PORT ANGELES — Times, dates and venues have been set for the Port Angeles and Sequim soccer teams for their opening games in the State 2A Tournament.
The Port Angeles Roughriders, a No. 5 seed out of the West Central District III 2A Tournament, will travel to Civic Stadium in Bellingham to play Sehome at 6 p.m. today.
The Sequim Wolves, Olympic League 2A Division champion and a No. 2 seed out of the WCD 2A Tournament, gets to host a match. Sequim will play Woodland at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sigmar Field at Peninsula College.
Port Angeles (9-3, second in the Olympic League 2A, 13-4-1) plays a Sehome (11-1-1, 15-1-3) and won the District 1/2 2A Tournament. At one point this season, the Mariners went seven straight games without giving up a goal.
Sequim (12-0, 15-1-2) will play a second-place team in Woodland (8-3 Greater St. Helens 2A League, 12-4-2). Woodland also finished second in the Southwest District 4 Tournament.
The Wolves were undefeated this season until they lost in the WCD III 2A championship match. That one loss was 1-0 in penalty kicks.
Interestingly, if Sequim and Port Angeles both win, they will play each other a third time in the second round of the state 2A tournament, possibly at Peninsula College. That game would be either Friday or Saturday. Sequim won both earlier meetings between the two strong clubs 5-4 and 1-0.
The Forks soccer team, champions of the Evergreen 1A League, also begins play in the State 1A Tournament at home Tuesday.
Forks (10-2, 13-5), which finished second in the Southwest District 4 1A Tournament, will play Klahowya (5-0, 14-4-4), champion of the Olympic League 1A Division, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Forks High School. Forks and Klahowya have a common opponent — Port Townsend. The Redhawks beat the Spartans 4-0 in a nonleague game this year, while losing three times to Klahowya, all by one goal.
If Forks wins, the Spartans might face Evergreen 1A rival Hoquiam in the second round of the 1A state tournament.
In other playoff action this week, the Port Angeles and Sequim softball girls ended up tied in second place at the Olympic League 2A Division, and split two games against each other. So, they will play a tiebreaking extra game for the No. 2 seed at the Lower Elwha Field outside of Port Angeles at 4:15 p.m. today.
Sequim and Port Angeles will both begin WCD III 2A Tournament play on Friday, with one as a No. 2 seed and the other as a No. 3 seed.
The Forks softball girls will begin play in the Southwest District 4 1A Tournament Wednesday in Centralia. Forks (2-6, 8-8) will play Castle Rock (9-0, 14-5), champions of the Trico 1A League, at noon. Win or lose, the Spartans will play a second game at 4 p.m. Wednesday against either King’s Way Christian (4-5, 5-8) or Elma (7-1, 18-1).
The Quilcene softball girls, winners of the Sea-Tac 1B League, will begin district play Thursday hosting a game at home. The Rangers will play at 4:15 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Pope John Paul II and Wishkah Valley. As Sea-Tac champions, the Rangers have already qualified for the state 1B Tournament and are now playing for seeding.
In other postseason action, the West Central District III 1/2A golf championships also take place at 9:30 a.m. today at the Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton. Neah Bay, Clallam Bay and Crescent will compete at the 1B Tri-District Track and Field meet on Wednesday with top finishers moving on to the 1B state meet in Cheney. Forks will compete at the Southwest District 4 1A Meet at Woodland High School on Thursday.
The Port Angeles baseball team and the Quilcene baseball team are also in the 2A and 1B state tournaments. Their tournaments begin on Saturday.