Thunderbirds sew up berth to district soccer playoffs

  • Charlie Laughtland<br>Enterprise writer
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 9:36am

SHORELINE — Fitting for the evening’s prevailing theme, a senior supplied the big boot in Tuesday night’s crosstown girls soccer clash between Shorewood and Shorecrest.

Midfielder Colleen DelRe highlighted Shorewood’s Senior Night festivities by netting the lone goal in a 1-0 Western Conference 4A South Division victory over the Scots at Shoreline Stadium.

Senior goalkeepers Brittany Williams and Tiffany Dillow combined for Shorewood’s sixth shutout of the season.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the Thunderbirds and assured them the division’s third and final berth to the Northwest District 4A playoffs.

“This is a big win for them — Senior Night against Shorecrest,” Shorewood coach Joe Hampson said. “That’s huge.”

One of seven Shorewood seniors, DelRe blasted a shot from just outside the 18-yard line in the 23rd minute that grazed the crossbar and skidded into the back of the net.

“Her work ethic on this team has been the key to us getting to this point,” Hampson said. “She’s worked so hard and the girls are catching on. She’s been a great example.”

As the South Division’s No. 3 seed, the T-birds will host Monroe, the North Division’s fourth-place finisher, in a pigtail game at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Shoreline Stadium.

The winner advances to face Wesco North runner-up Cascade at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Shorewood (5-2-1 league, 8-5-1 overall) was scheduled to finish the regular season last night against Everett.

“It’s just coming together at the right time,” Hampson said. “The girls are not only believing, they’re following through and taking advantage of opportunities they create. That’s the key.”

The Scots (6-3-0, 10-5-0) are headed to the Northwest District 3A tournament, though as of Tuesday’s results their seeding was yet to be determined.

Northwest 3A League champion Bellingham has locked up the top seed, but Shorecrest was among a group of teams jockeying for the next five slots.

Coming into Tuesday’s game, the Scots had won three straight, including a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Edmonds-Woodway.

“I’m proud of the girls. They’re playing well right now,” Shorecrest coach Gary Harris said. “Things look good for the playoffs.”

If the Scots are seeded fourth or higher, they will host a first-round playoff game at 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Remaining games are scheduled for Nov. 5 and 8 at Civic Field in Bellingham.

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