A couple games into the season, a nonleaguer at home -- sounds like the perfect time to mix things up and try some new combinations, get some younger kids some valuable experience.
Not when it's Chiawana and Pasco on the pitch.
Miguel Chavez scored the game's only goal off a feed from Omar Martinez 12 minutes in, and the Bulldogs held off the Riverhawks for a 1-0 win Thursday at Edgar Brown Stadium.
"It had that playoff-type feel," said Pasco coach Matt Potter. "It's a nonleaguer, the second game of the season, and it feels like a playoff match, which is cool. Both teams take it very seriously, but at the same time a lof of them are pretty good buddies."
The Bulldogs' goal came on a buildup originated by Jovan Rojas, who found Martinez open for a quick cross to Chavez in front of the net.
Potter praised the play of Chiawana midfielders Ariel Gonzalez and Sam Nunez along with forward Rene Solorio. Potter's own praise went to Pasco's defensive line and goalkeepers Jose Ramos and Luis Gonzales.
"Each team had a cople of good chances," Potter said. "It was a great crowd -- it's fun to have quite a few people there. It was a fun game overall."
Scoring--1, P, Miguel Chavez (Omar Martinez) 12:00. Shots--Pasco 8, Chiawana 4. Saves--Pasco, Jose Ramos 2, Luis Gonzales 2; Chiawana 4.
Richland 2, Hanford 0: John Larsen assisted on a first-period goal and punched one in himself in the second as Richland took a nonleaguer off their neighborhood rival at the Bomber Bowl.
"We missed quite a few chances," said Bombers coach Octavio DoValle, whose club outshot the Falcons 14-4.
Scoring--1, R, Nicholas Reyes (John Larsen) 20:00; 2, R, Larsen (Gerrard Lomas) 60:00. Shots--Richland 14, Hanford 4. Saves--Richland, Nash Yamauchi 1; Hanford, Jacob Bogen 8.
Sunnyside 6, Wapato 0: Javier Contreras scored the first and the last as the host Grizzlies cruised to the nonleague victory.
Oswaldo Lopez and Marcelo Madera each had a goal and assist for Sunnyside, which opens CBBN 3A play Saturday at Eastmont.
Scoring--1, S, Javier Contreras (Oswaldo Lopez) 6:00; 2, S, Lopez 9:00; 3, S, Edgar Aguilar 18:00; 4, S, Eddie Garcia 53:00; 5, S, Christian De La Cruz (Marcelo Madera) 60:00; 6, S, Contreras (Madera) 70:00. Shots--Sunnyside 10, Wapato 3. Saves--Sunnyside, Christian Vargas 2, Max Ramos 1; Wapato, Abraham Grimaldo 4.