The South Whidbey Reign are all smiles after winning in the state U14 semifinals last week. (Submitted photo)

The South Whidbey Reign are all smiles after winning in the state U14 semifinals last week. (Submitted photo)

Reign reach state semifinals / U14 soccer

Hoping the third time is the charm, the South Whidbey Reign will seek the state U14 select soccer championship this weekend.

The Reign face Highline Soccer Association Select G05 – Foulk in the semifinals at noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

The finals are 11 a.m. Sunday.

This is the third consecutive year the Reign have reached the final four. In 2017 they lost the title match by one goal; they lost in the semifinals last year.

This season the Reign placed second in their pool in the 20-team group stage, earning a spot in the quarterfinals where they beat Kent United in a shootout.

The Reign had to come from behind twice — on goals by Simone White — to tie the Kent match and send it to overtime.

Neither team scored in two 10-minute overtime periods, setting up the penalty kick shootout.

Savannah Simmons, Nikki Murnane and Ella Pozarycki all scored in the shootout while Kent missed its first three shots thanks to two saves from White.

In addition to co-captain White, Simmons, Murnane and Pozarycki, the Reign, coached by Karl Peterson, include co-captain Leniece Gonzales, Abi Amundson, Ruby Bond, Kenzie Culver, Liz Haines, Jane Haines, Baylie Kuschnereit, Carlie Kuschnereit, Mackenna Lane, Maya Starkweather, Sophia Patrin, Carly VanGiesen and Ella Waldron.

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