Former Richland High goalie Nash Yamauchi is long gone, but his legacy lives on with the Bombers.
On Tuesday night, Tyler Duncan scored the only goal Richland would need on a ‘Nash’ play, helping Richland to a 3-0 victory over Stadium High of Tacoma in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Bomber Field.
“It was a team effort,” Richland coach Octavio DoValle said. “It was fun to coach the boys. They were responding to what we wanted them to do.”
The Bombers (11-5) advance to play the winner of today’s Roosevelt-Central Kitsap game. The time, date and place of the game have yet to be determined.
Stadium, the 2009 state champions, ended its season at 13-3-1.
“It’s always tough when you have to get on the bus at 9 a.m., travel and play on their field in the sun,” said first-year Tigers coach Adam Becker. “No excuses. They played well and deserved to win.”
Both teams played solid defense at the start, and Tigers goalie Adam Aguilar appeared to set the tone for his team with a stop of Richland’s Austin Herrick 11:35 into the game.
But that would be the last of the spectacular saves by Aguilar.
Moving in on the halfway point of the first half, the Bombers had a free kick from midfield — and they went to the ‘Nash’ play.
“Last year, our goalie Nash (Yamauchi) would take those kicks at midfield,” Duncan said. “Our job is to get in front the goalie, get in his face and then finish.”
On Tuesday, Danish exchange student Anders Lauridsen took the kick from midfield, the ball got past the Stadium defense to Aguilar, who bobbled the ball. Duncan was there to bury the ball for his second goal in as many games.”
“It has been really fun the last couple of weeks,” Duncan said. “The adrenaline gets going when you get to state.”
Ali Kamara gave the Bombers a 2-0 lead at 28:21, reeling in a long punt from goalie Damian Ruiz, sprinting past Stadium’s Tyler Foster and beating Aguilar with a crossing shot from the left side.
“The defense missed the ball and I was right there,” Kamara said. “Every time the goalie comes out, I will beat him.”
The Tigers, who did not have any shots on goal in the first half, came out firing in the second, but Ruiz negated every threat — with a little help from his defense.
“Defense is one of our strengths,” DoValle said. “Our goalie is solid and (Kevin) Garza and (Parker) Rojas are pretty feisty.”
Stadium’s Garret Harp was lost to a shoulder injury at 63:32. The Tigers received a free kick on the play, but the threat was quickly neutralized.
Jonathan Larsen finished the scoring at 74:23, taking a pass from Herrick and putting the ball past Aguilar.
Aguilar, who finished with six saves, saw his night end with Larsen’s goal. Ian Fry played the final 6:37, notching two saves.
Ruiz finished with eight saves in picking up his ninth shutout of the season.
Scoring—1, R, Tyler Duncan (Anders Lauridsen), 19:40. 2, R, Ali Kamara (Damian Ruiz), 28:21. 3, R, Jonathan Larsen (Austin Herrick), 74:23. Shots—S 10, R 15. Saves—S, Adam Aguilar 6, Ian Fry 2. R, Ruiz 8.