State soccer: District champion Ridgefield opens at home Tuesday

Spudders and five other teams from Clark County make it to state

The Ridgefield Spudders will be home Tuesday night to start the Class 2A state girls soccer playoffs.

Yes, home.

That’s the reward for the district champions.

That’s the reward for taking down powerhouse Columbia River last week.

Ridgefield, Columbia River, and four more teams from Clark County have made it to the state tournament in the various classifications. The first round is Tuesday and Wednesday, with the quarterfinals coming up this weekend.

Here is how each team from Clark County made it to state:

Class 2A

Ridgefield Spudders (15-4)

The Spudders finished second in the Class 2A Greater St. Helens League but then knocked off undefeated Columbia River in the district championship game to earn the No. 1 seed. 

Ridgefield will host Sequim at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first round at state.

Columbia River (17-1)

The Chieftains finished third in the state last year, second in the state in 2018, and won the state title in 2017. Yes, the Chieftains are accustomed to making long playoff runs into the final four. One loss last week will not change their goal.

Columbia River won the 2A GSHL and was 17-0 until the district championship match last week against Ridgefield.

That lone loss, though, sends Columbia River on the road for the state opener. The Chieftains will take on Fife at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Hockinson (13-6-1)

The Hawks tied Ridgefield for second place in the 2A GSHL, then went 3-1 in the district tournament, winning back-to-back elimination matches to give the league three berths to state. 

Hockinson will hit the road for a 6 p.m. Wednesday match against Cedarcrest.  

Class 4A 

Union Titans (11-3-3)

The Union Titans won the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League with a 7-0-1 mark. They used a 10-match unbeaten streak to make it to state, earning the berth with a 4-0 win over Todd Beamer last week. Union did lose on Saturday in a seeding match but still earned a home match in the first round of state.

Union will take on Lake Stevens at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McKenzie Stadium.

Class 3A

Mountain View Thunder (15-4)

The Thunder ruled the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League with a 9-1 mark, including victories in their last eight league matches. 

They were surprised in their first match of the bi-district tournament but got another opportunity. The Thunder cashed in with a 2-0 victory over league-rival Prairie for a berth to state. 

Mountain View hits the road for a 5:30 p.m. match Tuesday at Marysville Getchell. 

Class 1A

La Center (13-5)

The Wildcats played a tough non-league schedule, opening the season with three losses. In league, though, La Center dominated, winning all 10 matches. 

At district, La Center fell to Montesano but responded with a win over Castle Rock in an elimination match to secure the trip to state.

La Center will go on the road to play King’s in Seattle at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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