SHORELINE – In recent memory, the Columbia River women’s soccer team has been the most often defeated team in the Class 2A playoffs.
Three state titles over the past nine years, the most recent of which was in 2019, have given the Rapids that kind of pedigree.
On Friday, however, undefeated Archbishop Murphy of Everett, who won the 2018 Class 2A title, beat the defending champions 2-1 with a furious comeback late in the second half at Shoreline Stadium.
Hockinson will meet Archbishop Murphy at the championship at 5 p.m. Saturday, while River and Ridgefield will play at 1 p.m. for third place.
“We played really well, we stayed true to the game plan and we fought against a very tough Archbishop Murphy side,” said River head coach Filly Afenegus. “They blocked a few times on us there at the very end, they had a great finish and that was the ball game.”
River’s Ava Lapinskas scored a free kick in the back of the net in the 49th minute to give the Rapids a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats, however, responded with an equalizer from Jordyn Latta in the 69th minute, then were rewarded with a long run from Jojo Chiangpradit, who unleashed a shot over River that the Rapids couldn’t keep. out of the path of the goal.