Boys soccer: Kennewick opens season with statement win

March 14, 2014 

Kennewick Uribe Soccer

Kennewick's David Uribe (6) heads the ball as Shadle Park's Jeremy Boyd applies defensive pressure during Friday's game at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick. Uribe's teammate Alejandro Hernandez trails the play.

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The Kennewick boys soccer team didn’t need an explosive front third to win the Mid-Columbia Conference in 2013, using a solid back line to anchor its run to the Class 3A state tournament.

If its first game of this spring is any indication, beware of attacking Lions in 2014.

Kennewick scored four goals in the first half in a 6-0 rout of Shadle Park during a nonconference game Friday night at Lampson Stadium. The Lions didn’t score more than five goals in a game last season.

“Coming off last year, certainly our defensive prowess was outstanding, but putting the ball in the back of the net was problematic,” Lions coach Brian Gochoel said. “I’m pleased as punch to be putting four goals in the back of the net in the first half.”

Gochoel, who lost just two key seniors to graduation, got a big game from Alvaro Licea, who scored two goals and added an assist. He even played the last 21 minutes in goal, combining with Henry Hernandez on the shutout.

“We moved the ball very well, and we were able to string together passes to create opportunities,” Gochoel said. “We’re in midseason form coming into the first game.”

Scoring—1, K, Alvaro Licea, 5:00; 2, K, Marcos Borja (Licea), 14:00; 3, K, Ramiro Chavez (Armando Ponce), 15:00; 4, K, Esau Vazquez (Danny Uribe) 38:00; 5, K, Licea, 43:00; 6, K, Anthony Arroyo (Uribe), 76:00. Shots—SP 2, K 10. Saves—SP, Zach Wright 6. K, Henry Hernandez 2, Alvaro Licea (59:00) 0.

Hanford 2, Prosser 0: Joseph Ghirardo scored two goals, matching his season total from last season, and Jacob Thiel notched his first shutout of the year as the Falcons topped the Mustangs in a nonleague matchup in Richland.

“(Joseph) did a good job,” Hanford coach Mike Pardini said. “His first goal was a pretty nice shot off Mario’s (Zarate) pass. His second goal was more of an individual effort. He took a pass from Will (Bishop), beat three guys and slotted it through.”

Pardini was pleased with the overall result as players continued to acclimate themselves to a new spring season.

“Hopefully, our progression was good enough that we can hit the ground running,” Pardini said. “We’ve had two good weeks of training. This is a good indicator of where we’re at.”

Scoring—1, H, Joseph Ghirardo (Mario Zarate), 21:00; 2, H, Ghirardo (Will Bishop), 65:00. Shots—P 1, H 11. Saves—P, Juan Gomez 9. H, Jacob Thiel 1.

Southridge 3, University 2: The Suns rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a victory in their season opener against the visiting Titans.

After dominating the first part of the game, a stadium manager inadvertantly shut off the lights, plunging the field into darkness. After a 15-minute delay, University came out and immediately scored. A half hour later they added another for a 2-0 lead.

“It was a pretty exciting game to watch,” Southridge coach Johnny Trevino said. “They came out and scored a goal and it deflated us. We got reorganized, fought back well and won the game.”

Israel Chavez scored twice to lead Southridge to the victory.

Scoring—1, University, Travis Reader, 13:00; 2, University, Daniel Franzes (McKenzie Tate), 45:00; 3, Southridge, Austin Zambrano (Xavier Guerara), 48:00; 4, Southridge, Israel Chavez (Elier Rey), 72:00; 5, Southridge, Chavez (Tony Nava), 75:00. Shots—University 4, Southridge 6. Saves—University, Taylor Hansen, 3; Southridge, Martin Ruiz, 2

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