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Track district schedule rundown

Here’s a quick look at the district track meet schedule for this weekend, with local teams taking part in meets around the region starting today:

Tacoma Baptist begins their quest at the 2B Bi-District meet this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the SW Athletic Complex at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle (8402 30th Ave SW). The Crusaders’ girls took first at the SeaTac 2B meet last week while the boys took second. The Bi-District meet continues on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Charles Wright will head to North Seattle for the 1A Tri-District prelims tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Kings High School’s Woolsey Stadium (19000 Fremont Ave, Shoreline WA). The meet will continue on Saturday at noon.

Wilson, Lincoln, Foss and Mount Tahoma will trek around the South Sound to Shelton High School for the 3A Bi-Districts starting on Friday at 3:40 p.m. and continuing on Saturday at noon.

Bellarmine Prep, Stadium and Curtis will head north to Kent Meridian High School for the 4A Bi-Districts at French Field (256th Street, Kent, WA). The meet starts at 3:30 on Friday and continues on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Quick state soccer tournament primer

The 4A and 3A state soccer tournaments begin today and tomorrow. Here’s a quick look at the schedule and outlook for our two local squads.

Stadium (13-2-1) at Richland (12-3), Tonight, 6 p.m., Richland High School: The Tigers’ reward for a 3-0 blanking of Emerald Ridge on Saturday is a trip to the Tri-Cities to take on Columbia Basin 4A league winner Richland. Not an easy trip, but the Tigers have the weapons to make a run at it. Should they win, Stadium would “host” a second-round state game at a site to be determined on Friday or Saturday.

Shorewood (14-2-2) at Wilson (8-7-2), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Mount Tahoma Stadium: The Rams got a big win over Auburn Mountainview on Saturday to exorcise their recent district playoff demons. Speedy forward Munassar Saleh was electric against the Lions, and he will have to create some plays along with forward Oswald Ramos for Wilson to get past the Thunderbirds.

In their first playoff game in nine years, Mount Tahoma battled Enumclaw to a 1-1 draw for 90 minutes before falling 4-3 in penalty kicks to see their successful season come to an end on Saturday at Highline Memorial Stadium.

As has been the case all season, Kenyan forwards Brian Wambaa and Ian Karanja created scoring chances early and often for the T-Birds with their blazing speed and keen sense of connection up front.

“Me and Ian just play soccer a lot,” Wambaa said. “It just comes out on the field. Other people tell us that. We don’t even think about it, we forget about it sometimes.”

Wambaa almost had an open look in the 12th minute, chipping a shot past the keeper 15 yards from goal before defender Caleb Gwerder cleared it. The Hornets then got on the board a minute later, as Mount Tahoma keeper Jose Reyes deflected Chris Kraemer’s shot to the foot of Chase Olson, who sent it into an open net on the right side for a 1-0 lead.

But the Thunderbirds controlled much of the possession the rest of the half, getting several scoring looks but failing to equalize.

They finally tied it up in the 53rd minute with a bit of skill and luck, as Karanja flicked a ball over keeper Matt Leavens in front of goal before Darwin Wood drove it into his own net.

Karanja had two good looks in the extra-time periods but couldn’t find the net, sending the game to penalty kicks.

Kraemer – who switched into goal for Enumclaw at the start of the penalty-kick portion – dove to save Alexsander Gurmeza’s shot on the Thunderbirds’ second attempt, proving to be the difference for the Hornets. Karanja, Anthony Garibaldi and freshman Roberto Brito all converted penalty kicks for Mount Tahoma.

Mount Tahoma finished in second place in their inaugural season in the Narrows 3A this season, one year after finishing with just one league win in the Narrows 4A.

Munassar Saleh’s goal in extra time gave Wilson a 2-1 win over Auburn Mountainview on Saturday at Auburn Memorial Stadium, punching their ticket to the 3A state tournament.

With the game tied 1-1, Saleh struck less than two minutes into the first golden-goal overtime period for his second goal of the match. The sophomore wing perfectly executed a give-and-go with junior forward Oswald Ramos, taking a pass, outracing the Lions’ defense on the right side and driving a low shot in between the legs of keeper Alex Fausko for the game winner.

“I gave it to (Ramos) and saw the space,” Saleh said. “Oswald is a great player. He saw me and gave it back right away.”

Auburn Mountainview had taken a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Emmanuel Saah crossed up a couple of Wilson defenders and slammed a ball into the net from 20 yards out. Saleh helped the Rams begin to create chances on the outside, as his shot in the 25th minute was tipped just over the net by Fausko. But no one was going to stop Saleh’s strike in the 32nd minute, as he took a pass from 35 yards out, switched feet and drove a shot past a diving Fausko and into the right netting to equalize.

With the win the Rams are scheduled to take on Shorewood on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Mount Tahoma Stadium in the first round of the 3A state tournament.

Just a quick reminder that the district soccer playoffs take place today, with three local squads in action. Here is a quick look at the schedule:

Mount Tahoma vs. Enumclaw, 11 a.m., Highline Memorial Stadium: The Thunderbirds are making their first district playoff appearance in at least nine years (from the records that I could find), and will look to use a late surge to make a run to state.

Stadium vs. Emerald Ridge, 12 p.m., Mount Tahoma Stadium: The Tigers will certainly look for revenge after the Jaguars knocked them out of district last year with a 2-0 win. Stadium will rely on its talented trio of Jacob Beardemphl, Max Harvey and Andrew Foreman.

Wilson vs. Auburn Mountainview, 6 p.m., Auburn Memorial Stadium: The Rams battled to a 3-3 draw against Shelton on Tuesday to earn the Narrows 3A top seed, and will look to get past districts after suffering tough late losses the past two years.

Look for blog recaps of the Mount Tahoma and Wilson matchups here later tonight!

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