Soccer: Southridge gets first Mid-Col league win

April 5, 2014 

Three weeks have passed since the Southridge Suns’ last victory in boys soccer in the team’s season opener on March 14.

That made Saturday’s 2-1 Mid-Columbia Conference win over Walla Walla especially sweet at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.

Not only did the Suns break a six-game losing streak, but they picked up some much-needed confidence in the process.

“This was a good defensive game for us,” Southridge coach Johnny Trevino said. “We sat in and played some of the best defense we’ve played all year.”

Trevino was especially impressed with defender Johnathan Rodriguez and goalkeeper Chandler Ruggieri, who made eight saves for his first shutout of the year.

The Blue Devils (2-5 overall, 2-4 MCC) outshot the Suns 9-3.

“Chandler made a couple of big saves on corner kicks and came out for a couple of 1-(versus)-1 saves that kept them out of the back of the net,” Trevino said. “They really wanted to attack. Esteban Ojeda has scored quite few goals for (Walla Walla), but Johnathan kept winning the ball for us.”

Luis Solano put Southridge (2-6, 1-5) on the board in the fifth minute, beating Blue Devils goalkeeper Mason Ahrens with a 40-yard free kick.

“We tell our players to put those shots on frame just in case a teammate isn’t there,” Trevino said. “Luis is pretty lethal. He’s a dangerous player if you give him an opportunity.”

Daniel Mendoza made it 2-0 Suns off an assist from Elier Ray 15 minutes later.

Wa-Hi’s Christian Segovia cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal in the 30th minute.

Scoring—1, S, Luis Solano, 5:00; 2, S, Daniel Mendoza (Elier Rey), 20:00; 3, WW, Christian Segovia (Francisco Sanchez), 30:00. Shots—WW 9, S 3. Saves—WW, Mason Ahrens 1. S, Chandler Ruggieri 8.

Hanford 4, Kamiakin 0: Joseph Ghirardo scored two goals and assisted on a third to lift the Falcons to an MCC home win over the Braves.

It was the fifth consecutive win for Hanford (7-1 overall, 5-1 MCC), which remains a game behind Kennewick (8-0, 6-0) in the league standings.

“Ghirardo had a real good game. He just seemed like he was a lot more involved in the attack for us,” Falcons coach Mike Pardini said. “All in all, the entire team seemed a lot more engaged.”

Hanford scored all of its goals in the first half, including a lightning-quick strike by Will Eldred in the first minute, followed by Ghirardo’s first goal six minutes later.

“We talked quite a bit about starting quick and jumping on teams when we can,” Pardini said. “We were able to get the wind in the first half, and we knew it was extremely important to take advantage of that.”

Scoring—1, H, Will Eldred (Kyle McMurrich), 1:00; 2, H, Joseph Ghirardo (Iovani Rodriguez), 7:00; 3, H, Mario Zarate (Ghirardo), 15:00; 4, H, Ghirardo (Zarate), 40:00. Shots—K 2, H 11. Saves—K, Riley Shulman 5, Connor Durham (40:00) 2. H, Jacob Thiel 2.

Pasco 1, Richland 0: Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez beat Bombers’ goalkeeper on a penalty kick in the 37th minute, accounting for the only goal of the day in the Bulldogs’ MCC win at Bomber Field.

Alan Trevino was fouled in Richland’s penalty box to set up the penalty kick.

Pasco’s back third of Sergio Avalos, Saul Chavez, Oswal Lopez and Julio Zuniga helped keep the heat off goalkeeper Jon Rosas, who earned the shutout.

“The shutout was great. Our defenders have been doing a great job this year, along with the goalkeeper,” Bulldogs coach Matt Potter said.

Scoring—1, P, Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez (PK), 37:00. Shots—P 5, R 2. Saves—P, Jon Rosas 2. R, Damian Ruiz 3.

Kennewick 3, Chiawana 1: Alvaro Licea had two assists to help keep the Lions undefeated on the season as they topped the Riverhawks in a Mid-Columbia Conference game at Lampson Stadium.

Kennewick (6-0, 8-0) got three saves from Henry Hernandez in goal.

Scoring—1, Kennewick, Federico Villasenor (Uriel Ramirez), 31:00; 2, Kennewick, Marcos Borja (Alvaro Licea), 47:00; 3, Kennewick, Ramiro Chavez (Licea) 74:00; 4, Chiawana, Ramiro Esteban, 79:00. Shots—Chiawana 3, Kennewick 12. Saves—Chiawana, Gerardo Fernando, 6; Kennewick, Henry Hernandez, 3

Othello 6, Prosser 1: Jason Rodriguez scored two goals and had three assists to lift the Huskies to a nonleague win over the visiting Mustangs.

“We’re 5-1 and he’s one of the biggest reasons for it,” Othello coach Bernie Garza said. “He’s my main guy. He’s going to be pushing to be one of the top players in the (CWAC).”

Ivan Lopez tallied for Prosser in the 73rd minute.

Scoring—1, O, Khristian Herrera (Jason Rodriguez), 7:00; 2, O, Rodriguez (Herrera), 16:00; 3, O, Rodriguez (PK), 20:00; 4, O, Hugo Martinez (Rodriguez), 33:00; 5, O, Ivan Zuniga (Rodriguez), 43:00; 6, O, Jacob Quiroz (PK), 47:00; 7, P, Ivan Lopez, 73:00. Shots—P 10, O 13. Saves—P, Juan Gomez 4. O, Angel Rangel 7.

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