CBC men's soccer team beats Pierce 5-3 in playoff opener

November 7, 2012 

The Columbia Basin College men’s soccer team had all but wrapped up a 5-3 first-round NWAACC playoff victory over Pierce on Wednesday at Chiawana High School when, in a fit of frustration, a Pierce defender threw Jorge Campos to the ground inside the Raiders’ 18-yard box, drawing a penalty kick in stoppage time.

Richard Renteria, a CBC sophomore forward, asked to take the kick.

Campos, a freshman midfielder who already had scored twice and set up the go-ahead goal four minutes earlier, had other ideas.

“I told him I wanted my hat trick,” Campos said of his 10th goal of the season and first three-goal game at CBC. “I told a lot of the guys in the locker room that I was going to get one today.”

The Hawks (12-5-4) will travel to Lynnwood on Saturday to face North Division champion Edmonds (10-7-3). The winner will earn a spot in the NWAACC semifinals Nov. 17 at Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.

“Edmonds is a good team. They’re well coached, and I know they’ll be prepared,” CBC coach Kyle Vierck said. “I like my team. I have guys who will fight. We make mistakes, but we have the will to keep competing.”

CBC set the tone just two minutes into the game, as Renteria crossed a ball from the right wing in front of the goal, where Jesse Esquivel rushed in to put a header past Raiders goalkeeper Andrew Anderson for a 1-0 lead.

Campos, a former Othello star and two-time CWAC player of the year, scored on a penalty kick in the fourth minute. Ten minutes later, Renteria served a ball up the right wing from midfield, catching Campos in stride.

Campos dribbled into Pierce’s 18-yard box and then stopped on a dime, eluding the defender. He drilled a left-footed shot past Anderson to put the Hawks up by three.

But that wasn’t necessarily a good thing, according to Vierck.

“Instead of playing the ball around like we’ve been working on, it was like, ‘Let’s try to score seven,’ ” Vierck said. “(Pierce) killed us after that. It wasn’t our brand of soccer.”

The Raiders first cut the lead on a goal by Matthew Solis in the 19th minute.

Chris Warner punished the Hawks’ defense for a non-clearance, punching home goal No. 2 in the 60th minute to cut it to 3-2. Pierce tied it at 3 in the 75th minute on a goal by Jay Williams.

“At 3-1, we thought we had the game won, but they came out with more intensity,” CBC midfielder Ivan Barragan said.

Faced with the possibility of overtime or -- even worse -- a shootout, Barragan came through with the biggest goal of the game. The former Connell standout was stationed at the top of Pierce’s 18-yard box when Campos found him from the wing.

Barragan did the rest, dribbling away from a defender for a shot, which he buried into the back left corner of the net for a 4-3 lead.

“Ivan has scored in some key moments for us this year,” Vierck said of Barragan’s fourth tally this season. “He hasn’t played a lot of minutes, but he’s come through in some tight situations.”

CBC goalkeeper Antonio Gonzalez also played hero late in the game, diving toward the upper left corner to tip away what looked like a sure goal by Warner in the 88th minute -- one that would have tied the score.

“That was a massive save,” said Vierck, a former Hawks goalkeeper. “Tony has made a habit of that. He’s done that in each of the last four games.”

Scoring--1, CBC, Jesse Esquivel (Richard Renteria), 2:00; 2, CBC, Jorge Campos (PK), 4:00; 3, CBC, Campos (Renteria), 14:00; 4, P, Matthew Solis (Mike Englehardt), 19:00; 5, P, Chris Warner, 60:00; 6, P, Jay Williams (Michael Jenkins), 75:00; 7, CBC, Ivan Barragan (Campos), 87:00; 8, CBC, Campos (PK), 90:00 (stoppage time). Shots--P 20, CBC 13. Saves--P, Andrew Anderson 4. CBC, Antonio Gonzalez 6.

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