High School Soccer

They fell just short of a title last year. Pasco ready for another shot

The Pasco boys soccer team celebrates its 2-1 win over Lewis and Clark in the state quarterfinals May 19 at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco. The Bulldogs will play Eastmont in the semifinals Friday in Puyallup.
The Pasco boys soccer team celebrates its 2-1 win over Lewis and Clark in the state quarterfinals May 19 at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco. The Bulldogs will play Eastmont in the semifinals Friday in Puyallup. Pasco High School

The Pasco soccer team has done everything in its power to carve a path to the 4A state championship game.

The one obstacle left in its way is Eastmont (15-3) in Friday's semifinals at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Game time is 6 p.m.

"All four teams that are left are quality teams and capable of winning the tournament," Bulldogs coach Matt Potter said. "We've seen throughout the season, they are talented and very dangerous."

Skyline (15-1-3) and Sumner (17-2) play in the other semifinal. The winners meet at 5 p.m. Saturday for the title.

Pasco (19-2), which placed second to Todd Beamer last year, knocked off the Titans 3-0 in the first round of state.

Central Valley, which has been a thorn in the Bulldogs' side for years, got a ticket home in the district opener. Pasco finished off the Greater Spokane League, beating Lewis and Clark in the district finals, and last Saturday in the state quarterfinals.

"No matter who you play, it's good to win this time of year," Potter said.

Now, it's Eastmont's turn to test its luck.

The Bulldogs, who won state titles in 1999 and 2007, have won 10 games in a row since a loss to Kennewick on April 10.

They have four players — Edwin Aquino, Kevin Meraz-Rodriguez, Jorge Magana and Oscar Cortez — who have at least 10 goals and 10 assists apiece, and Frank Moreno has been a brick wall in goal.

"We have an attack that has been really great," Potter said.

Team chemistry also has been key this year, and a team dinner Tuesday night was one of the last this group will share together.

"It's great to get this many days with the guys and maximize our time together," Potter said.

The same can be said for the coaching staff — Justin Carey, Lucas Cash, Rick Garza, Teresa Chavez, Andy Ledezma and Jen Comfort —which has been together for the 11 years Potter has been at the helm.

"That offers continuity," Potter said. "That has been an important part of this."

Annie Fowler: 582-1574; @tchicequeen
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