PRESCOTT — Last season in the Washington state 1B/2B soccer quarterfinals, Waitsburg-Prescott met up with Northwest Christian (Colbert), with the team from just north of Spokane sending W-P home with a 5-1 loss.
A year later, W-P again heads to Whitworth University to face the defending state champion Crusaders at 2 p.m. Saturday in the same state quarterfinals.
But W-P assistant coach Jay Potts said his players don’t exactly have revenge on their minds.
“This is the team that knocked us out last year, and the team that went on to win the whole thing, so it’s pretty much déjà vu,” Potts said. “But I think we felt we underachieved last year, and we’re hoping to not underachieve this year.”
There are a couple of encouraging signs for W-P headed into the match, including a 5-1 victory over NW Christian earlier this season.
The team is also playing well, coming off a 3-1 loss to last year’s state runner-up St. George’s last Friday to then shut out Valley Christian 4-0 on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals.
“We’re expecting them to be an improved team and to play us tough,” Potts said of the Crusaders. “We’re not expecting them to roll over, by any means. They’re going to be a challenge.
“We’re playing very well right now,” he said. “We played well against St. George’s, even if we lost, and that carried over against Valley Christian. Our defense has improved almost to the point we want it, and we’re pretty happy with how we’re playing. Offensively, our movement has gotten a lot better up front.”
A victory Saturday would put W-P (14-5 on the season) into the Final Four Nov. 22-23 at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner.