Mike Pardini is as much a part of Pasco’s proud soccer tradition as anyone, winning a 4A state championship as a player in 1999 and then as the Bulldogs’ head coach in 2007.
On Saturday, the first-year Hanford coach faced his former team for the first time, and his job was to find a way to beat them.
After a scoreless first half, Rolando Tobon broke the tie with a goal off an assist from Mario Zarate in the 56th minute, and Joseph Ghirardo padded the lead with a goal four minutes later as the Falcons topped Pasco 3-0 in a Mid-Columbia Conference matchup.
“It’s always tough for any coach to face a team he’s had some history with,” Pardini said. “But that’s Matt Potter’s team now, and my loyalty is with Hanford.”
The Bulldogs neutralized the Falcons’ attack for the first 50 minutes before Pardini began to make a few adjustments.
“Pasco made it real tough for us, but the main thing for us was weathering the storm,” Pardini said. “Kelly Smith had a fantastic game in back. We were able to create some opportunities using our back line.”
Jacob Bogen added a third goal for Hanford in the 74th minute.
Jacob Thiel recorded five saves for the shutout.
Scoring—1, H, Rolando Tobon (Mario Zarate), 56:00; 2, H, Joseph Ghirardo (Will Bishop) 61:00; 3, H, Jacob Bogen, 74:00. Shots—P 5, H 8. Saves—P, Johnathan Rosas 5. H, Jacob Thiel 5.
Richland 4, Walla Walla 0: Austin Herrick scored two second-half goals and added an assist to lift the Bombers to an MCC road win over the Blue Devils.
“Walla Walla has always been a thorn in our side (on their field) the last few years. This time we were able to get a win on the road, which is kind of nice for us,” Richland coach Octavio Dovalle said after his team scored all four of its goals in the final 20 minutes of play.
“It’s the type of scenario where the (target) gets bigger, and your organization starts functioning better,” Dovalle said.
Jonathan Larsen added a goal and an assist for the Bombers, while Damien Ruiz made two saves for the shutout.
Scoring—1, R, Ali Kamara (Trevor Hoyt), 60:00; 2, R, Austin Herrick (Kamara), 66:00; 3, R, Jonathan Larsen (Herrick), 77:00; 4, R, Herrick (Larsen) 79:00. Shots—R 12, WW 5. Saves—R, Damien Ruiz 2. WW, Antonio Meza 8.
Kennewick 1, Southridge 0: Adrian Rojo scored on a 35-yard free kick in the 22nd minute, and the host Lions improved to 4-0 in the Mid-Columbia Conference and 6-0 overall with a win over the Suns at Lampson Stadium.
Scoring—1, K, Adrian Rojo, 22:00. Shots—S 0, K 12. Saves—S, James Fort 5. K, Jose Rodriguez, Henry Hernandez 0.
Kamiakin 2, Chiawana 1: Gil Guizar scored in the 65th minute to lift the Braves to a road win against the Riverhawks.
Ty Wallin also had a goal for Kamiakin, while Oswaldo Berumen tied the score for Chiawana in the 43rd minute.
Scoring—1, K, Ty Wallin (Jose Anguiano), 41:00. 2, C, Oswaldo Berumen, 43:00. 3, K, Gil Guizar (Kolten Brockman), 65:00. Shots—K 9, C 9. Saves—K, Riley Schulman 3. C, Fernando Gutierrez 5.
Othello 1, East Valley 0: Khristian Herrera headed home a cross from Jason Rodriguez in the 27th minute for the only goal of the match as the Huskies handed the Red Devils their first nonleague loss.
Diego Suarez and Trevor Walker split time in goal for Othello, recording three saves apiece for the shutout.
Scoring—1, O, Khristian Herrera (Jason Rodriguez), 27:00. Shots—O 16, EV 10. Saves—O, Diego Suarez 3, Trevor Walker 3. EV, Gage Fereday 6.
Grandview 2, Toppenish 1: Ismael Montes and Victor Valencia scored to lead the host Greyhounds past the Wildcats.
Scoring—1, G, Ismael Montes (Ricardo Serrato), 20:00. 2, G, Victor Valencia (Cesar Orduno), 62:00. 3, T, Armando Robles (Jonathan Lopez), 65:00. Shots—T 5, G 4. Saves—T, Mario Rodriguez 2. G, Elmer Campuzano 4.
ROYAL 8, KIONA-BENTON 0: Christian Guerrero scored a hat trick and Luis Garcia added two more goals as host Royal routed Kiona-Benton in an SCAC match.
Scoring—1, R, Cesar Bernal (Alex Myrick), 3:14; 2, R, Christian Guerrero, 10:33; 3, R, Guerrero, 36:33; 4, R, Luis Garcia, 40:06; 5, R, Guerrero, 41:30; 6, R, Garcia (Jose Medina), 47:19; 7, R, Jesus Ochoa, 54:02; 8, R, unreported. Shots—KB 6, R 22. Saves—KB, Jeffery Bono, 2; R, Miguel Alvarez, 3; Lupe Arceo, 1.
Highland 2, Connell 0: Duvan Vaca assisted on the game’s first goal by Jesus Gutierrez and then added a goal in the 62nd minute as the Scotties won an SCAC East match at Connell.
Scoring—1, H, Jesus Gutierrez (Duvan Vaca), 18:12; 2, H, Vaca 62:25. Shots—H 16, C 10. Saves—H, Armando Lopez 7. C, Adsel Plaza 8.
Wahluke 3, Mabton 2: Ramon Bravo dribbled across the front of the goal mouth, drawing out Vikings’ goalkeeper Kevin Garcia, and fired a shot across his body to the near post for the game-winning goal.
Wahluke took a 2-0 lead on goals from Jorge Preciado and Charlie Ramos in the first 13 minutes. Mabton scored the next two goals in the next seven minutes before Bravo punched in the final goal of the match in the 25th minute.
Scoring—1, W, Jorge Preciado 7:00; 2, W, Charlie Ramos (Ramon Bravo) 13:00; 3, M, Josh Carrasco (Lorenzo Sanchez) 18:00; 4, M, Jose Andrade (Jose Cruz) 20:00; 5, W, Bravo 25:00. Shots—M 6, W 11. Saves—M, Kevin Garcia 5. W, Alan Caro 4.