CENTRAL VALLEY 3, RICHLAND 2 (SO): McKenna Martinez had a goal and an assist in regulation, and converted a PK in the shootout, but the visiting Bombers fell just short of handing the Bears their first loss of the season on Saturday in the semifinal of the MCC/GSL 4A playoffs.
With the loss, Richland (13-5) will play a loser-out game on the road against MCC foe Chiawana at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of that game must beat the winner of the Lewis and Clark-Mead game, on Saturday to earn a state berth.
Central Valley (14-0) will face University (9-6) in the regional championship on Saturday, with both teams already guaranteed state berths.
Brielle Fillmore also had a goal for Richland and scored in the shootout.
Central Valley won the shootout 3-2, and got its scoring from Megan Robertson in the 5th minute, and an own goal by Richland in the 78th, which served as the equalizer.
CHIAWANA 2, HANFORD 1: Summer Yates had a goal and assisted Ruthie Edrington’s score to help the host Riverhawks stay alive in the MCC/GSL 4A playoffs.
Fany Cosio scored Hanford’s goal with Danny Mendoza on the assist, and Gabby Turner made nine saves to keep the Falcons in it. Alisha Ramos made five saves for Chiawana (12-5).
The Riverhawks host Richland at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a loser-out game. Hanford finishes the season with a 9-9 record.
SOUTHRIDGE 2, MT. SPOKANE 1: Kaitlyn Hunting scored on a PK and Payton Santos added insurance that turned out to be the game winner as the Suns took down the host wildcats on Saturday to advance to the championship game of the MCC-GSL bi-district playoffs.
Southridge (6-11) plays Kamiakin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lampson Stadium in the all-MCC final, with the winner heading to state. The loser will play the loser’s bracket champ Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest.
Santos’ younger sister, Reagan, assisted on the second-half strike. Southridge keeper Melissa Walace kept Mt. Spokane off the board until the 79th minute, when Emily Williams found the back of the net on a free kick.
Mt. Spokane (6-8-1) will host Kennewick at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a loser-out game.