A couple of quick scores on top of each other are not uncommon in soccer. But three goals within two minutes is something even veteran coach Mike Pardini has not seen too often.
Austin Tanner, Will Bishop and Mario Zarate scored within a minute of each other as Hanford threw a three-goal burst at Kamiakin and held on for a 4-1 win in Mid-Columbia Conference play Saturday at Hanford High.
“It was extremely quick,” said Pardini, whose Falcons improved to 5-1 to keep pace with Richland atop the MCC standings.
Zarate got Hanford on the the board in the sixth minute, but the real fireworks came 15 minutes later. That’s when Tanner scored off a feed from Zarate. A minute later, it was Bishop from Tanner, and a minute after that Zarate again, also from Tanner.
“We just got on them a little bit,” Pardini said. “The guys pressed really hard and were able to win possession of the ball in some good areas. They were able to capitalize on the opportunties given to them.”
Kamiakin found an answer late in the first half on Gil Guizar’s penalty kick, but a blanket was thrown on the scoring in the second half.
Scoring—1, H, Mario Zarate (Nick Carlson) 6th. 2, H, Austin Tanner (Zarate) 21st. 3, H, Will Bishop (Carlson) 22nd. 4, H, Zarate (Tanner) 23rd; 5, K, Gil Guizar (penalty kick) 40th. Shots—Hanford 8, Kamiakin 4. Saves—Hanford, Jacob Thiel 3; Kamiakin, Riley Shulman 4.
Richland 1, Pasco 0: Ali Kamala scored in the 67th minute off a feed from Austin Herrick as the Bombers eked out a Mid-Columbia win at Edgar Brown Stadium.
Pasco outshot Richland 15-13, and Bombers coach Octavio Dovalle said the Bulldogs held an edge controlling the flow of the game.
“They had the advantage mostly in the shooting,” he said, noting that Kamala’s goal came when his team finally found some rhythm.
“We finally were able to make some combinations, and fortunately Ali got a good look,” he said.
Scoring—1, Ali Kamala (Austin Herrick) 67th. Shots—Richland 13, Pasco 15. Saves—Richland, Damian Ruiz 7; Pasco, Ezequiel Modragon 5.
Walla Walla 4, Southridge 3: Luis Solano scored a hat trick for the Suns, but Walla Walla put on a furious rally late in the first half and went on to pick up a Mid-Columbia victory at home.
Alexis Medina gave the Blue Devils the game-winner in the 72nd minute, but it was three-goal barrage from Jose Maya, Francisco Sanchez and Esteban Ojeda that swung the momentum after Solano staked Southridge to an early two-goal lead.
“It was frustrating to go into the half after having a 2-0 lead early,” said Suns coach Johnn Trevino. “Credit Walla Walla for possession the ball at the end of the game. ... They really killed the game out well.”
The burst of scoring from Solano was a big plus for the winless Suns, who have been concentrating on defense since a 7-0 loss to Richland to open the season.
“We haven’t scored a lot of goals this year,” said Trevenio, adding that Solano heated up with a nice header in the previous game against Hanford.
“It just opened up for him. ... He’s a dangerous player.”
Scoring—1, S, Luis Solano (Victor Garcia) 4th. 2, S, Solano (Tony Nava) 22nd. 3, WW, Jose Maya 27th. 4, WW, Francisco Sanchez (Efren Barrera) 35th. 5, WW, Esteban Ojeda (Maya) 40th. 6, S, Solano (free kick) 49th. 7, Alexis Medina 72nd. Shots—Southridge 5, Walla Walla 7. Saves—Southridge, Chandler Ruggieri 3; Walla Walla, Jorge Mejia and Antonio Meza 2.
Chiawana 1, Kennewick 0: Cezar Leon scored the game’s only goal and Fernando Gutierrez had six saves in the shutout for the Riverhawks.
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Othello 1, Ephrata 0: Hugo Martinez scored on a header off Jacob Quiroz’s corner kick as the Huskies finally broke through on the road for a CWAC win.
It was the 10th corner kick opportunity of the game for Othello, which outshot Ephrata 18-10 and improved to 2-0 in league and 4-4 overall.
Scoring—1, O, Hugo Martinez (Jacob Quiroz) 57th. Shots—Othello 18, Ephrata 10. Saves—Othello, Angel Rangel 8; Ephrata, Leo Garcia 11.
Grandview 6, Wapato 0: Cesar Orduno had a goal and an assist as Grandview improved to 2-0 in CWAC action with a road win over Wapato.
“They share it around pretty good,” Grandview coach Anne Holden said. “It was six different scorers and multiple assists. It was pretty cool. It makes it tough for the other team.”
Scoring—1, G, Victor Valencia (Cesar Orduno), 12:00. 2, G, Ruben Clara (Israel Gonzalez), 18:00. 3, G, Ismael Montes (Valencia), 28:00. 4, G, Orduno (Javier Cardenas), 57:00. 5, G, Antonio Munoz, 65:00. 6, G, Martin Barragan (Samuel Cuevas), 71:00. Shots—G 17, W 2. Saves—G, Elmer Campuzano 2. W, Jose Fuentes 11.