The hits keep on coming for the Kennewick soccer team.
With their first league title since 1988 already in their pocket, the Lions laid claim to the Class 3A District 5/8 title Thursday night with a 3-0 win over Shadle Park at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane.
Sam Borja and Adrian Rojo scored almost on top of each other in the second half after a scoreless opener.
“It’s been our M.O. all season,” said Kennewick coach Brian Gochoel, whose team ran its scoreless streak to 585 minutes. “We certainly haven’t been a prolific goal-scoring side.
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“But we just flowed like Clockwork Orange in the second half. It was fun to watch.”
Borja scored in the 46th minute, tackling a ball that didn’t quite clear from the Shadle side. Rojo connected seven minutes later off a feed from Ramiro Chavez, who then closed the scoring in the 74th minute.
The win secured the second straight state berth for the Lions (15-3), who will host a first-round game Tuesday against a west-side team to be determined Saturday.
Meanwhile, league rival Hanford will take on this same Shadle Park team back at Joe Albi at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Falcons beat University 2-1 in overtime to keep their postseason alive.
Scoring—1, K, Sam Borja 46th. 2, K, Adrian Rojo (Ramiro Chavez) 53rd. 3, K, Chavez (Brandon Lopez) 74th. Shots—Kennewick 20, Shadle Park 1. Saves—Kennewick, Jose Rodriguez, Henry Hernandez 1. Shadle, Booey 11.
Hanford 2, University 1 (OT): Mario Zarate scored two minutes into overtime off a feed from William Eldrid to carry the Falcons in the loser-out contest.
The duo combined on Hanford’s first goal in the 27th minute, scored by Eldrid. Thiel had five saves in goal for Hanford.
“It was exciting just to see the guys step up, especially in overtime to finish it off and not let it get to a shootout,” said Falcons coach Mike Pardini.
Scoring—1, H, William Eldrid (Mario Zarate) 27th. 2, U, Bender (Donich) 47th. 3, H, Zarate (Eldrid) 82nd. Shots—Hanford 12, Univeristy 4. Saves—Hanford, Jacob Thiel 3. University, Howe 7.