BOYS SOCCER: Richland opens MCC play with win over Southridge

By the Tri-City HeraldMarch 20, 2014 

The Richland Bombers may have lost some firepower to graduation, but they showed Thursday that they’ve still got enough talent to go the distance.

Xavier Acuna scored a first-half goal and Ethan Whattam delivered another in the second half to give Richland a win over Southridge in its Mid-Columbia Conference opener Thursday at Bomber Field.

“We’re replacing a bunch of big-time players, but the candidates (to replace them) did a nice job,” Richland coach Octavio Dovalle said. “We were pretty solid in the middle, followed by our defense. Finding your defense is important, but we found both.”

Dovalle said both goals were taken straight out of a textbook.

“The first one came off an overlap on the right wing. Ali (Kamara) slotted to Juan (Martinez), and Juan saw Xavier on top of the 6 on the far side. Then it was just touch and height,” Dovalle said. “On the second goal, Ali took the guy deep to the right wing, hit the ball to the middle and (Whattam) finished nicely.”

Damian Ruiz made three saves in the Bombers’ goal for the shutout.

Scoring—1, R, Xavier Acuna (Juan Martinez), 12:00; 2, R, Ethan Whattam (Ali Kamara), 64:00. Shots—S 5, R 8. Saves—S, Chandler Ruggieri 5. R, Damian Ruiz 3.

Kennewick 2, Hanford 0: In a rematch of last year’s Class 3A state quarterfinal, the Lions prevailed with a pair of second-half goals by Alejandro Hernandez and Ramiro Chavez to kick off their MCC schedule with a win.

“This was the first in a 14-game MCC journey. Needless to say, it was a competitive match,” Kennewick coach Brian Gochoel said. “Hanford is a quality side, and we were thrilled to be able to snag a result on their field.”

Gochoel said that the Falcons showed why they reached the state semifinals last season en route to a fourth-place finish.

“Hanford had the better of play in the first half. We were a bit out of sorts,” Gochoel said. “In the second half, we were determined to be more assertive. We were able to bag those two goals and lock down in back with Anthony Arroyo and Marcos Borja.”

Kennewick scored its first goal when Hanford goalkeeper Jacob Thiel made the initial stop on Hernandez’s shot, but the rebound popped into the air for Hernandez to knock into the net. Chavez scored off an assist from Javier Valencia two minutes later.

Scoring—1, K, Alejandro Hernandez, 50:00; 2, K, Ramiro Chavez (Javier Valencia), 52:00. Shots—K 9, H 8. Saves—K, Henry Hernandez 5. H, Jacob Thiel 2.

Pasco 3, Kamiakin 0: Brothers Jesus and Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez each had a goal and an assist to lead the host Bulldogs to a victory in their Mid-Columbia Conference opener against the Braves.

Hector Magana added a goal and an assist for Pasco.

Scoring—1, Pasco, Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez (Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez), 30:00; 2, Pasco, Hector Magana (J. Meraz-Rodriguez), 40:00; 3, Pasco, E. Meraz-Rodriguez (Magana), 50:00. Shots—Kamiakin 4, Pasco 8. Saves—Kamiakin, Schulman, 5; Pasco, Ryan Gibson 2, Jon Rosaf 3.

Walla Walla 3, Chiawana 1: Esteban Ojeda had a hat trick to lead the visiting Blue Devils to a victory in their Mid-Columbia Conference opener.

Scoring—1, WW, Esteban Ojeda (Pancho Suarez), 20:00; 2, WW, Ojeda (Christian Segovia), 28:00; 3, Chiawana, Shambel West (Frank Torres), 30:00; 4, WW, Ojeda (Pancho Suarez). Shots—WW 10, Chiawana 12 Saves—Walla Walla, Mason Ahrens, 6; Chiawana, Fernando Gutierrez, 3; Jorge Llerenas, 2.

Sunnyside 2, West Valley 0: Alexander Marin put the Grizzlies on the board in the fourth minute, scoring off an assist from Luis Licona as Sunnyside (3-0) cruised to a nonleague win at West Valley.

Enrique De La Cruz scored the Grizzlies’ second goal on a distance strike in the 55th minute.

Scoring—1, S, Alexander Marin (Luis Licona), 4:00; 2, S, Enrique De La Cruz, 55:00. Shots—S 11, WV 3. Saves—S, Manuel Calvillo 3. WV, Jacob Alvarez 7.

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