The Kennewick boys soccer team reached new heights last spring, reaching the state tournament for the first time since 1993.
By opening their season in Spokane, the Lions are hoping a battle-tested nonleague schedule will lead to good things in 2013.
Kennewick held Shadle Park to a scoreless first half before netting a pair of second-half goals by Miguel Lopez and Adrian Rojo for a 2-0 nonleague win Saturday in Spokane.
The Lions outshot the Highlanders 11-1, and a strong back line anchored by central defenders Noe Diaz and Anthony Arroyo kept things clean for Jose Rodriguez and Henry Hernandez, who split time in goal.
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“(The defense) pretty much controlled the match. We held Shadle to minimal opportunities and helped change the point of attack,” Kennewick coach Brian Gochoel said. “We created numerous chances, but poise and finishing is something we need to work on moving forward.”
Scoring—1, K, Miguel Lopez (Marcos Borja), 53:00; 2, K, Adrian Rojo 78:00. Shots—SP 1, Ken 11. Saves—SP, Zack Wright 8. Ken, Jose Rodriguez 0, Henry Hernandez 1.
Richland 1, Toppenish 0: Austin Herrick tallied the only goal of the match off an assist from John Larsen in the 36th minute, giving the Bombers a nonleague home win over Toppenish in Richland.
Bombers coach Octavio DoValle wasn’t so concerned with the low score as he was just getting things up and running.
“We’re at such an early stage in the game. Scoring goals is the last thing you worry about,” said DoValle, the only coach Richland boys soccer has ever employed since he began the program in 1988.
DoValle was encouraged by his team’s play against Toppenish, a scrappy Class 2A team out of the Central Washington Athletic Conference that won the 2012 league title.
“They’re an unknown as far as soccer, but their coach, Uriel Gonzalez, is pretty serious and runs a good program,” DoValle said. “He comes to play, I come to play and we don’t try to hurt each other.”
Scoring—1, R, Austin Herrick (John Larsen), 36:00. Shots—T 4, R 8. Saves—T, Oliver Sanchez 6. R, Damien Ruiz 3.
Hanford 5, Prosser 0: Mario Zarate scored four goals, including a natural hat trick in the first half, to highlight the Falcons’ nonleague win at Prosser.
Jacob Bogen added a goal and an assist for Hanford, which improved to 2-0 under new coach Mike Pardini.
“We started a little slow, but once we got things going Mario was involved in everything we did today. He did a fantastic job opening things up for us,” Pardini said.
Zarate started the scoring in the 28th minute, making a run across the back line before Bogen flipped a pass to him through the slot. Zarate did the rest, beating the Prosser goalie for a 1-0 lead.
Jacob Theil made six saves in the Falcons goal, and Hanford outshot the Mustangs 15-6.
Scoring—1, H, Mario Zarate (Jacob Bogen) 28:00; 2, H, Zarate (Eduardo Barajas) 32:00; 3, H, Zarate (PK) 38:00; 4, H, Bogen (Will Bishop) 60:00; 5, H, Zarate (Austin Tanner) 70:00. Shots—H 15, P 6. Saves—H, Jacob Theil 6. P, 10.
Southridge 2, Selah 0: Conner Mertens scored in the 24th and 78th minutes to help the Suns defeat the Vikings in a nonleague matchup at Lampson Stadium.
“He got in there on that back line and scored twice for us,” new Southridge head coach Johnny Trevino said.
Scoring—1, Sou, Conner Mertens, 24:00; 2, Sou, Mertens (Oscar Gonzalez), 78:00. Shots—Selah 1, Sou 5. Saves—Selah, Abel Bautista 3. Sou, James Fort 1.
Chiawana 2, Wenatchee 0: Muya Hamadi and Uriel Arroyo scored to lead the Riverhawks to a nonleague road victory against the Panthers. Fernando Gutierrez stopped five shots for Chiawana.
Scoring—1, C, Muya Hamadi (Matt Steltenpohl), 20:00. 2, C, Uriel Arroyo, 60:00. Shots—C 8, W 6. Saves—C, Fernando Gutierrez 5. W, Noel Sanchez 3.
Eastmont 6, Pasco 0: The Bulldogs fell on the road to the Wildcats after allowing three goals to Mauricio Perez.
Scoring—1, E, Mauricio Perez, 3:00; 2, Ivan Marmalejo (Jose Morfin), 15:00; 3, E, Juan Marmalejo, 16:00; 4, E, Elvis Sanchez (Joel Villa), 32:00; 5, E, Perez (Mitch Meyer) 46:00; 6, Perez (PK) 62:00. Shots—P 2, E 22. Saves—P, John Rosas, Damien Magana. E, Alonso Martinez 1, Noah Daniel 1.
Pullman 1, Othello 0 (SO): The perennial playoff rivals went to the 18th shooter to decide the nonleague opener for the host Huskies.
Othello keeper Angel Rangel made two saves in the shootout, while the Huskies’ three misses were off the post, wide left and wide right.
Shootout goals (7-6)—Pullman, Jake Stevens, Matt Winchell, Mortiz Lange, Matt Konkel, Bob Clark, Micah Lagerquist, Jeremy Davidson. Othello, Eddie Mendoza, Jacob Quiroz, Edwin Alvarez, Hugo Martinez, Freddie Agustin, Rodrigo Zuniga. Shots—Pullman 11, Othello 13. Saves—Pullman, Vivek Jayaram 3. Othello, Diego Saurez, Trevor Walker and Angel Rangel 9.