Hazen, Kennedy tie 1-1; playoffs begin Tuesday for Highlanders

Hazen will open the postseason against Emerald Ridge, who finished with an overall record of 6-7-3 in the SPSL 4A league.

In their final regular season game of the year, the Hazen Highlander soccer team squared off against longtime rival Kennedy Catholic and came away with a 1-1 draw, as both teams head into the postseason.

The Lancers scored first, just eight minutes into the game, to go up 1-0, but Hazen battled on and five minutes later Madison Kem took an assist from Isis Hatcher and put the ball in the back of the net to knot the game at one apiece.

Both teams stiffened their defense and the score held through the second half.

“I thought we played well enough to win,” Coach ken Matthews said in an email. “Hopefully the level of this game will get us ready for Tuesday.”

The win gives Hazen a final regular season record of 7-7-2, with a 6-6-2 record in their league.

Next up for the Highlanders is an opening round playoff game in the 2016 West Central/Southwest 4A District Tournament. Hazen will take on Emerald Ridge, who finished with an overall record of 6-7-3 in the SPSL 4A league.

“Hard to know much about them,” Matthews said. “They play in a nine-team league so they have no non-league matches to look at.”

Hazen plays Emerald Ridge in a loser-out game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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