7-0 and advancing to the semifinals for the first time in school history.
“This team decided after last year that finishing in the Elite Eight wasn’t good enough for them any more,” Central Valley coach Andres Monrroy said. “Our goal all season long was to get to the Final Four. … We accomplished our mission.”
“We finally get into the state semifinals and who do we play?” a playful Hoekstra asked. “Mead. Wow.”
Mead posted a 1-0 win over Union in its quarterfinal game Saturday, setting up the first All-Greater Spokane League semifinal game – guaranteeing a GSL team will play for a state championship.
It will be the third time this season the Bears and Panthers will meet. Mead won at Central Valley during the regular season and CV won the district title match.
Central Valley erupted for three goals over a 5-minute stretch that started 10 minutes into the first half when Hoekstra fed an open Kelsey Turnbow, who in turn rounded the Camas goalkeeper and delivered a strike into an open net.
Mead 1, Union 0: Alea Acosta pounced on a loose ball in the 49th minute and fired a shot into the net to lift the Panthers to a State 4A quarterfinal victory over the Titans in Camas.
Kamiakin 1, Mt. Spokane 0: The Braves scored in the 68th minute and made it stand up in a State 3A quarterfinal match in Kennewick. The loss ends the Wildcats’ (13-6) season.
Sadie Kallis scored in the seventh minute to open the scoring as West Valley of Yakima shutout West Valley of Spokane 2-0 in a quarterfinal of the State 2A Tournament.
The loss eliminated the Eagles, who outshot Yakima 10-8.
Nik Avakyan scored a second-half hat trick to lead St. George’s past Tacoma Baptist 4-1 in the State quarterfinals. St. George’s will play the winner of Bear Creek and Mt. Vernon Christian in the semifinals.
• Ivan Figueroa scored a goal 12 minutes into the match and the visiting Waitsburg-Prescott Tigers held on for a 1-0 victory over the Northwest Christian Crusaders in a State 1B/2B quarterfinal playoff match.
The Tigers advance to play Grace Academy on Friday.