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Prep highlights: Seton Catholic boys soccer advances to state quarterfinals

By Columbian staff
Published: May 19, 2023, 10:09pm

Sam Soto scored two goals and assisted on another as the Seton Catholic boys soccer team beat Royal 3-1 in the second round of the 1A state tournament on Friday at Montesano.

Soto scored with an assist from Brady Angelo for a 1-0 first-half lead.

Soto added an unassisted goal in the second half, and Zeek Valencia-Mendez scored off Soto’s assist to finish off 10th-seeded Royal.

Seton (16-2-2), the seventh seed, will play its quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Montesano High School against Montesano.

In other 1A Round 2 matches involving local teams on Friday:

  • No. 5 seed Cascade of Leavenworth knocked out No. 12 King’s Way Christian 4-0. The Knights finished their season 14-5.
  • No. 6 Wahluke held back No. 11 Columbia of White Salmon 4-3. The Bruins finished 13-4-2.

3A girls tennis

Lexi Frost and Brynn DeSantis of Mountain View made sure next week’s 3A state tournament at Vancouver Tennis Center would have a few local players.

The Thunder top doubles team reserved their spot at state by reaching the semifinals of the 3A bi-district tournament Friday at Kent.

Frost and DeSantis beat Vanessa Nguyen and Suong Pham of Mount Tahoma 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Mountain View’s Susan Hong won her first singles match, but lost in the quarterfinals to Paula Yela Rosero of Stadium 6-2, 6-0. Hong can still qualify for state as she remained alive in the consolation bracket by coming back from a first-set loss against Henlee Sherman of Yelm to win in a super-tiebreaker 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (10-0).

Hong will next face Prairie’s Elsa Bice, who stayed alive in the consolation bracket after a tough first-round loss to Meah Katz of Central Kitsap 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9). Bice then beat Gabriella Rebutiaco of Auburn 6-2, 6-0 to stay alive.

The tournament concludes Saturday with the top seven placers advancing to state.

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