The Sumner Spartans are two wins away from repeating as Class 2A state soccer champions.
Midfielder Brooke Lancaster scored the game-winning goal in the 60th minute on Saturday as Sumner (16-2-1) toppled the Lake Washington Kangaroos 1-0 in a quarterfinal matchup in Kirkland.
Sumner will face West Valley (Yakima) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday night at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline.
The winner will play for the state title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Shoreline against either Squalicum or Bellingham. The losers of the semifinals will play for third and fourth place at noon on Saturday.
In the first round last Wednesday night, Sumner cruised to a 6-0 victory against the Black Hills Wolves at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The Spartans scored four goals in the first 16 minutes. Lancaster had a hat trick, Julia Payne added two goals, and defender Alyssa Murray scored the final goal of the night in the 78th minute.
Lancaster said her team was well-prepared.
“We expected a tougher game, but we came out and played our game, so it was good,” she said. “It is really hard to win the state championship twice in a row. We’re doing good and are playing hard. We’re trying to get back to the top. We’ll see if we can do it. We are playing well as a team right now.”
Sumner head coach Robi Turley was pleased to see her team come out strong in the early stages of the game.
“We controlled the game from the start and never looked back,” Turley said. “This is our field. This was our game. We had to start strong from the start.
“We kind of have to use our state championship from last year as an advantage, because I know teams, even though they know we’re different, I know that in their minds and mentality-wise, they are still a little bit nervous. We had to use that mental edge to our advantage.