When Marco Acevedo Sr. became coach of the Manzanillo team in the Pasco Soccer League in 2001, it was his dream to make it a family.
Eleven seasons and four PSL championships later, his dream has been fulfilled. Acevedo got to watch his son, Marco Jr., score two goals in Manzanillo’s 4-0 victory over Brazil in the PSL First Division title game Sunday at the Road 36 soccer complex in Pasco.
“I’ve known most of these players since they were kids,” the happy dad said.
His son, a former Pasco High School star, takes just as much pride in keeping the winning tradition alive.
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“My dad built this team when I was in high school,” Marco Jr. said. “I asked a couple of guys if they wanted to come play. It’s been about six or seven years we’ve been playing together.”
Acevedo Jr. scored Manzanillo’s first two goals in the 14th and 30th minutes before Julio Andrade made it 3-0 just before halftime. Andrade added another goal in the second half to cap the scoring.
Manzanillo goalkeeper Jose Herrera, who led the Richland Bombers to the 2003 Class 4A state soccer title, already had won two PSL titles with Bud Light. But this might have been his easiest championship yet behind sweeper Martin Ramirez and a strong back line.
“I didn’t do anything,” Herrera said with a smile.
Actually, he did. The 6-foot-5 goalie snagged several crosses out of the air before they could find their mark in front of Brazil’s onrushing forwards, frustrating the defending champions.
“We got ourselves mentally prepared, and we pressured their backs,” Acevedo Jr. said. “The more pressure we put on them, the more chances we got back.”
In the Second Division championship, Brandon Lopez scored two goals, and Julio Abarca added a third to lead Deportivo Kennewick to a 3-1 win over Toromocho.
It was the first title for Deportivo Kennewick, consisting mostly of Kennewick High School players and coached by former KHS player Samuel B. Abarca, who took over the coaching role at mid-season.
“At the beginning, it was hard, but then they started listening,” Abarca said after earning his first PSL championship.