RICHLAND -- By a freak of bracket science, two of the state's top 4A girls soccer teams -- No. 5 Lewis & Clark and No. 10 Richland -- will face off at 3 p.m. today in a loser-out 4A Eastern Regional match at Bomber Field.
Either team could find itself at the Final Four in Lakewood in two weeks, but someone's season will end this weekend.
After cruising unbeaten through the Greater Spokane League, the Tigers (16-1-1) lost to Gonzaga Prep in the GSL district playoffs, leaving them in a fight for playoff survival through regionals. But that might make LC even sharper moving forward.
The Tigers are led by Julia Moravec (17 goals), Sarah Barrentine (7 g) and goalkeeper Sarah Wood (5 shutouts).
The Bombers (12-1) are coming off their second consecutive CBBN league and district championships and are led by forward Bria Caldwell (16 g, 10 assists), midfielder Sam Lee (16 g, 12 a) and a strong back third.
In other 4A regional action, Chiawana (10-6) travels to Spokane to play Gonzaga Prep (12-6) at 2:30 p.m. The Riverhawks are led by senior forward Erin Huisingh (19 g, 6 a).
In the 3A regionals, two Tri-City teams that shared the CBBN 3A league title will play for state berths.
Southridge (14-3) will play host to Mt. Spokane (9-6) at 1 p.m. The Suns feature CBBN scoring leader Heather Johnson (25 g). Both teams, having already clinched slots in the 3A state tournament, will play for seeding.
West Valley (12-5) will visit Hanford (14-4) at 1 p.m. to decide the region's No. 3 berth to state.
* Jack Millikin; 509-582-1406; firstname.lastname@example.org