Mario Zarate took a pass from Jacob Bogen in the 47th minute and blasted a 30-yard shot into the side netting, giving Hanford the only goal of the match in a 1-0 win over Juanita in the first round of the Class 3A state boys soccer playoffs in Richland.
The Falcons (14-6) will face Kennewick (16-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lampson Stadium with a Final Four berth on the line. Hanford last reached the 3A semifinals in 2002, finishing fourth.
“It’s a great opportunity for us. I think it will be a great environment with two local teams playing each other for the third time,” Hanford coach Mike Pardini said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. They’re a very disciplined team on defense but they still have some flair at forward.”
Falcons goalkeeper Jacob Thiel made seven saves for his third playoff shutout and eighth of the year.
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Scoring—1, H, Mario Zarate (Jacob Bogen), 47:00. Shots—J 7, H 14. Saves—J, Dominik Mayr 13. H, Jacob Thiel 7.
GRANDVIEW 4, EAST VALLEY (SPOKANE) 0: Host Grandview used a two-goal swing around the 30-minute mark to take control of its first-round 2A state tournament match against East Valley of Spokane.
Greyhounds keeper Elmer Campuzano made a stop on an East Valley penalty kick, then 30 seconds later Martin Barragan scored off an assist from teammate Victor Valencia to give Grandview a 1-0 lead.
And that opened the floodgates.
“It acted like a cattle prod,” said Greyhounds coach Anne Holden. “From then on were able to, at will, go attack.”
Edwin Salgado converted two penalty kicks, and Ricardo Serrato finished the scoring with a goal.
Campuzano made six saves for Grandview, as the defense pitched another shutout.
“Our defense is giving up a goal every 2 1/2 games,” Holden said.
Grandview will play the winner of tonight’s West Valley-Yakima at Cheney game, most likely on Saturday in a 2A state quarterfinal game.
Scoring—1, G, Martin Barragan (Victor Valencia), 31:00. 2, G, Edwin Salgado PK, 51:00. 3, G, Salgado, PK, 60:00. 4, Ricardo Serrato (Ismael Montes) 69:00. Shots—EV 6, G 10. Saves—EV, Adam Bromley 6; G, Elmer Campuzano 6.