Friday Harbor, Orcas Island boys soccer teams earn state berths; meet in Tri-District semifinal Thursday

Friday Harbor and Orcas Island clinched 2018 Class 1B/2B boys state tourney berths after opening-round victories in the Tri-District Tournament Monday, Oct. 29. The Wolverines and Vikings next face off in a semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Anacortes High School.

Puget Sound Adventist fell 3-1 to FridayHarbor in Kirkland and Orcas Island blanked Tacoma Baptist 6-0 in Anacortes. The Friday Harbor-Orcas Island semifinal winner will meet Mount Vernon Christian or Evergreen Lutheran — the other semifinalists — in the Tri-District Championship at Interlake High School, Saturday, Nov. 3. The top six Tri-District teams advance to state.

The Wolverines (13-3) and Vikings (15-0) last played in the state tourney in 2015. “We’re really excited about getting back to state,” said Friday Harbor coach Andy Duke. “It’s been a couple of years.”

Puget Sound Adventist, who finished second in the Sea-Tac 1B League with an 11-1 record, went up 1-0 after the first 40 minutes on their home field in Kirkland. “We really played well — better than the scoring showed,” Duke said. “We were down one-nil at halftime but dominated the game in so many other ways. We just couldn’t quite do anything in the final third (of the pitch).”

The Wolverines changed their offensive attack in the second period. “Luke Erickson kind turned it,” Duke said of the junior. “We put him up front and he created some stuff. Satchel Pieples started attacking on the flank and it broke down quickly after that. We popped in a couple of quickly and added a third late.

Erickson booted two goals including one on a “spectacular double-header” after a corner kick, Duke said. “Joseph Kaden was way far post and headed the ball back to the near post and Luke headed the ball into the net… Joseph had intended to head the ball across the face of the goal. It was beautifully done.”

Senior Julian Brown scored the final goal on Nick Herko’s “just beautiful pass,” Duke said. Brown, running the flank, took the ball to the goal and scored on first touch.

The Wolverine coach commended Ismael Churape, who played an entire game for first time in quite some time. “He played on fire the whole game. It was really nice to see.”

Friday Harbor will be looking to prevent Orcas from recording a three-peat. The Vikings, the Northwest 1B/2B League champions, beat the Wolverines 3-2 and 2-0 during the regular season.

“We played them tough both times and we’ll just keep working on it,” Duke said. “We’re coming into form and getting better every game. We’ll see what they’re doing. They’re obviously playing well still…It’s hard to beat a team three times in a row. We’ll see if they can.”

For more information see the Tri-District bracket page: http://www.nw1a2bathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2698&sport=9

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