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Interlake girls to semi-finals | Prep soccer
For much of the season, the Interlake attack has been the center of attention.
But since the playoffs began, it's been all about defense.
The Saints picked up a third straight shutout win to begin the playoffs on Saturday at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner, 2-0 over Fife to move into the 2A state semi-final round.
Goalkeeper Catie Getzendaner, along with defenders Desiree Domini, Courtney Fedor, Tara Ghassemikia and Sarah Williams set the tone throughout for coach Kirk Tavener's squad.
"They are just playing like a tight knit group right now," Tavener said of his defense. "It's just a part of the bigger Interlake family."
Conference scoring leader Emma Bergstrom broke a scoreless tie only eight minutes into the game on an assist from Cate Mueller and added an insurance tally on a penalty kick in the 32nd minute.
"I am excited that we have made it this far," Tavener said. "I believe it is partly because of the bond these young ladies have developed."
Interlake moves on to face Archbishop Murphy at 6 pm on Friday, Nov. 18 at Shoreline Stadium.
The Wildcats, which finished in third place in the Northwest Conference, fell to Sehome 1-0 before defeating North Kitsap (4-1) and Sumner (1-0) to advance to the semi-finals.