Boys soccer: Five things to watch
1 Shorewood was the third-best team in the WesCo 3A South Division, but perhaps the Thunderbirds (14-3-4) could emerge as the best team in the Class 3A state tournament come Saturday afternoon in the final.
Two of the state’s toughest tests reside within the confines of the WesCo 3A South — Glacier Peak and Shorecrest. And the T-birds more than held their own in those tussles, even though they took third in the division at 8-2-3 in the regular season.
2 The hottest team among Final Four teams in all likelihood is King’s of Class 1A. The Knights (17-4-1) have gone 13-0-1 in their last 14 contests.
3 It’s no coincidence that four of the area’s most explosive offensive players will be playing for a shot at a state title this weekend. Uriel Herrera (18 goals, 11 assists) leads Snohomish in 4A. In 3A, it’s Mercer Island junior forward Ryan Hill (20 goals, two assists) and Lakeside senior midfielder Gaby Joseph (16 goals, nine assists). In 1A, King’s senior midfielder-forward Taylor Moe (22 goals, two assists) leads the Knights.
4 Of the 16 teams in the Final Four in Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A, eight have yet to capture a state title: Quincy (1A), Toppenish (2A), Capital (2A), Sedro-Woolley (2A), Mercer Island (3A), Sunnyside (3A), Lakeside (3A) and Kentwood (4A).
5 With a win in Friday’s 2 p.m. Class 1A semifinal against Quincy, the Chelan Goats (15-4-1) will have reached the 1A championship for the third season in a row. Chelan beat Seattle Christian 3-1 in last year’s 1A final. The last time that happened in 1A was when Bellevue Christian made seven consecutive title appearances from 1991-97, winning four state crowns.