The Kamiakin girls soccer team is in a familiar position, about to face Mt. Spokane in the Class 3A state quarterfinals with a chance to advance to its first Final Four berth since 2009.
The big difference between last year and this year is that the Braves won’t be facing the Wildcats in Spokane. This time, it’s in the friendly confines of Lampson Stadium.
At 1 p.m. today, Kamiakin will try to defeat Mt. Spokane for the second time in a week after edging the Wildcats 3-2 in double overtime last Saturday in Kennewick.
The winner will earn a spot in the semifinals beginning Friday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
“We’re just hoping for good weather. No freezing cold and no wind,” Braves coach Chris Erikson said. “That’s what I want.”
Mt. Spokane features a strong attack led by returning all-Greater Spokane League forward Katie Nilsson and a solid defense anchored by defenders Ashlee Pederson and Dallas Flager.
Kamiakin is led by Mid-Columbia Conference player of the year Ellie Heiden, who scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against the Wildcats. She has some help in the attacking third, however, from freshman Rilee Castilla, who had two goals in a 3-0 first-round win over Peninsula.
The Braves also feature a strong defense that includes four returning starters.