It has been 10 years since the Richland boys soccer team made the 4A state tournament.
The Bombers seniors, for one, decided that was long enough.
Jonathan Larsen, a senior midfielder and co-captain, scored a pair of first-half goals three minutes apart to lift Richland to a 2-1 win over Ferris in the first round of the District 5/8 regional tournament on Tuesday at Bomber Field.
“Jonathan has been the most consistent every-game player we’ve had all year long. Today it was his turn to turn it on, and he did,” Richland coach Octavio DoValle said.
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The Bombers were missing a couple of starters, incuding senior defender Kevin Garza, who suffered a concussion Saturday against Walla Walla. But Trevor Hoyt, a freshman returning from a knee injury, stepped into Garza’s role rather seamlessly.
“It was a big game for him,” DoValle said. “It’s a good thing we had him.”
The Bombers (10-5) will play host to the No. 8 seed out of District 3/4 at a time to be determined next week.
“We’ll see what we can do there. We’re pretty optimistic about our abilities all around,” DoValle said. “Our goalkeeper (Damien Ruiz) keeps us in games, and we score. That’s how it goes.”
Scoring—1, Richland, Jonathan Larsen (James Olsen), 27:00; 2, Richland, Larsen (Anders Lauridsen), 30:00; 3, Ferris, Jon Gelgalo (Connor Ourada), 86:00. Shots—Ferris 10, Richland 15. Saves—Ferris, Beau Lockmer, 8; Richland, Damian Ruiz, 6
Hanford 6, Mt. Spokane 2: Joseph Ghirardo recorded his first hat trick of the year, and Iovani Rodriguez tacked on two more goals as the Falcons earned a win in their first regional playoff appearance since 2007.
“We were a little shaky at the beginning. It’s the first time any of these guys have been in the playoffs. Once we calmed down, we started to take over,” Hanford coach Mike Pardini said. “We got a quick succession of three goals, and that made a big difference. We did a good job jumping on them.”
The Falcons (10-6) will travel to Spokane on Thursday to play University at 6 p.m. in a loser-out contest. The winner will face the Kennewick/Shadle Park loser on Saturday for the No. 2 berth to the 3A state tournament.
“We had some guys step up today that hadn’t historically gotten on the stat line,” Pardini said. “We were well rested and able to take advantage of the heat.”
Scoring—1, H, Joseph Ghirardo, 26:00; 2, H, Mario Zarate (PK), 28:00; 3, H, Iovani Rodriguez (Will Bishop), 33:00; 4, MS, Spencer Cole, 36:00; 5, Ghirardo (Bishop), 59:00; 6, H, Ghirardo (Zarate), 67:00; 7, MS, Chase Milligan (Brady Moore), 73:00; 8, H, Rodriguez (Kelly Smith), 80:00 Shots—MtS 5, H 12. Saves—MtS, Evan Kamerer 6. H, Jacob Thiel 3.
University 3, Kamiakin 2: Ty Wallin and Adam Sherman scored for the Braves, but it wasn’t enough as University of Spokane ended Kamiakin’s season in a District 5/8 Tournament opening-round game.
Riley Shulman made nine saves in goal for the Braves.
Scoring—1, University, Marcelo Morales, 26:00; 2, Kamiakin, Ty Wallin (Jose Anguiano), 49:00; 3, University, Trevor Martin, 50:00; 4, University, Brandon Burke, 67:00; 5, Kamiakin, Adam Sherman (Grayson Bailey), 67:00. Shots—Kamiakin 11, University 12. Saves—Kamiakin, Riley Shulman, 9; University, Quinn Howe, 9
Grandview 1, Toppenish 0: The Greyhounds switched up their game plan against the Wildcats, which gave them a tactical edge in a CWAC district win that earned Grandview a second consecutive 2A state berth.
Cesar Orduno scored off an assist from Ruben Clara in the 64th minute for the only goal of the match. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds were denying Jonathan Lopez, Toppenish’s high-scoring forward with some good ball pressure.
“We put pressure on the guys delivering the ball, not allowing Mr. Lopez to work his magic,” Grandview coach Anne Holden said. “We were able to turn that into our good fortune.”
The Greyhounds will play West Valley (Yakima) on Friday for the District 5/6/7 championship.
Scoring—1, G, Cesar Orduno (Ruben Clara), 64:00. Shots—G 8, T 4. Saves—G, Elmer Campuzano 4. T, Oliver Sanchez 7.
Highland 3, Wahluke 0: Jesus Gutierrez scored twice in the first half to lift the Scotties to an SCAC district win over the Warriors, eliminating Wahluke from the playoffs.
Gutierrez’s first goal came on a 40-yard free kick that eluded the Warriors’ all-SCAC goalkeeper Alan Caro despite a diving attempt.
“They’re a good team. We had a certain plan, and this plan worked for 36 minutes,” Warriors coach Arthur DeVictoria said. “(Gutierrez) stepped up and made a great shot. I didn’t think he’d go for a goal from that far out.”
Scoring—1, H, Jesus Gutierrez 36:0’; 2, H, Gutierrez, 39:00; 3, H, Juan Salcedo, 58:00. Shots—W 7, H 15. Saves—W, Alan Caro 6. H, Armando Lopez 2.
Royal 3, Warden 2 (SO): Jose Medina scored for Royal in regulation and in the shootout, lifting the Knights past the Cougars in the SCAC district playoffs and into the 1A state soccer tournament.
Warden took a 2-1 lead but Cesar Bernal scored the equalizer for Royal in the second half.
The Knights will play Highland on Thursday for the District 5 championship and seeding to the 1A tournament.