The Hanford boys soccer team got to the Class 3A state semifinals playing team soccer.
Once the Falcons got to the Final Four at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, however, they found out just how dangerous one-on-one battles can be, too.
Hanford took a 2-0 lead Saturday against Bainbridge, the defending 3A champion, before Michael Crowley scored two unanswered goals for the Spartans to send the game into overtime.
Will Economy, who assisted Crowley on the equalizing goal, picked up the game-winner in the third minute of the second overtime, giving Bainbridge the win. Hanford, which returned to the Final Four for just the second time in school history, took fourth.
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“(The game-winner) was kind of a lucky deal on their end,” Falcons coach Mike Pardini said. “They got on something that should have been cleared and stuck it in the back of the net.”
Michael Parkman gave Hanford a 1-0 lead, scoring off an assist from Joseph Ghirardo in the 19th minute. The Falcons made it 2-0 six minutes later on a goal by Will Bishop.
But that lead wouldn’t hold for long. Crowley scored five minutes before the half to cut the lead to 2-1 and again five minutes into the second half to tie it.
“We did a good job as a team, but we got broke down individually,” Pardini said. “Toward the end of regulation we had all the chances in the world we could have finished.”
Pardini, who took over the Hanford program this year, was proud of what the Falcons accomplished.
“As a coach, I’m able to withdraw and see what an amazing journey it was for these guys,” he said. “Their work rate was second to no one. We got to see some great teams in the playoffs, but we matched up with all of them.”
Scoring—1, H, Michael Parkman (Joseph Ghirardo), 19:00; 2, H, Will Bishop, 25:00; 3, B, Michael Crowley, 35:00; 4, B, Crowley (Will Economy), 45:00; 5, B, Economy, 88:00. Shots—B 10, H 13. Saves—B 11, H, Jacob Thiel 7.