The Southridge Suns are heading to the Final Four for the third year in a row.
Lakeside of Seattle took the early lead Saturday, but the host Suns came back for a 2-1 victory in their Class 3A state soccer quarterfinal.
Southridge (19-2) will face Bishop Blanchet at 2 p.m. Friday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Lakeside scored in the 21st minute and led 1-0 at the half. But two minutes into the second half, Kayleen Sambrano scored off a rebound from Haley Thomas’ free kick to tie it up.
In the 62nd minute, off an assist from Sambrano, Savannah Brown knocked in the winner for Southridge.
“Lakeside came out strong in the first half,” Southridge coach Greg Sambrano said. “They are a very well-coached team. We played much better the second half creating some good scoring opportunities and pressing Lakeside deep in their own end. Our first goal early on was huge, and it set the tone for the second half. It was tough playing into the wind today for both teams.”
Scoring: Kayleen Sambrano (S) 1G, 1A; Savannah Brown (S) 1G; Haley Thomas (S) 1A. Shots: L 6, S 13. Saves: L, 5. S, Tiara Valadez 1.
HANFORD 1, KENTRIDGE 0: The Falcons are taking full advantage of their first state playoff appearance since 2010.
Dani Mendoza scored on a free kick from the left wing 20 minutes into the game, and host Hanford held on to eliminate Kentridge and wrap up a berth in the 4A Final Four.
The Falcons (19-3) will face West Valley (Yakima) at 8 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Sparks Stadium.
“Today was not pretty, but they got it done,” Falcons coach Kaylie Winston said. “We got a goal and defended very well. I’m super proud of them. They are just getting started. They want to win a state championship.”
Hanford goalie Kelsee Winston had a big night with 13 saves in the shutout.
“In the first five minutes, she had some big saves and that set the tone,” coach Winston said.
Scoring: H, Dani Mendoza G. Shots: K 25, H 4. Saves: K, Shaylin Yokers 1; H, Kelsee Winston 13.
HANFORD 4, WALLA WALLA 0: In a matchup of Mid-Columbia Conference teams that went to state last year, the Falcons outscored the host Blue Devils by 608 pins Thursday.
Emily Goodnight led reigning 1A/2A/3A state champion Hanford with her 189-206 scratch series. Krystal Roberts rolled a 141-155 for Wa-Hi, which was eighth at last year’s 4A state championships.
Both teams are 4A this year.
In the first baker game, the Falcons romped to a 210-113 win.
Scratch — Game 1: Hanford 901 (Megan Bean 167, Kylee Horner 162, Emily Goodnight 189, Danyelle Moore 185, Sara Harris 198), Walla Walla 635 (Krystal Roberts 141, Abby LaPier 123, Allyson Heimbigner 115, Cecilia Chantel 131, Kayla Davis/Karly Kenny 125). Game 2: Hanford 878 (Bean 160, Horner 149, Goodnight 206, Moore 190, Harris 173), Walla Walla 682 (Roberts 155, LaPier 123, Heimbigner 136, Chantel 120, Davis 148). Baker — Game 1: Hanford 210, Walla Walla 113. Game 2: Hanford 164, Walla Walla 115. Total pins — Hanford 2,153, Walla Walla 1,545.