The Hanford boys soccer team completed its long-awaited goal of a Mid-Columbia Conference championship Saturday, beating Kennewick 2-1 at Lampson Stadium to clinch the title outright.
The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first minute, getting a quick goal by Federico Villasenor, but the Falcons didn’t panic despite facing the defending MCC champions on their own home field.
Will Eldred took a pass from Iovani Rodriguez in the 36th minute and tied the score with a chip shot over Kennewick goalkeeper Henry Hernandez. In the 64th minute, Joseph Ghirardo fed Mario Zarate, who drilled a shot past Hernandez to give the Falcons the lead.
“For us to fight back, especially against a team like Kennewick, which is known for their defensive efforts, showed a lot of character,” Hanford coach Mike Pardini said. “We’re also taking it with a grain of salt. We’re jumping into the playoffs shortly, and there’s a good chance we’ll face them again.”
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Pardini earned his fourth league championship as a coach and his first since 2009. He won three as a player (1996, 1998-99) and three as a coach (2007-09) with Pasco.
“At Pasco, it was expected. It’s become pretty similar here at Hanford. We were successful again this year with the pressure of most teams being ready for us,” Pardini said. “This is a difficult league. For us to take the league title and represent the MCC is a big deal.
“After the game, obviously, the players were excited about the accomplishment.”
Scoring—1, K, Federico Villasenor, 1:00; 2, H, Will Eldred (Iovani Rodriguez), 36:00; 3, H, Mario Zarate (Joseph Ghirardo), 64:00. Shots—H 4, K 6. Saves—H, Jacob Thiel 5. K, Henry Hernandez 2.
Richland 1, Southridge 0 (2OT): Ryan Wolski scored the game-winning goal with two minutes left in double overtime, giving the Bombers a win in their regular-season finale.
Richland goalkeeper David Banks, who filled in for the injured Damian Ruiz, recorded the shutout in his first start in goal, making five saves.
Ali Kamara controlled the ball at the top of the Southridge penalty box following a Bombers’ corner kick. He tried a shot but instead passed to Wolski, who was stationed in front of the 6-yard box.
“He had a good look and took one touch,” Richland coach Octavio Dovalle said.
Scoring—1, R, Ryan Wolski (Ali Kamara), 88:00. Shots—R 8, S 5. Saves—R, David Banks 5. S, Chandler Ruggieri 7.
Chiawana 2, Walla Walla 1 (OT): Cesar Leon and Ariel Arroyo assisted each other with the tying and winning scores as the Riverhawks took a crucial decision to claim the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A District 5 tournament.
Walla Walla will host Richland in a loser-out game Tuesday, with the winner playing at Chiawana on Thursday.
Scoring—1, WW, Christian Segovia (Fermin Suarez) 45th. 2, C, Ariel Arroyo (Cesar Leon) 50th. 3, C, Leon (Arroyo) 89th. Shots—Walla Walla 11, Chiawana 11. Saves—Walla Walla, Mason Ahrens 3. Chiawana, Fernando Gutierrez 4.
Pasco 2, Kamiakin 0: Bulldogs goalkeeper Jon Rosas made three saves to earn his seventh shutout, and Pasco rolled over the Braves in its regular-season finale.
“That was our ninth shutout in (MCC) play. We’re real happy about that,” Bulldogs coach Matt Potter said. “We want to be playing well going into the playoffs.”
The teams played 63 minutes without a score before Hector Magana put up the game’s first goal off an assist from Joel Valle.
Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez netted an insurance goal in the 78th minute off an assist from Magana.
“(Kamiakin is) a hard-working, tough team, but we stuck with it and kept our composure,” Potter said.
Pasco (10-4 overall, 10-4 MCC) had already clinched the No. 1 seed to the Class 4A District 5 playoffs beginning Tuesday. The Bulldogs, however, will have a bye through Saturday’s championship game.
Scoring—1, P, Hector Magana (Joel Valle), 64:00; 2, P, Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez (Magana), 78:00. Shots—K 3, P 7. Saves—K, Riley Shulman, Connor Durham 5. P, Jon Rosas 3.
Eisenhower 3, Sunnyside 2: Christian Chavez tied the score for the Grizzlies in the 77th minute on a penalty kick, but Ike sneaked in the winner during stopage time in the Big Nine contest.
Scoring—1, S, Luis Licona (Alexander Marin) 10. 2, E, Christian Lucatero 22. 3, E, Oscar Toscano 40. 4, S, Christian Chavez (PK) 77. 5, E, Gracen Gilman 80. Shots—Eisenhower 9, Sunnyside 14. Saves—Sunnyside, Jorge Villegas 3. Eisenhower, Juan Rivera 7.
Royal 2, Connell 0: Cesar Bernal assisted on the Knights’ first goal by Oscar Ramirez and then scored an insurance goal in the second half to lift Royal to the SCAC East home win over the Eagles.
Knights’ goalkeeper Miguel Alvarez made three saves for the shutout.
Scoring—1, R, Oscar Ramirez, (Cesar Bernal), 35:04; 2, R, Bernal, 67:03. Shots—C 9, R 22. Saves—C, Adsel Plaza 13. R, Miguel Alvarez 3.
Wahluke 8, Kiona-Benton 0: Luis Velos, Ramon Bravo and Juan Bravo each scored a pair of goals as the Warriors cruised to an SCAC win at home.
With a final round of regular-season games set for Tuesday, Wahluke likely is headed for the third seed in the district tournament and a first-round home game.
Scoring—1, W, Luis Velos (Luis Vaca) 7th. 2, W, Librado Barajas (PK) 13th. 3, W, Ramon Bravo (Vaca) 15th. 4, W, Vaca (Bravo) 18th. 5, W, Juan Bravo (Vaca) 22nd. 6, W, R. Bravo (Angel Cruz) 30th. 7, W, J. Bravo 35th. 8, W, Velos (J. Bravo) 58th. Shots—Wahluke 25, Kiona-Benton 6. Saves—Wahluke, Alan Caro 2, Ulysses Gonzalez 3. Kiona-Benton, Jonathon Gutierrez 13.
Granger 2, Wahluke 1: Juan Sandoval scord with 15 minutes left in regulation to lead the Spartans (13-2) to a home win over the Warriors on Thursday.
Ramon Bravo scored the game’s opening goal for Wahluke (10-3), but the Warriors suffered a blow early in the game and couldn’t recover.
Freshman Emmanuel Hidalgo, one of Wahluke’s leading scorers, got hurt 15 minutes into the game during a collision with a Granger player. Had received nine stitches in his forehead and will be out of action this weekend against Kiona-Benton.
Scoring—1, W, Ramon Bravo (Juan Estrada), 33:00. G, Ramiro Castillo, 55:00. G, Juan Sandoval, 65:00. Red card—G, Fredy Sojo. Shots—W 11, G 13. Saves—W, Alan Caro 9. G, Ulises Arenas 6.