|6/5/2014 3:38:00 PM|
Goats finish fourth at State
|The Chelan Goats soccer team shows off its fourth place trophy following last weekend’s State tournament in Sumner. Pictured in the top row is (L-R) Coach Jamie Richards, Humberto Ramirez, Tanner Johnson, Joaquin Garcia, Salvador Gonzalez, Abelino Farias, Saul Garcia, Leo Pineda, Victor Alvarez, Fausto Vieyra, Rafael Barajas, Juan Garcia and Coach Jim Broome. On the bottom row is (L-R) Coach Gilberto Romero, Miguel Sanchez, Alexis Vargas, Edbin Vargas, Ivan Montalvo, Ivan Magdaleno, Jose Valencia, Alexis Bravo, Julio Vera, German Gutierrez, Cristian Barajas and Ben Banuelos. More on the State tourney can be found on page 8 of this edition of the Lake Chelan Mirror|
The Chelan Goats soccer team wanted to leave Sumner last Saturday, May 31, with a second-straight State title. But the Goats didn't have an ideal weekend, losing both games to finish in fourth place at the State tournament.
Chelan played in the semifinal game against Quincy at Sunset Chev Stadium last Friday, May 30, in the rubber match between the two teams. It was a physical and chippy game, but the Jacks prevailed, 2-1.
"There's always variables, there's always stuff to blame someone, bottom line is Quincy came out and walked away with the victory," Chelan Coach Jamie Richards said.
Quincy started off the match playing well and controlling possession early. The Jacks broke through in the 15th minute, with a bad bounce on a lob into the Chelan box, landing right at the feet of wide open Quincy's Freddy Ruiz, firing the ball past Chelan goalkeeper Miguel Sanchez to take a 1-0 lead.
Chelan stepped up its game after falling behind Qunicy early. The team pressed and had some chances to score a goal, including a chance with Chelan's Cristian Barajas missing a shot wide with a one-on-one chance against the keeper.
But, the Goats tied the game in the 34th minute. Baraja's sent a corner kick into the box, which found the head of Chelan's Juan Garcia, heading it past Quincy defenders and the goalkeeper to tie the game at halftime.
Chelan and Quincy looked for the go-ahead goal coming out in the second half, with both teams having solid chances to take the lead. Quincy took the lead in the 54th minute, as Quincy's Daniel Contreras was able to find the back of the net to give the Jacks the 2-1 lead. The Goats pressed Quincy to try and get the equalizer, but couldn't score as the Jacks earned the win.
"You always teach players not to let the ref(eree) get the best of you, going into decisions, going into games," Richards said. "In my opinion, that is the worst reffing I have seen all season long."
Chelan attempted 14 shots while Quincy fired 21 shots. Chelan goalkeeper Miguel Sanchez made eight saves.
The loss put the Goats in the third place game against King's High School last Saturday, May 31. Chelan fought hard, but the Knights prevailed and earned the win, 3-0.
Both teams began the game trying to figure out the other's playing style. Each team had chances in the early minutes of the game. King's broke through in the 26th minute. Chelan goalkeeper Miguel Sanchez came out to play the ball, which allowed King's Taylor Moe to chip the ball over the keeper's head to take a 1-0 lead. Chelan tried to tie the game in the first half, but the Knights ended the first half with a one goal lead.
Chelan came out in the second half, trying to tie the game. But it was King's that got on the board next in the 46th minute. Excellent passing from King's set up an opportunity for Ryan Fransen in the middle of the box, shooting the ball into the net to gain a 2-0 lead.
The Goats pressed hard to get back into the game, controlling the ball and getting quality chances. Chelan had shots go just wide, hit the cross bar and corner kicks that weren't able to find the back of the net. The Knights put the game away in the 87th minute with a goal by King's Alex Muri, with a corner kick falling at his feet in front of the net, booting it into the goal to cap off King's win.
"I don't know what happened," Richards said. "I think player's passion took over and they quit listening to things and they had an early goal, he (Sanchez) just lost where he was on the field, he should never come out and challenge that ball when you have four defenders on that and they just touched it over his head and there went the momentum."
Even though the team didn't leave Sumner with the medal it wanted, the coaches are still proud of the way the team played all season.
"It was a rebuilding season and I couldn't be more happy," Richards said. "Of course I'm disappointed with the loss, I don't like to lose and I don't like that for the community of Chelan. We tried to come back with a trophy and it just didn't work out this year. But it is our third year here, couldn't be more proud in a rebuilding year."
Chelan will send off a great group of seniors that has been with Richards since they were freshman, and it will be tough to see them go.
"It's a tough one for me because when I came in as coach, they were freshman," Richards said. "It's kind of the end of that first legacy for me as a head coach. As far as filling the role, you'll never get another Julio Vera but we've got guys coming in that are very similar, so, we'll be just fine."
Matt Baide can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
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