The Nevada 4A state soccer playoffs will have a family feel.
One, because the Reno girls all like to say how much of a family the team has.
And also because the Galena boys coach is the father of a Reno girls player and the uncle to another.
The Galena boys will face Spring Valley at 4 p.m Friday and the Reno girls play Palo Verde at 6 p.m Friday. All the soccer games are being held at Bettye Wilson Park in Las Vegas.
Galena coach Marco Merlo’s daughter Gabriela, 15, is a starting freshman on the Reno girls team. His nice, Chloe Keenan-Merlo is a junior goalkeeper on the Reno team.
And Reno coach Garrett Miss coaches with Marco on the Sagebrush Soccer Club.
In the other boys semifinal, Durango will play Coronado. The two semifinal winners will play at 10 a.m. Saturday for the state championship.
In the other girls semifinal, defending champion Arbor View, vying for its fifth consecutive state championship will face Coronado. The girls championship is set for noon Saturday.
Arbor View had won four consecutive Region titles before losing to Palo Verde in the Sunset Region final Saturday. Arbor View beat Foothill, 8-1, in a play-in game Tuesday to earn a berth in state.
4A state soccer
at Las Vegas
Girls: 6 p.m. Friday, Reno vs. Palo Verde; Arbor View vs. Coronado.
Boys: 4 p.m Friday, Galena vs. Spring Valley; Durango vs. Coronado.