The Selah High girls soccer team accomplished two of its goals this season, winning the CWAC district championship and returning to the Class 2A final four.
But a 1-0 loss to eventual champion Columbia River in the Nov. 22 semifinals meant the Vikings’ third goal of winning a state title would have to wait at least another year.
Selah played Ridgefield in the third-place match on Nov. 23, falling 3-1 to claim fourth place. That matched the program’s best-ever finish, accomplished in 2016.
Senior co-captain Isabelle Moultray scored the Vikings’ lone goal of the tournament, held at Shoreline Stadium, north of Seattle.
The Viks started their state playoff run with a 10-0 win over Orting, followed by a 3-2 shootout victory over North Kitsap in the quarterfinals. They finished the season 19-3 overall.
Joining Moultray at graduation in the spring will be fellow captains Ashlynn Hall, Baily Thompson and Roni Rasmussen, along with Sierra Richardson, Meighan Reiber and Madysen Muir.
Moultray was named the CWAC Offensive Player of the Year for a third time and Todd Martin was named Coach of the Year.
Rasmussen, Thompson, Richardson, Hall and junior Chloe Andrews joined Moultray on the all-conference first team. Reiber earned second-team honors, along with sophomores Maya Hall and Alexia Rodriguez-Burdeaux.
Isabelle Moultray was the CWAC offensive player of the year and will be suiting up for Gonzaga University next year, while Thompson has committed to Central Washington University.
Selah sets pace for CWAC girls soccer once again
Selah reprised its role as the top girls soccer team in the CWAC this fall, running through conference play without a loss. The Vikings’ only defeat all year came to 2018 Class 1A state champion La Salle in the second game of the season.
The Vikings were so dominant, in fact, that they surrendered only one goal through nine league games, finishing 9-0 (17-1 in the regular season). Selah gave up one more tally in the district semifinals against Othello — a 4-1 victory — but the district title game on Nov. 5 ended up with yet another clean sheet, a 1-0 win over Ellensburg (the only other league opponent to score on them).
The Vikings opened Class 2A state tournament play at home on Nov. 12, defeating Orting 10-0, and then beat North Kitsap 3-2 in a shootout to earn the program’s second-ever trip to the final four — a feat accomplished only once before back in 2016. Selah lost its semifinal 1-0 to eventual champion Columbia River, and then fell to Ridgefield in the third-place match, finishing the season at 19-3 overall.
The Yakima Valley’s three other CWAC representatives had mixed results this season. East Valley reached the district tournament as the No. 6 seed but fell to No. 3 Ephrata in the first round. The Red Devils finished at 4-5 in league and 7-10 overall.
Wapato and Toppenish each claimed one league win and finished at the bottom of the league standings. Wapato was 3-12 overall, with two of their wins (one league, one nonleague) coming over rival Toppenish. The Wildcats got their lone league victory over Grandview — a 3-2 overtime thriller back on Oct. 3.