RICHLAND, Wash. - Just two years ago, Richland's soccer team made it to the state final, only to lose. This year, they have earned another shot.
The Bombers head to Lakewood for the State Tournament. They play Eastlake in the semifinals on Friday. Coach Chris Smith's team has high expectations and a lot of tradition to uphold. Since 1996, the Bombers have now made six trips to the state tournament. That stretch includes championships in 1998 and in 2003.
A big group of seniors this year could add to that tradition.
"Ever since the first practice we wanted to win state," said senior Galia Deitz. "There's ten seniors. We know what we had to do and we really want to win. We didn't know how good we were, we just knew if we worked hard we could do it."
"Having ten seniors, you have a lot of maturity, plus almost all of them were on the team that finished second in 2005," said Smith. "So we have a lot of experience in the state tournament, and experience in the final four and that helps a lot."
"It's really exciting, it's great," said Deitz. "All season we've been working for it. We made it this far, we're almost there."
West Valley plays in the 3A semifinals Friday. The championship games are Saturday.