Kennewick’s Ramiro Chavez scored with two minutes left to give the Lions a 1-0 win over Hanford and what is believed to be the first league title in program history.
“I’m just thrilled and proud,” Kennewick coach Brian Gochoel said. “These boys won not only for themselves and the school, but for the Kennewick community. A lot of former players have come back and really lent their support, and the enthusiasm with our success is something special for this group.”
Chavez took a pass from Alvaro Licea and split the Hanford defense, eventually slotting the ball home for the winner.
The goalie tandem of Jose Rodriguez and Henry Hernandez did their part, combining for three saves.
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The Kennewick defense has only allowed six goals in 15 games this season, which is what the league title was built on.
The Lions’ back line is made up of Noe Diaz, Marcos Borja, Esau Vasquez and Anthony Arroyo.
“It is really just the boys working together as a team,” Gochoel said.
Kennewick faces Southridge on Wednesday, but already has locked up the No. 1 seed to the District 5/8 Tournament.
Scoring—1, Kennewick, Ramiro Chavez (Alvaro Licea), 78:00. Shots—Hanford 7, Kennewick 12. Saves—Hanford, Jacob Thiel, 5; Kennewick, Jose Rodriguez, 2, Henry Hernandez, 1.
Richland 2, Southridge 0: Austin Herrick had a goal and an assist to help the Bombers clinch the No. 1 seed to the District 5 tournament next week.
The victory also gives Richland an automatic berth in the Regional Tournament.
Scoring—1, Richland, Tyler Duncan (Austin Herrick), 43:00; 2, Richland, Austin Herrick (Juan Martinez), 57:00. Shots—Richland 17, Southridge 8. Saves—Richland, Damian Ruiz, 2; Southridge, James Fort, 11
Kamiakin 2, Pasco 0: Jose Anguiano and Adam Sherman scored for the host Braves in a Mid-Columbia Conference game at Lampson Stadium.
Kamiakin faces Hanford on Tuesday, but the Braves are already locked into the No. 3 seed, while the Falcons have the No. 2.
With the loss, Pasco falls to the No. 2 seed. The Bulldogs will host the winner of the Chiawana-Walla Walla match in an elimination match in the District 5/8 Tournament.
Scoring—1, Kamiakin, Jose Anguiano (Brandon Boehnke), 39:00; 2, Kamiakin, Adam Sherman (Josymar Renteria), 76:00. Saves—Pasco, Jonathon Rosas, 5; Kamiakin, Riley Shulman, 10
Othello 1, Selah 0: Jacob Quiroz scored in the 64th minute to help the Huskies to a CWAC road win.
The win locks up the No. 5 seed to the district tournament for Othello (8-8, 5-4).
Scoring—1, Othello, Jacob Quiroz (Hugo Martinez), 64:00. Shots—Othello 12, Selah 7. Saves—Othello, Angel Rangel, 4; Selah, Abel Bautista, 10
ELLENSBURG 3, PROSSER 2 (OT): Ramon Gonzalez headed a pass from Benjamin Stockdale in the 88th minute to give visiting Ellensburg a CWAC victory over Prosser.
Maximiliano Sanchez and Martin Madrigal each had goals for the Mustangs.
Scoring—1, P, Maximiliano Sanchez, 8:00. 2, P, Martin Madrigal, 14:00. 3, E, Benjamin Stockdale (Fernando Barajas), 66:00. 4, E, Brad Johnson (Johnny Sanchez), 73:00. 5, E, Ramon Gonzalez (Stockdale), 88:00. Saves—E, Gonzalo Contreras, 2. P, unknown, 9.
Wahluke 2, Kiona-Benton 0: Ramon Bravo and Juan Estrada scored to lead the Warriors to an SCAC victory over the visiting Bears.
Scoring—1, Wahluke, Ramon Bravo (George Preciado), 13:00; 2, Wahluke, Juan Estrada (Miguel Ramirez), 61:00 Shots—Kiona-Benton 2; Wahluke 15. Saves—Kiona-Benton, Zachary Metcalf, 6; Wahluke, Alan Caro, 2
Royal 1, Connell 0 (SO): The SCAC match couldn’t have been much closer, with the visiting Knights winning 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Shootout goals (3-2)—Royal, Luis Garcia, Hugo Rodriguez, Christian Guerrero. Connell, Jairo Virrueta, Alvaro Tlachi. Shots—Connell 13, Royal 8. Saves—Connell, Jose Vargas 6. Royal, Lupe Arceo 10.