South Whidbey qualifies for bi-district / Soccer

A third win over Cedar Park Christian this season lifted the South Whidbey High School soccer team to third place in the district tournament and a berth in the bi-district playoffs.

The Falcons beat the Eagles 2-0 Saturday, Nov. 2, at King’s and earned a “home” game in the first round of the bi-district tournament.

South Whidbey (15-2-1) plays the winner of Meridian (4-13-2) and Bear Creek (11-3-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium in a loser-out match.

The winner plays Overlake (8-4-2) in a winner to state game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Granite Falls. The loser plays at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Granite Falls in a winner-to-state, loser-out match.

South Whidbey defeated Cedar Park Christian 6-0 and 3-0 during the regular season, and then added a third shutout Saturday.

The Falcons dominated possession and allowed the Eagles only three shots on goal.

South Whidbey’s defense was stellar, according to coach Terry Swanson.

“This was another game where our defensive backs Mallory Drye, Lila McCleary, Ashton Helseth, Sidney Ollis and Leniece Gonzales dominated the game,” he said.

Both South Whidbey goals were set up by Elizabeth Haines.

Midway through the first half, Mikenna Wicher scored on a through ball by Haines, then Alison Papritz tallied the second goal, receiving a pass from Haines, who won a ball on the end line.