KENNEWICK, Wash - This morning the Kamiakin girls soccer team loaded up and hit the road, destination: Tacoma. The Braves face off against Issaquah tomorrow morning in the semi-finals of the Washington State Soccer Tournament, and the girls couldn't be happier just to make the appearance! The Braves were all smiles at practice yesterday, excited simply to have made it this far. They said, "The worst we can place is fourth in the state, which isn't bad at all! We're just happy to be going to state; that's an accomplishment in itself."
The Kamiakin team has never won state, and lost in the state finals in 1994 and 1999. This year's team is forced to try and win it all without their second leading scorer and their assist leader Kendyl Pele. Pele tore her anterior cruciate ligament, or A.C.L., in a playoff game against Hanford a couple weeks ago. The Braves will rely on leading goal scorer Whitney Brannan and their bench's depth to make up for Pele's absence.
The Braves face Issaquah tomorrow night at 7 o'clock in Tacoma.