High School Soccer

Road tests ahead for Southridge, Prosser soccer

Let's face it, November is not an ideal time to be playing soccer.

There's scarcely enough time after classes to hold a productive practice before darkness sets in.

And the weather? You might as well be playing in a refrigerator.

Southridge (15-4) at Decatur (12-5-1), Federal Way Stadium, 6 p.m.

The Suns had never won a state playoff game before Tuesday's 2-0 home win over Hanford, so this is new territory for them.

But Southridge coach Riley Dodson is eager to see how his team can rise to its newest challenge on the west side. The Suns have been practicing at Lampson Stadium this week to acclimate them to the field-turf surface in Federal Way.

"We've had a really good week of practice," Dodson said. "We should be OK (on turf) because the girls play all summer on turf with their club teams."

CBBN 3A co-Player of the Year Heather Johnson (25 g, 14 a) and Paige Sorenson (13 g, 13 a) are Southridge's top two playmakers, but they need a big game from their defense anchored by All-CBBN 3A goalkeeper Ingrid Stein (12 shutouts).

But the Gators have their own stable of talent led by forward Abby McFaul (12 g, 3 a) and Hannah Herbert (8 g, 4 a).

"We want to start off quick, get a lead to have some room to play with," Dodson said. "We don't want to get too complacent with a 0-0 scoreline. If we're not getting payoffs, we're going to switch some things up."

Prosser (14-5) at East Valley (Spokane) (14-6), 1 p.m.

Mustangs junior Helen Petersen, the CWAC's top scorer for the third straight season, led Prosser to its first state win Wednesday with a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Othello.

She'll need help from her teammates if the Mustangs are to get by the Knights.