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Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 11:10 p.m.

Prep girls soccer: Cedarcrest 3, Lakewood 0

MARYSVILLE -- Rachel Wilhelm returned from a collarbone injury and immediately had a big impact, helping Cedarcrest beat Lakewood 3-0 in a one-game playoff for the final Cascade Conference playoff berth. The Red Wolves were coming off of a loss just two days prior to the same Cougar team.
"It was definitely an interesting position to be in having played them on Tuesday," said Cedarcrest head coach Amanda Johnson.
The difference? A strong desire to come back after the loss, and Wilhelm.
"Losing always leaves a bad taste in your mouth," but after a good talk on the bus and a good practice Wednesday Johnson said the team was excited and ready to play Lakewood again.
This time they would do it closer to full strength. "(Wilhelm) was able to play tonight and it made a huge difference in midfield. She has had a broken toe most of the season. She is one of the few players I know who can step on the field and have such an amazing presence even when she is injured. That was kind of our game changer tonight."
Breille Rhode scored first for Cedarcrest in the 26th minute, hitting a corner kick that was deflected into the goal. Wilhelm scored just two minutes later off of a corner kick from Morgan Kather. Karli White had an unassisted insurance goal in the 65th minute when she "kind of took on a player and sliced and diced her way through there," according to Johnson.
With the win, Cedarcrest moves on to play undefeated Sehome 3 p.m Saturday at Civic Stadium.
It's going to be a tough game for sure," said Johnson. "We've kind of taken the hard road just to get to this point. All the girls are pretty excited just to be able to play another couple of games and hopefully make it to state.
At Lakewood H.S.
Goals--Brielle Rhode (C), Rachel Wilhelm (C), Karli White (C). Assists--Morgan Kather (C). Goalkeepers--Cedarcrest: Bailey Parish. Lakewood: Jennaka Larson. Records--Cedarcrest 8-7-0 league, 8-9-0 overall. Lakewood 7-8-0, 7-9-1.

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