Boys soccer: Hanford defense shines in victory

April 8, 2014 

A stout defensive effort led Hanford to a 3-0 Mid-Columbia Conference victory Tuesday over visiting Chiawana in boys soccer action.

Led by the play of Kelly Smith and Kyle McMurrich, the Falcons slowed the Riverhawks’ strong attack, holding them to just one shot.

“We did a really good job in the midfield and in the back,” Hanford coach Mike Pardini said. “They had some good players. Chiawana is a pretty dangerous team and I thought we did a good job handling the pressure.”

Jacob Thiel made one save in goal for the win.

Mario Zarate scored twice and Joseph Ghirardo had three assists to lead the Hanford offense.

Scoring—1, Hanford, Mario Zarate (Joseph Ghirardo), 17:00; 2, Hanford, Will Eldred (Ghirardo), 30:00; 3, Hanford, Zarate (Ghirardo), 44:00. Shots—Chiawana 1, Hanford 14. Saves—Chiawana, Fernando Gutierrez, 11; Hanford, Jacob Thiel, 1

Pasco 1, Southridge 0: Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez scored his third goal the season with 10 minutes left in the game as the Bulldogs beat the Suns at Edgar Brown Stadium.

Jon Rosas had one save in recording the shutout for Pasco (6-3, 5-2).

Scoring—1, P, Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez (Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez), 70:00. Shots—S 2, P 6. Saves—S, Chandler Ruggieri 5. P, Jon Rosas 1.

Kennewick 1, Richland 0: Ramiro Chavez scored in the 27th minute, and the Lions remained undefeated on the season with an MCC win over Richland at Lampson Stadium.

“We are playing some pretty good soccer,” said Kennewick coach Brian Gochoel. “We are moving the ball exceptionally well at times. Credit to their keeper for keeping them in the game, it could have been four or five goals. Our center backs Marcos Borja and Anthony Arroyo anchored the back end and kept Richland with limited opportunities.”

The Lions (9-0 overall) finished the first half of league play 7-0.

Scoring—1, K, Ramiro Chavez (PK), 27:00. Shots—R 3, K 20. Saves—R, Damien Ruiz 7. K, Henry Hernandez 1.

Sunnyside 2, Wenatchee 0: The Grizzlies opened CBBN play with a home victory over the Panthers.

No Meza opened the scoring for Sunnyside (7-0) in the first minute of the game, and Christian Chavez gave the Grizzlies a little breathing room, scoring from 25 yards out at 21 minutes.

Scoring—1, S, Noe Meza, 1:02. 2, S, Christian Chavez, 21:00. Shots—W 3, S 14. Saves—W, Adrian Villanueva 5. S, Manuel Calzillo 2.

Royal 8, Naches Valley 0: Jose Medina scored four goals to lead the Knights to the easy shutout victory of the visiting Rangers in an SCAC match.

Scoring—1, Royal, Luis Garcia, 6:00; 2, Royal, Jose Medina, 9:00; 3, Royal, Medina (Cesar Bernal), 10:00; 4, Royal, Luis Garcia, 10:00; 5, Royal, Miguel Alvarez, 22:00; 6, Royal, Abraham Medina (Isidro Dela Rosa), 40;00; 7, Royal, Jose Medina (Luis Garcia), 50:00; 8, Royal, Jose Medina (Marcos Quiroz), 55:00. Shots—Naches Valley 3, Royal 14. Saves—Naches Valley, Rigo Andrade, 2; Mario Juarez, 3; Royal, Isidro Dela Rosa, 0; Willy Navarro, 2; Miguel Alvarez, 1.

Royal 9, Kiona-Benton 0 (SATURDAY): Jose Ponce had a hat trick to give the Knights an easy SCAC road victory.

Scoring—1, Royal, Jose Ponce (Luis Garcia), 3:00; 2, Royal, Ponce (Garcia), 9:00; 3, Royal, Marcos Quiroz (Tanner Christensen), 20:00; 4, Royal, Jesus Torres, 43:00; 5, Royal, Quiroz (Cesar Bernal), 46:00; 6, Royal, Ponce, 55:00; 7, Royal, Julio Valencia (Danny Cuevas), 58:00; 8, Isidro Dela Rosa, 59:00; 9, Royal, Oscar Ramirez, 62:00. Shots—Royal 27, Kiona-Benton 2. Saves—Royal, Miguel Alvarez, 0, Jose Jimenez, 1; Kiona-Benton, Miguel Palencia, 15.

Connell 13, Kiona-Benton 0: Jiro Birrueta had two goals and two assists, and Gerardo Reyes added two goals and an assist as the Eagles picked up their first win of the season in dramatic fashion.

Connell outshot the Bears 28-2 and led 7-0 at the half.

Scoring—1, C, Junior Reyes, 5:22. 2, C, Adrian Mendiola, 10:45. 3, C, Lannin Guzman, 22:00. 4, C, Jiro Birrueta, 29:00. 5, C, Christian Ramos (Birrueta), 33:00. 6, C, Manuel Mejia (Birrueta), 35:00. 7, C, Guzman, 40:10. 8, C, Guzman (Gerardo Reyes), 43:00. 9, C, Jose Fraga (Jesus Garcia), 50:39. 10, C, Birrueta, 54:00. 11, C, Gerardo Reyes, 61:00. 12, C, Gerardo Reyes, 68:00. 13, C, Alvaro Tlachi, 73:00. Shots—KB 2, C 28. Saves—KB, Miguel Palencia 10, David Mendoza 3. C, Adsel Plaza 1.

Wahluke 2, Warden 1 (SO): Alan Caro stuffed two would-be goals in the shootout to lead the visiting Warriors to an SCAC victory over the Cougars.

Charlie Ramos, Emmanuel Hidalgo, Lebrado Barajas and Alex Anaya all scored in the shoout for Wahluke.

Scoring—1, Warden, Orlando Alba, 23:00; 2, Wahluke, Ramon Bravo (Lebrado Barajas), 49:00. Shootout goals (4-1)—Wahluke, Charlie Ramos, Emmanuel Hidalgo, Lebrado Barajas, Alex Anaya. Warden, Malte Seitz. Shots—Wahluke 14, Warden 8. Saves—Wahluke, Alan Caro, 3; Warden, Osvaldo Alba, 4.

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